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Mega Merger: What does the £5.6bn Aviva/Friends Life deal mean for advisers?

The proposed £5.6bn mega-merger of Aviva and Friends Life will result in thousands of job losses and rock the foundations of the UK pensions, protection and investment industries, experts are predicting. Last week, the Aviva and Friends Life boards revealed detailed discussions on the biggest pension deal in years. The Friends Life board has indicated […]

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Labour leader Ed Miliband resigns

Ed Miliband has resigned as Labour leader, effective following today’s VE day commemorations, after the party was hammered in the general election. Miliband’s party lost out heavily last night, retaining just a single seat in Scotland, while shadow chancellor Ed Balls lost his seat in Morley and Outwood. In a speech today, Miliband said Labour deputy […]

Why Newton is going against the grain

With stock markets reaching new highs, many financial commentators share a common belief – global economies are on the road to recovery. Newton’s view of the world, however, is very different. For them, the upturn has been driven by government and central bank policy across the globe, rather than from any real economic recovery. They […]

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First year-on-year deflation since records began

The consumer prices index has fallen year-on-year for first time since official records began in 1996. Office for National Statistics data show CPI fell by 0.1 per cent in the year to April 2015, compared to no change in the year to March 2015. It is the first year-on-year fall since 1960 based on comparable […]

Are your clients taking enough risk to meet their pension goals?

Robin Geffen, Fund Manager & CEO An over-reliance on ‘low volatility’ products could be seriously limiting returns for investors saving for retirement. Whilst risk awareness is vital in portfolio construction, in our view the biggest risk to pension savers is not portfolio volatility; it is the very real risk of a retirement funding shortfall. View […]

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