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‘Almost criminal’: FCA urged to investigate unit-linked guarantees

Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]

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Drawdown boosts Pru sales but new business profits down

Sales in Prudential’s UK business are up 8 per cent year-on-year as bonds, personal pensions and drawdown products offset the loss of annuities, the firm’s quarterly results show. UK retail sales, on an annual premium equivalent basis, hit £169m in the three months to March, compared to £157m to the same quarter last year, a […]

Bank of England error wipes £13bn off gilt sales

An error by the Bank of England overstated the amount of government bonds it sold by £13.4bn. A notice of error was posted on the bank’s website explaining that a clerical error led to it stating that £28.2bn of British government bonds had been bought by foreign buyers in February when the actual figure was […]

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Joanne Smith: Don’t let poor performance management lead to misselling

Despite recent industry improvements on staff incentives in a bid to reduce misselling, wider performance management techniques have been found to negatively influence the behaviour of frontline staff. The FCA has been clear in its stance that firms that offer staff incentives or use ‘pushy’ performance management techniques to drive sales are not operating in […]

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Tech giants: how big is too big?

How big is too big? Facebook, Amazon and Google continue to present very attractive investment opportunities, despite recent regulatory concern about their size argues Neptune’s Ali Unwin. Read more here Important information Investment risks Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and past performance is not a guide for future performance. The value […]

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