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Towers Perrin survey finds transfer of pensions risk to employees

Consultant Towers Perrin believes that British companies are offering their employees more benefit choices including pensions than they did six years ago.

According to its recently published &#39The Benefits Package for the Future&#39 there has been a gradual improvement in flexibility and a general transfer of responsibilities for benefits to employees since 1992

The survey found that in 1992 about 49 per cent of companies believed that future benefit coverage should be flexible and reflect employees&#39 own tolerance risk. In 1998 the percentage had risen to 81 per cent.


Sarasin beats Asian flu with defensive strategy

Sarasin Investment Management says that its highly defensive asset allocation has protected it from stock market turmoil this year. The have biased fixed interest investment towards long-dated bonds in the Euro currency bloc and equity investment towards the European utility and defence sectors.Barclays Capital is suggesting that the dramatic growth seen in the corporate bond […]

Analysts in warning to Pru on Q3 sales

Insurance analysts have warned that Prudential should be concerned that IFA sales for the third quarter are down for the first time since 1995.Both single and regular premium IFA sales are marginally down for the third quarter. Prudential also recorded a 20 per cent fall in product profit margins which was the highest of any […]

Norwich Union scraps initial commission on tracker funds

Norwich Union plans to cut the 5 per cent initial charge on its index tracker funds following their conversion from unit trusts to an Oeic in November.The life office is also set to pay 0.5 per cent renewal commission on Oeics bought outside a Pep wrapper with the exception of its index tracking funds.It will […]

HSBC launches protected Pep

Net sales of unit trusts and Peps fell to £149.4m in September, down from £421.4m in August, according to figures from the Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds.The main cause was lack of buying by the institutions, which had net sales of minus £184.2m.Gross institutional sales of £957m were slightly down on last month, […]

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Paul Fidell, Head of Business Development (Investments), writes about one of the primary challenges for those involved in estate planning. He looks at dealing with investment uncertainty in these low growth, low inflation but still volatile investment conditions. Protection of capital, to leave something for beneficiaries, is a fundamental objective of many people’s plans for […]


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