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Insolvency Service: Drawdown pensions out of scope for debt collectors

Savers with drawdown accounts will not be forced to increase the amount of income they take in the event of bankruptcy, the Insolvency Service has confirmed. In March, the Government said “undrawn” pensions were out of debt collectors’ reach. But the definition of undrawn was not made clear. However, in an email seen by Money […]

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Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

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How ready are Sipp providers for imminent cap ad hike?

At least three leading Sipp providers would fail to meet the new capital adequacy requirements if they took effect today. Attivo, LV= and Rowanmoor would all meet less than 100 per cent of the capital requirements under the controversial rules, which are due to come into force in September 2016. Under the new rules, providers will be required […]

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Asset Allocation: BlackRock’s Justin Christofel shifts to ‘less demanding’ European equities

BlackRock’s fund manager Justin Christofel is another believer in the European equities story but is cooler on UK and US stocks. In his co-managed £76.8m Global Multi-Asset Income Fund he has shifted marginally out of US equity exposure into European equities, where valuations are “less demanding”. “Equities are a bit more attractive in Europe than the US […]

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What does value for money in a DC default look like?

Lorna Blyth – Head of Investment Solutions The phrase ‘value for money’ is fast becoming a favourite phrase of the pensions industry. The regulator sees ‘value for money’ as a key outcome for workplace pension members and as a result both providers and Independent Governance Committees (IGCs) are keen to evidence it. But what is it […]

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