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Mistrust is biggest stumbling block – Adair Turner

How to recreate trust is the greatest issue facing the industry
according to, pensions commission head Adair Turner speaking last
night at an ABI fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference in
He said with complex products such as pensions consumers find it
hard to buy because they do not trust the industry. This in turn means
pensions are ultimately sold and not bought, he said.
Turner said: “People have to be persuaded to buy these products.
They rarely come looking for them. The combination of misselling of
pensions and endowments, Equitable Life, split capital trusts and
precipice bonds has produced a deep mistrust in retail financial


Scottish Equitable International offers redemption

SCOTTISH EQUITABLE INTERNATIONAL (DUBLIN) Private Client Portfolio Capital Redemption Bond Type: Unit-linked bond Aim: Growth by investing in Scottish Equitable International funds and external Oeics or unit trusts from any mainstream fund manager Minimum investment: £75,000 Fund links: Choice of 26 Scottish Equitable International funds and external Oeics or unit trusts from any mainstream fund […]

FSA must find key to the timetable

The FSA&#39s work on reforming financial services can at times feel a bit like the Wembley stadium project.The architect&#39s grandiose plans are laid out in the various consultation papers.Then come the inevitable delays and the increasing costs. The latest delayed initiative, admittedly one set out unnoticed in the FSA&#39s roadmap for financial services several weeks […]

Practiv moves into life e-commerce arena with Friends&#39 software deal

A new software provider is entering the race to deliver paperless systems to life offices for IFA distribution.Practiv has signed a deal with Friends Provident and begun negotiations with one other major life office to provide its systems as well as portal Assureweb.The company is offering a range of products for insurance companies called In-Site, […]

Income aim for Britannia Intl bond

Britannia International is planning a structured product for the IFA market which will offer income plus a full capital return.The offshore arm of Britannia Building Society says there is a growing demand within the IFA market for lower-risk income products. It says the product is unique as, unlike other capital-protected products, it is designed to […]

Bonds going bust? Not so fast….

In recent months bond bears have been reinvigorated, and market commentary suggesting “the end of the bond (bull) market is near” has become commonplace. We think these comments are premature. Explaining the global government bond sell-off October has seen renewed pressure on global government bonds, initially provoked by a Bloomberg article suggesting that the ECB […]


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