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Pensions governance committees ‘retirement homes’ for industry veterans

Consumer champions have branded the new Independent Governance Committees for contract-based schemes “retirement homes for financial services executives, actuaries and investment bankers”. But providers have hit back, claiming the committees provide greater consumer protection than trust-based schemes. The requirement for governance committees to be established for auto-enrolment schemes was introduced following the Office of Fair […]

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Govt pledges to tackle ‘heavy handed’ regulators

The Government will today set out plans to cut at least £10bn in business red tape in a bid to boost Britain’s growth prospects, the Telegraph reports. Recently-appointed Business Secretary Sajid Javid will vow to help small firms by getting “heavy handed” regulators off their backs. In a speech in Bristol, Javid will say: “Small […]

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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 […]

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FSCS places network in default two years after PI lapse

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has placed a network in default almost two years after the company failed to secure professional indemnity insurance. Money Marketing reported back in June 2013 Kent-based network Virtual Net Europe had alerted members it was unable to secure PI cover. The network posted a £182,532 loss for the previous year. […]

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Where can investors find income in a changing world?

Why taking a global approach not only diversifies risk but also allows investors to access a far wider choice of yields. The diversification benefits of investing globally are well known. But as this short animation explains, taking a global approach can also help investors seeking income. By combining exposure to both bonds and equities spread across a […]

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