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Global markets had a difficult start to the year, this time led down by China. The country’s ongoing growth and currency concerns undoubtedly played a part but the poor implementation of a market circuit breaker made it much worse, prompting fears about liquidity. But why does China matter so much? Some say it is because the global economy is still […]

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L&G publishes annuity bond portfolio holdings

Legal & General has moved to allay investor concerns about the bond portfolio supporting its annuity business by publishing details of its holdings. The insurer has today published provisional, unaudited analysis of its annuity bond portfolio as at 31 December “following a number of enquiries from sell side analysts and investors”. The data (below) shows […]

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Aegon cuts sales jobs in platform push

Aegon is to cut its salesforce from around 100 roles to 70 as part of a shift towards its platform business, Money Marketing understands. Sales staff were called into a meeting yesterday where it is understood the insurer announced around 30 roles would be lost as a result of moving resources away from its legacy […]

Daniel Godfrey: Asset managers must address opaque pricing

Asset managers need to give investors a single price for investment products separate from trading costs to boost transparency, says former Investment Association chief Daniel Godfrey. Speaking at the Transparency Symposium, Godfrey, who is currently non-executive director of Big Issue Invest Fund Management, says asset managers can use transparency around charges as a competitive advantage. He […]

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In Focus: How to choose a flexible benefits provider — seven top tips

Jelf Employee Benefits looks at some of the key considerations employers should think about when reviewing and choosing a flexible benefits provider. Choosing the right benefits for your employees is one thing but delivering a successful employee benefits strategy is about understanding the complete picture and delivering it in a personalised way so that it resonates with each and every individual in your business. 

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