Aegon Scottish Equitable is to co-sponsor the Opera in The Park in Benenden Village, Kent, this July with protection consultancy Crossfield Communications. Villagers attend a picnic, are entertained by a mobile opera company and are offered free stress-busting Indian head massages.
Guy Anker examines potential pitfalls in the path of further growth in the buy-to-let market
Close Investments has bought Aon Asset Management’s 2bn multi-manager business.The move follows Close’s acquisition of Escher, now called Close Teams, in July 2005. The two businesses will be combined and rebranded Close Multi-Manager.Launched in March 2003, the Aon business is headed by Adrian Swales and has six Dublin-based Oeics offering access to numerous global asset […]
Standard Life is to take on FundsNetwork and Cofunds with the launch of its new fund supermarket badged FundZone.FundZone, which launched this week, will effectively replace Standard’s Sigma platform and sit alongside its wrap proposition.Sigma was launched in 2004 and offers around 100 funds from 16 managers. It will remain open to business but new […]
Scottish Life pension guru Steve Bee has launched a petition on Number 10 Downing Street’s website calling on the Government to drop auto-enrolment into personal accounts unless it guarantees that every pound saved in the scheme will make savers at least 1better off than non-savers. The e-petition can be found on the 10 Downing Street […]
George Osborne announced in his July Budget speech that the UK will introduce a new National Living Wage in April 2016. So what – if anything – does this mean for employee benefits?
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