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New guidelines from Opra on winding up schemes

The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority has published a new update on winding up pension schemes aimed at advisers, trustees and insolvency practitioners.

The update, available at, sets out Opra&#39s views on the main issues that can cause delay to schemes that are winding up, including investment issues minimum funding valuations and cash equivalent transfers. Opra has powers to speed up the wind-up process.


SWIP appoints investment director UK retail equities

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has appointed Peter Cockburn as investment director of UK equities retail.He will join in October and be responsible for a number of SWIP&#39s retail funds. He will report to recently appointed head of UK Equities Robert Waugh. Cockburn is currently Investment Manager – UK equities at EFM where he covers construction, […]

Hamptons picks associate director

Rob Winfield joins Hamptons International Mortgages as associate director (western region). Winfield joins from Chelsea Mortgage Management. Hamptons has 10 offices within a 40-mile radius of Bristol and Bath.

Latin lessons

How considerate of Sir Howard Davies to start communicating to the public in Latin. This can only clarify even further the already simple, transparent and market-friendly utterances of the FSA over the recent past. My only misgiving is that maybe he has got it wrong. From my legal and insurance studies (albeit many years ago, […]

Insight offers two in one growth plan

Insight Investment has established the Insight investment growth plan, a capital-protected bond that caters for two risk profiles within one product. The accelerated growth option is designed for investors who are prepared for less capital protection in exchange for higher returns than the capital protected option, which is aimed at more cautious investors. Under the […]

UK housebuilders remain a value trap – despite post-Brexit falls

By Mark Martin & Holly Cassell, Neptune UK Equities As investors continue to digest the UK electorate’s vote to leave the EU, Neptune’s Mark Martin and Holly Cassell explain why they believe housebuilders remain dangerously overvalued Click here to view full article Important information  Investment risks  Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and […]


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