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Insurance bonds better deal than National Savings

Guaranteed bonds issued by insurance companies currently offer better rates than National Savings "granny" bonds, according to a survey by Ilford based IFA Baronworth.

The survey found that for pensioners with £10,000 to save, National Savings one-year bond returned 5.75 per cent while a one-year guaranteed income bond by insurer AIG returned 6.26 per cent.

For savers wanting to tie up £10,000 for five years, Countryside Assured offered 6.29 per cent compared with 5.4 per cent from National Savings&#39.



It is obvious that standards of advice are linked to the competence of the adviser.Greater financial knowledge gained by consumers results in higher quality meetings with their advisers bec ause such consumers know the questions to ask and the options available to them. This is welcomed.The role of the press in educating the public is […]

Henderson picks ScotEq stars to head tech fund

Henderson has poached one of the UK&#39s top-rated technology teams from Scottish Equi table Asset Management to replace its own star managers who quit to set up a boutique in September. Stuart O&#39Gorman and Paul Kleiser will replace Tim Woolley and Brian Ashford-Russell as managers of Henderson&#39s £163;1.3bn global technology unit trust at the start […]

83% of advisers say they will use supermarkets

More than eight out of 10 independent advisers believe they will use a fund supermarket within the next two years, according to new res earch by Dresdner RCM. Eighty-three per cent of respondents to the Dresdner poll said they expected to use a supermarket, citing the reduction in paperwork and the volume of information as […]

Health first

Fidelity Investments – Healthcare FundType: Sicav.Aim: Growth by investing in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare services and medical equipment.Minimum investment: £1,000 lump sum, £50 a month.Investment split: North America 65 per cent, Europe 15.5 per cent, UK 12.3 per cent, Japan 7 per cent, Pacific 0.2 per cent.Place of registration: Luxemburg.Yield: Nil.Charges: Initial 5.25 per cent, 1.25 […]

Mothers missing out on millions

By Steve Webb, director of policy and external communications The ninth Royal London Policy Paper discusses how thousands of mothers are missing out on state pension rights when they don’t have to Earlier this month we published the ninth Royal London Policy Paper, entitled ‘Mothers Missing out on Millions’. It focuses on the thousands of mothers […]


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