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Larger employers on course for stakeholder

Seventy five per cent of British businesses with a turnover of more than £1m have now either set up a stakeholder pension scheme or believe their existing arrangements are sufficient ahead of the 8th October deadline.

According to new research from Axa, that leaves an estimated 32,500 larger employers who need to take action.

Head of pensions marketing Steve Burgess says: "Worryingly, nearly two-thirds of companies without a Stakeholder scheme are either unaware of the October deadline or don’t think it applies to them. Clearly there is still a strong feeling amongst businesses that the introduction of Stakeholder Pensions does not affect them.”


Nationwide &#39most popular&#39 flexible lender

Nationwide claims it has become the UK&#39s most popular flexible mortgage lender with around 800,000 borrowers having access to a range of flexible features on their loans. The most popular option, according to the society, is the ability to overpay, with 10 per cent of those eligible making overpayments.

IFAs advising investors not to panic

IFAs are advising clients not to panic despite the uncertainty that surrounds the financial world as the New York Stock Exchange remains closed, possibly until Monday.Firms are expecting a rush of calls as investors&#39 attention turns from the enormity of the event in the US to the safety of their own investments.IFAs have been advising […]

Credit Suisse Asset Management – Multi-Manager Balanced Strategic Portfolio

Monday, 10 September 2001.Type: Unit trust. Aim: Income and growth by investing in fund of funds.Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000, monthly £100.Investment split: 100 per cent fund of funds.Yield: 3.9 per cent.Isa link: Yes.Pep transfers: Yes.Charges: Initial 4 per cent, annual 1.5 per cent.Commission: Initial 3 per cent, renewal 0.5 per cent.Tel: 020 7426 2626.  

Eagle Star flies with-profits flag

EAGLE STAR WITH-PROFITS BOND Type: With-profits bond. Aim: Income and growth by investing in unitised with-profits and up to 12 unit-linked funds. Minimum investment: £5,000. Bonus rate: 5.25 per cent. Allocation rates: Option one – £5,000-£19,999 – 95 per cent, £20,000-£29,999 95.25 per cent, £30,000-£49,999 – 95.5 per cent, £50,000 and above 96 per cent. […]

Artemis Monthly Distribution Fund: positioning and outlook

Managers James Foster and Jacob de Tusch-Lec outline the fund’s investment approach and discuss current investment themes and outlook for the bond and equity markets. As James and Jacob confirm, the Artemis Monthly Distribution Fund’s aim is to generate an income from both equities and bonds. They explain their investment approach in each asset class, the sectors where they are […]


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