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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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Advisers back away from DB transfers

Just one in four advisers are willing to work on transfers out of defined benefit pension schemes, boosting calls for new regulatory guidance. A survey of 248 advisers conducted by NMG Consulting found just 27 per cent would undertake DB transfers, while around half said they they would not. A quarter of respondents were undecided. […]

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LifeSearch renews contract with MoneySupermarket

LifeSearch has renewed its contract with MoneySupermarket.com to provide protection advice to customers of the comparison site. The specialist protection intermediary has had an agreement with MoneySupermarket.com since January 2013. It declined to say how long the new contract is for. LifeSearch chief executive Tom Baigrie says: “We are delighted that our partnership with MoneySupermarket is […]

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Claire Trott: Extra layers of protection

The lifetime allowance is a contentious subject; many like me feel it is unfair to test benefits as they are paid in and when they are paid out. You cannot and really should not try and limit the growth of your pension fund, so the lifetime allowance charge is unfair and is just an easy […]

Value remains within European equities

By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.

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