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Pension boom forecast

The introduction of stakeholder pensions next year is set to double the size of the market within a decade, according to forecasts by Deutsche Bank.

The pensions market is valued at £46bn, but is expected to rocket to £103bn by 2011, with stakeholder making up 48 per cent boost to the total.

But the research slates the low-cost money purchase schemes as “negative for all life companies” with the Government&#39s one per cent cap on fees leading to slashed profit margins.

The bank is claiming Legal & General is “best-placed” of the life offices to seize the business opportunities presented by stakeholder pensions.


Redemption penalty warning

Less than half of all borrowers are being warned about redemption fees when taking out a mortgage, according to research by on-line broker E-loan.The US mortgage broker who recently set-up a UK service, is claiming the onus is on the industry to reverse consumer ignorance on mortgages.E-Loan chief executive Andrew Armishaw says: “The answer lies […]

CML predicts &#39bidding&#39 war

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is claiming next week&#39s mortgage regulation announcements will lead to a regulations “bidding” war.Economic secretary to the Treasury Melanie Johnson is set to announce the government will only regulate home loan advice, with the loans themselves to be covered by a voluntary standard.The CML is concerned rivalries between the Treasury […]

New pension misselling fears

A new pension scandal may be sparked off by the compensating of a woman after she was mis-sold a pension top-up scheme by Allied Dunbar.The Personal Investment Authority Ombudsman found against Allied Dunbar and awarded the woman a 25 per cent increase in her pension savings, the amount she is estimated to have lost by […]

Fears over Jupiter fund

Several leading investment IFAs are to suspend recommending Jupiter&#39s Income Trust in the wake of star manager William Littlewood&#39s decision to take a sabbatical.They say they are “unsettled” by the announcement and are not convinced Littlewood will return at the end of March. The timing of the announcement has also surprised many in the industry […]


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