A year ago, few were predicting a strong market recovery, with the general view being that recession and high levels of Government debt would prove difficult for UK investors. Corporate bonds and large-cap UK equities were the safe-haven choices. In the end, 2009 produced positive returns for almost all sectors. What will be the best-performing sectors in 2010?
The Association of British Insurers’ proposal to increase the age of forced annuitisation to 80 has been warmly received by the industry. The ABI policy paper, entitled, Time For Change: Seven Proposals to Improve DC Pension Benefits, published this week, called for a number of changes to the way that DC pension income is taken […]
A survey conducted by Johnson Fleming at the Pension & Benefits Show 2014 highlighted the key challenges faced within organisations post auto-enrolment. The results showed that communicating the changes and the value of them to staff, and receiving timely data from the payroll provider proved to still be the most challenging aspects of managing an auto-enrolment scheme.
Invesco Perpetual leads the latest edition of the infamous Spot the Dog report, which identifies underperforming equity funds, as the number of dogs hits a record high. In its bi-annual Spot the Dog report, Bestinvest names and shames funds that have underperformed their benchmarks for three consecutive years and by more than five per cent over […]
Most firms regulated by the FCA are satisfied with its performance and believe it is an efficient regulator, the watchdog has said. The survey conducted by the FCA and its Practitioner Panel – one of its advisory bodies – sought feedback on the regulator’s performance from the firms it oversees. The results showed that both satisfaction and […]
Investing at this stage of the market cycle is a tough balancing act. While over-exposure to risky assets leaves a portfolio vulnerable when a correction really bites, taking too much risk off the table too soon can mean missing out on the remaining opportunities which may still present themselves over the coming months. With so […]