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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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Profile: Openwork’s new chief on the dearth of advisers

When Openwork chief executive Mark Duckworth speaks about the drop in adviser numbers since the late 1980s the figures sound astonishing: 285,000 advisers serving a UK population of 50 million in 1989, compared with 23,000 advisers available for 64 million people today. Put another way, there are currently around 200,000 consumers for every adviser when, […]

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US dividends up for the fifth time in Q1

US companies paid out a record $99.4bn (£63.3bn) in the first quarter of 2015, up 14.8 per cent year-on-year, the Henderson Global Dividend Index shows. The rise in dividends marks the fifth consecutive quarter of double digit increases, despite a surge in the US dollar. North American companies spread their payments more evenly over the […]

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Chuka Umunna withdraws from Labour leadership race

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has pulled out of the race to become Labour’s new leader just three days after announcing his candidacy. Umunna was the second candidate to enter the race following Labour shadow care and older people minister Liz Kendall. Kendall remains in the race, alongside shadow international development secretary Mary Creagh, and […]

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