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Malcolm McLean: Is there a future for the state pension?

Pensions have not featured massively in this year’s election debates, although on other occasions, for older people at least, this has usually been an issue that has materially influenced voting intentions. This is especially so when it comes to the level and sustainability of the state pension. This year’s election has seen politicians of all […]

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Simon Brazier: Cash is king in volatile economic environment

Management teams have a corporate responsibility to act in the long-term interests of their company and its shareholders. However, the current investment climate – increasingly uncertain, with higher market volatility than that seen over the last couple of years – tends to encourage short-termism and a focus on returning cash to shareholders, in many cases […]

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Pensions governance committees ‘retirement homes’ for industry veterans

Consumer champions have branded the new Independent Governance Committees for contract-based schemes “retirement homes for financial services executives, actuaries and investment bankers”. But providers have hit back, claiming the committees provide greater consumer protection than trust-based schemes. The requirement for governance committees to be established for auto-enrolment schemes was introduced following the Office of Fair […]

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What’s in pensions minister Ros Altmann’s in-tray?

Increasing auto-enrolment contributions, reforming tax relief and extending new guidance service Pension Wise should be priorities for the new pensions minister, say industry experts. This week former Saga director general and older workers’ champion Ros Altmann was appointed pensions minister as part of the Government’s reshuffle. The pensions industry wasted no time in setting out […]

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UK housebuilders: A concrete investment?

By Mark Martin, Head of UK Equities, Neptune UK housebuilders have performed strongly in recent times, rising in excess of 400 per cent since the financial crisis. But with house price growth slowing and construction workloads decreasing, do UK housebuilder stocks represent a concrete investment? Read more Important information – For professional investors only. Investment Risks […]

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