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David Cameron appoints former adviser to Tony Blair as new pensions minister

Following a cabinet reshuffle in light of last week’s general election, David Cameron has announced that Ros Altmann will be replacing Steve Webb as pensions minister. As the industry works with one of the largest reforms to the sector in almost a century, the former adviser to Tony Blair has been tasked with ensuring that the pensions revolution does not stray off track.

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Stephen Smith: Boost supply, not demand

As the last weeks of the general election campaign grind on, at least we seem to have some emerging consensus about what needs to be done in the housing market (although little consensus about how). For the first time in many years housing features strongly in the manifestos of all parties and there is something […]

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Zurich transfers annuity book to Rothesay Life

Zurich UK Life is to transfer its legacy portfolio of £1.2bn of annuities to specialist insurer Rothesay Life for an undisclosed fee. Under part seven transfer rules the transfer, of around 28,000 policies, is subject to a review process by regulators and courts before it can complete. Zurich has not actively promoted annuity sales since […]

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Convicted fraudster sentenced to extra four years

A convicted fraudster has been sentenced to an additional four years in prison by Westminster Magistrates’ Court after failing to make any payments towards a £364,000 fine, following an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. In April 2012, US national Brian O’Brien was extradited and convicted for his part in a £4m boiler room fraud. […]

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Japanese politics and record-breaking markets

Chris Taylor, Head of Japanese Equities, Neptune The Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) convincing election victory on Sunday means that leader Shinzo Abe is on course to be the longest-serving Japanese prime minister since the Second World War. The LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito strolled home with 313 seats, meaning they were able to […]

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