M&G says the exclusion of commodities and hedge funds from its new cautious managed multiasset fund will not undermine the diversification benefits of its investment approach.David Jane, who will manage the fettered fund of funds, believes that investment in gold is risky because returns depend on its spot price at any given moment while fixed […]
Royal London Group saw new life and pension business rise by 10 per cent in 2006, growing from 1.8bn in 2005 to 1.99bn, on a present value of new business premiums basis. Bright Grey’s new business volumes fell by 6 per cent from 163m in 2005 to 154m in 2006.
The issue of advice on pension personal accounts has been thrown into further confusion after the FSA and the DWP issued conflicting messages to advisers about their duty to consider the means-testing entitlement of clients.The Department for Work and Pensions has warned advisers they would be “extremely irresponsible” to recommend that clients do not enter […]
Poor Abbey PR Charles Ansdell had the fright of his career when a less than observant MM hack sent him an email about a lunch meeting on February 22, not realising it was in fact January 22 at about 3pm. His response was: “Bejeezus, that had me worried for a second. Never send PRs emails […]
As more and more employers reach their auto-enrolment staging date, thousands of HR, pensions and finance professionals have been tasked with navigating the minefield of ongoing scheme governance and auditing with little support.
The CII’s new reassessment exam has increased focus on how advisers maintain competency, yet just 57 per cent follow a process Each month, our New Model Business Academy surveys its members on hot topics. With the recent introduction of a reassessment exam from the Chartered Insurance Institute and FCA, last month we looked at the […]
St James’s Place has named Emma Hunt as head of responsible investing in a bid to expand its responsible investment offering. In a statement the company says the hire is part of a strategy to engage more of its partners and clients in its responsible investment work and enhance SJP’s stewardship capabilities. The wealth manager […]
An unauthorised company calling itself Vanguard Investments is trying to scam investors, the FCA has warned. The authorised asset manager Vanguard Investments UK is part of Vanguard group, one of the largest fund managers in the world with around $5.1trn of assets under management. The cloned firm was listing a similar physical address to that […]