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The Department for Work

The Department for Work and Pensions plans to provide face-to-face advice to pensioners about retirement planning. The advisers would refer any inquiries about personal pensions or other products to websites or financial advisers.

But the move may do little to assuage the anger of many pensioners, pictured here demonstrating near Parliament last week, who believe the Government is giving them a raw deal on pensions, healthcare and LTC.


PIA watchdog team has wide knowledge

I write in defence of the PIA Ombudsman with reference to the letter from Christopher Mellor (Money Marketing, November 1).Mr Mellor rightly states individual IFAs are now specialising within certain aspects of the industry.He is concerned that the PIA Ombudsman is similarly unable to understand and have a complete knowledge of all aspects of the […]

Help us solve B&W problem

We would appreciate your reader&#39s help with problems encountered with Bristol & West Building Society.We build balanced portfolios for mainly retired people, that is, between 20-30 per cent cash 20-30 per cent low risk and the balance in equities.On an increasing number of cases on review, we have found B&W have contacted our client direct […]

&#39IFAs set to dominate UT distribution until 2005&#39

IFAs will remain the dominant distribution channel for unit trusts until at least 2005 despite fierce competition from direct and internet providers, according to research commissioned by Datamonitor for FundsHub.The research shows IFAs&#39 share of distribution will remain constant over the next few years, slipping slightly to 60.2 per cent in 2005 from 61 per […]

L&G goes for the base rate

The exclusive self-certification tracker mortgage from Legal & General’s Mortgage Club is set at 0.5 per cent above the Bank of England base rate for the first three years of the loan.This gives it a payable rate of 4.5 per cent. After the first three years it will switch to 1.75 per cent above the […]

Artemis Global Income: favouring Europe over the US

With a 10 per cent return from his Global Income Fund in the first three months of 2015, Jacob de Tusch-Lec talks to journalist Alexis Xydias about the drivers and why he favours Europe and Asia over the US. Jacob believes European companies remain cheap and is still finding opportunities amid value stocks – in contrast […]


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