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Most of public aware of stakeholder

Most of the public say they are aware of stakeholder pensions, according

to research by NOP for the ABI released this week. Its research shows that,

of those currently unlikely to take out a stakeholder pension, almost four

in 10 would be more likely to do so if it was arranged through an employer

and more than four out of five people intending to take out a stakeholder

say they will seek further advice.


Product matters

The open annuity could become a familiar phrase in the coming months butit may well be talked about more than used. Aimed at those with£250,000-plus, it seems to be closer to a drawdown contract than atraditional annuity. It will offer transparent (but, potentially high) charges, investmentchoice (akin to, but not as wide as Sipps), some […]

Equitable reserves extra £200m for pensions misselling

Equitable Life’s troubles continue to deepen with news it has had to set aside £200m of reserves to cover compensation for possible pensions misselling. The contracts under question are income drawdown policies, of which there are around 15,000. Equitable has also had to bolster the reserve for its guaranteed annuity liabilities to £2.6bn from the […]

New Star takes UK out of this world

NEW STAR ASSET MANAGEMENT UK GROWTH FUND Type: Oeic. Aim: Growth by investing in UK companies. Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000, monthly £100. Investment split: 100 per cent in UK equities. Isa link: Yes. Pep transfers: Yes Charges: Initial 5.25 per cent, annual 1.5 per cent. Commission: Initial 3 per cent, renewal 0.5 per cent. […]

Sandler announcement next week

The parameters of the Sandler report into retail financial services, are expected to be announced early next week.The Treasury commissioned report, dubbed &#39Son of Myners&#39, is expected to focus on with-profits products and commission levels.

2016 Global Survey of Individual Investors: How is investor behaviour rewriting the job description for financial professionals?

Trapped between expectations for near double-digit returns and strong apprehensions about investing in persistently volatile markets, investors worldwide are of the opinion that professional financial advice is worth the fee. But even though they believe individuals who work with a financial professional are more likely to achieve their goals, investors have a clear vision of […]


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