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Hard numbers and harsh truths in property vs pensions debate

The provocative comments from Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane that property trumps pensions when it comes to retirement planning have reignited an age-old debate. The comments come off the back of worrying research from Citizens Advice that suggests large numbers of consumers are eschewing pensions in favour of bank accounts, and after Money Marketing […]

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FCA ‘concerned’ savers giving up guaranteed income

The FCA is probing pension firms on their communications around guaranteed income benefits, based on concerns consumers do not fully understand the benefits they are giving up. In its latest regulatory update, the FCA says it will review how adequate pension firms’ customer communications are in non-advised sales as well as looking into what oversight […]

Online property Isa secures £1.3m funding

The first UK firm to offer an online property Isa has secured £1.3m of funding from Zoopla and venture capitalist Robert Klein, according to the Telegraph. Bricklane.com allows those with £100 or more to invest in rental properties in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester. The investments track house prices and the investors get a percentage of […]

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SLI’s Harry Nimmo goes global with smaller cap funds

Standard Life Investments star manager Harry Nimmo says his soft-closed £1.2bn UK Smaller Companies fund will not reopen “anytime soon” as he plans on growing international funds. Nimmo’s 19-year old smaller cap fund soft-closed in August 2011 after soaring inflows pushed its assets up to £1.3bn and the fund group moved to protect the interests […]

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