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Out of Context: “As Dr Evil puts it, there is still ‘one trillion dollars’ up for grabs.”

“As Dr Evil puts it, there is still ’one trillion dollars’ up for grabs.”

Cazalet Consulting chief executive Ned Cazalet says there is still plenty of money to be made in the at-retirement market.

“It will save me about £400 a week.”

Transact boss Ian Taylor on how Chancellor George Osborne’s 1p cut to alcohol duty was his Budget highlight.

“Have you been reading my emails again?”

Sesame chairman John Cowan suspects an MM hack of a News of the World approach to news gathering.

“I have spent the morning being a fireman.”

Hargreaves Lansdown’s Tom McPhail attempts to convince an MM hack he is more than just a pensions nerd.



Protection Brief: Why are mutuals leading the way for protection innovation?

Without innovation, there is a risk that over time products and services will stop being relevant to the needs of their target audience.  The protection market has often been described as being stagnant, with providers more content to tweak criteria or compete on price, rather than introduce really eye-catching innovation. It has been a while […]

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Standard Life reveals terms on preferential fund deals

Standard Life has secured preferential deals with fund managers that will see the platform offer 291 funds at an average discount of 14bps. The company completed its bulk conversion to clean share classes at the end of 2013. It announced the first group of managers with whom it had agreed discounted terms last September and has […]


Prips rules look set to be delayed to next EU parliament

New European rules which would see the introduction of a key information document are unlikely to be voted through before the end of this European Parliament, according to trade bodies. European negotiations on the packaged retail investment products regulation were due to conclude last week ahead of a vote into law in April. A key […]


MetLife cuts unit-linked guarantee minimum investment to £30k

MetLife has cut the minimum investment for its unit-linked guarantee products from £50,000 to £30,000. The change has been brought forward following radical pension reforms announced by Chancellor George Osborne last week. The overhaul, which takes effect from April next year, will allow savers to take their entire pension pot as cash from age 55. […]

The FCA’s five fixes for retirement information

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has started to change the way that people will be told about their pension options. In a recent market study paper, they lay out their final proposals on the information that should be delivered to people approaching retirement and how it should look and feel. During 2015, there will be […]


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