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Standard cals for universal pension

Standard Life says the current State Pensions system should be
replaced with a single pension benefit for all because the current
state pensions system is too complex and discourages people from

Speaking at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference this week
Standard managing director, marketing Simon Douglas said: “State
Pensions reform is essential if we are going to make any impression
on the savings gap. We need a state system that is clear, simple and
fair. People also need to be confident that they will get the benefit of
any additional provision they make for their own retirement.”


Artemis – Multi-Manager UK Equity Income Fund

Type: Unit trust fund of funds Aim: Income and growth by investing in a portfolio of UK funds Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000 Investment split: DWS UK equity income 14.3%, Liontrust first income 13.8%, Artemis income 13.4%, Perpetual income 13.4%, Newton higher income 13.3%, Rathbone income 12.1%, Credit Suisse income 9.4%, Invesco Perpetual income and […]

No prizes for HNW answer

Apparently, high-net-worth clients are leaving their advisers in favour of looking after their own affairs.What conclusions do we draw from that? Let us look at the four alternatives:1: Clients have become more financially astute despite the increasing complexity of the financial markets.2: They are disillusioned and frustrated about the lack of service and poor advice.3: […]

Winterthur appoints Thompson as sales director

Winterthur Life UK has promoted its head of individual sales David Thompson to sales director, responsible for UK distribution.Thompson has been with Winterthur since 1999 when he was appointed as regional sales manager. In 2001 he was appointed national sales manager for individual products.He will now take responsibility for co-ordinating the company&#39s distribution strategy through […]

&#39Parents no guide to fund performance&#39

Standard Life Investments has hit back at claims that the fund arms of banks and life companies lag behind their pure investment rivals, arguing that parentage has no impact on performance.Managing director Alan Burton says the oft-repeated view that investment subsidiaries underperform is a myth which fails to take into account changes in the marketplace. […]


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