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Paul Lewis: How do you solve a problem like Maria?

She is Maria Sinclair, just 65 and she is happy. Pension freedom has begun. She has a pension pot, which she began some 25 years ago, and she believes it is worth quite a lot. In work, Maria never earned more than £18,000 a year. Her state pension amounts to £118.64 a week. She has […]

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Billy Burrows: Annuity update

There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]

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Zurich transfers annuity book to Rothesay Life

Zurich UK Life is to transfer its legacy portfolio of £1.2bn of annuities to specialist insurer Rothesay Life for an undisclosed fee. Under part seven transfer rules the transfer, of around 28,000 policies, is subject to a review process by regulators and courts before it can complete. Zurich has not actively promoted annuity sales since […]

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NAB set to offload Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks

National Australia Bank is set to let go of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks and float part of the business. As part of its de-merger plans, NAB will transfer 70-80 per cent of its shares in Clydesdale, which includes Yorkshire Bank, to NAB shareholders. The remaining 20-30 per cent will be floated on the stock exchange. […]

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