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Billy Burrows: Annuity update

There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]

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Investment analysis: Are we seeing a strange new world for the bond market?

The combination of low inflation growth and excess liquidity following the ECB’s quantitative easing programme has distorted bond valuations, with some short-duration instruments now offering negative returns. At the beginning of March nearly $3.85trn (£2.56trn) or 17 per cent of developed market global government bonds traded at negative yields, according to Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In […]

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Annuity rates plummet to lowest level since 2012

Standard annuity rates have fallen to their lowest levels since November 2012, with the pace of decline increasing since the turn of the year, according to data published by Moneyfacts. The rate payable for an average single-life standard annuity for a 65 year old with a £10,000 pot has fallen by 5.9 per cent in […]

Think-tank handed £50m by Resolution founder Clive Cowdery

The founder of insurance and investment firm Resolution Clive Cowdery has given £50m to the Resolution Trust, a think-tank that aims to improve the lives of people on low and middle incomes. To coincide with the new funding, Resolution Foundation chief executive Gavin Kelly will become chief executive of the Resolution Trust and retiring MP […]

Responsibility Matters

The latest issue of our quarterly responsible investment review, Responsibility Matters, is now available. Our review aims to highlight the issues and news items that are currently prominent within this investment sector. This issue includes a look at how we promote the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read the review here Past performance is […]

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