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Scottish Widows appoints head of bulk annuities

Scottish Widows has appointed a managing director of bulk annuities and investment strategy as part of a management shake-up. In October Lloyds Banking Group announced Scottish Widows would enter the bulk annuity market. It has now appointed Jeff Sayers, previously insurance divisional risk officer at Lloyds, to lead the proposition. Sayers joined Lloyds in 2013 […]

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Wells Street Journal: Comic meets pensions expert in Twitter brawl

Irish funnyman Dara Ó Briain waded into an unexpected Twitter brawl with Fidelity Worldwide Investment retirement director Alan Higham last week, with the pair exchanging blows on tax. Ó Briain, a panel show heavyweight and host of maths programme School of Hard Sums, made a daring foray into the technical world of pensions legislation, slamming […]

Architas loses multi-asset manager to Schroders

Architas has appointed senior investment manager Nathan Sweeney as co-manager at the firm, after the departure of Stephanie Carbonneil to join Schroders. Sweeney will manage the the £770m Architas Multi-Asset Active range and run the six risk-profiled funds alongside existing co-manager and Architas chief investment officer Caspar Rock. Sweeney replaces senior investment manager Stephanie Carbonneil, who will […]

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Asking prices fell pre-election but up 2.5% annually

Asking prices dipped in the run-up to the election but are up 2.5 per cent annually. Research by online estate agent Rightmove shows the average UK asking price was £285,891 in May, down 0.1 per cent from £286,133 in April. However, asking prices were up 2.5 per cent year-on-year from around £278,900 in April 2014. […]

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European value’s revival in 10 charts

By Rob Burnett, head of European Equities, Neptune Value strategies have historically outperformed their growth counterparts, yet have suffered amid adverse market conditions in recent years. While value’s outperformance has returned, few funds are positioned for it. What’s behind value’s recent resurgence and will it last? View charts here Important information Investment risks Neptune funds […]

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