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Investment Insight – Mensis horribilis

By Richard Dunbar, Investment Solutions, Aberdeen Asset Management

To the annus horribilis in the occasionally peculiar world of commodities has been added a mensis horribilis. In the past four weeks oil is down 20 per cent, copper down 10 per cent, corn 10 per cent and even gold is down 7 per cent. It doesn’t seem that long since mining executives were sitting in front of us talking of the commodity ‘supercycle’. But what has happened in the past few weeks to spook these markets further?



Advisers must address ‘false’ rip-off accusations

Advisers must address “false impressions” around value for money after a consumer survey found most savers accessing the pension freedoms are unwilling to pay a fee for advice. Just one in five people would pay for advice when deciding what to do with their pension pot, research carried out by consumer website suggests. A […]


Mortgage sector fights for FSCS reform

Alternative funding models are beginning to emerge as mortgage brokers continue to rage against the cost of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. A survey conducted by Money Marketing sister publication Mortgage Strategy last week found that almost nine in ten brokers believe the lifeboat scheme is in need of reform. A poll of 122 Mortgage […]

Phoenix Group 480 Wythall office Birmingham

Phoenix profits halve following Ignis sale

Closed book insurer Phoenix Life has seen pre-tax profits fall by 45 per cent in the first six months of the year following the sale of Ignis Asset Management. Pre-tax profit fell from £256m to £141m, while group operating profits fell by 49 per cent from £266m in the first half of 2014 to £135m […]


Advisers divided over FOS Sesame annuity ruling

Advisers are divided over the impact a FOS annuity misselling ruling against Sesame could have on retirement advice. The FOS ruled Sesame had to pay Mr K’s widow almost £21,000 after admitting it provided unsuitable advice to a client prior to a major operation. The firm reached the deal after the death of its client, when […]

Life cover for life

Jennifer Gilchrist Proposition Lead – Design, Royal London When someone mentions whole of life plans, most people will think of a niche product that serves as an inheritance tax planning tool for high-net-worth clients. And it’s really not surprising they’ve been pigeonholed in that way because before the arrival of RDR in 2013, that’s more […]


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