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Steve Bee: The golden age of pensions is well and truly over

There was a time when announcing a pension seminar was a sure fire way of emptying a room. Today things are different. Pension seminars are packed to the rafters with people absolutely hooked on getting details of the new freedoms. How times change. While I am pretty happy with the way this has turned out […]

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Investment analysis: Are we seeing a strange new world for the bond market?

The combination of low inflation growth and excess liquidity following the ECB’s quantitative easing programme has distorted bond valuations, with some short-duration instruments now offering negative returns. At the beginning of March nearly $3.85trn (£2.56trn) or 17 per cent of developed market global government bonds traded at negative yields, according to Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In […]

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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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Annuity rates plummet to lowest level since 2012

Standard annuity rates have fallen to their lowest levels since November 2012, with the pace of decline increasing since the turn of the year, according to data published by Moneyfacts. The rate payable for an average single-life standard annuity for a 65 year old with a £10,000 pot has fallen by 5.9 per cent in […]

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Can emerging markets keep up the pace?

Emerging markets have dramatically upstaged developed markets over the past year, and Neptune’s emerging market range has outperformed across the board. A year after it troughed, what is the outlook for the asset class? Read more here Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not […]

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