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NU to go ahead with reattribution plan

Norwich Union parent Aviva looks set to press ahead with plans for the reattribution of the inherited estate of two of its with-profits funds. Clare Spottiswoode has been confirmed as policyholder advocate but no final deal is expected until at least 2008.


Old Mutual puts on its hard cap

Old Mutual’s move to raise the annual charge on its UK select smaller companies fund has been slammed by intermediaries.It will hard-close Dan Nickols’s outperforming £441m fund on December 15 or cap it as soon as 350 million accumulated units have been issued and raise the annual charge from 1.5 per cent to 1.75 per […]

MetLife guarantee aims to fill a gap in pension sector

US financial services giant MetLife plans to take on the UK market in January with a guaranteed income retirement product.It will aim at the increasingly competitive market for people who do not want to buy an annuity but are not prepared to take the risk of income drawdown.The funds will be invested in around 20 […]

Poor perception

The older you get, the more you reflect on life and events. Perhaps that is just the transition towards becoming the archetypal grumpy old man.

More people insure mobile phone than have critical cover

Only 11 per cent of people think mortgage payments are one of the most important things to insure.Bright Grey conducted a survey of 2,000 people and found that 40 per cent think life cover is the most important protection and 23 per cent believe home contents are the priority.But when asked what they do insure, […]

Large-cap growth alpha thesis: seeking risk-adjusted excess returns

Content supplied by Loomis, Sayles & Company — an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management For mutual fund investors and managers of large pensions or endowments, a major challenge is to identify those portfolio managers who are most likely to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns in the future. Understanding how an investment philosophy informs a manager’s decision […]


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