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Billy Burrows: Annuity update

There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]

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FSCS places network in default two years after PI lapse

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has placed a network in default almost two years after the company failed to secure professional indemnity insurance. Money Marketing reported back in June 2013 Kent-based network Virtual Net Europe had alerted members it was unable to secure PI cover. The network posted a £182,532 loss for the previous year. […]

Brandon Lewis to remain housing minister despite confusion

Brandon Lewis will remain housing minister despite reports he had been replaced. Yesterday, it was being wrongly claimed on Twitter that Mark Francois had been made the new housing minister after he was appointed minister of state for communities and local government. The rumours were fuelled by the fact Lewis’ photo and profile had been […]

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Towry open to talks on saving Sesame adviser school

Towry says it is willing to enter discussions with other advice firms on how to save Sesame’s Financial Adviser School. In an update to members this week, Sesame said it will wind down the school as part of an overhaul of the business which will see it no longer operate as a network for investment […]

Guarantees in the retirement income market

Lorna Blyth, Royal London  Do guarantees benefit customers and, if so, when? To answer this conundrum we commissioned Millimans, a global actuarial consulting firm, to conduct an independent review of the UK retirement income market and whether guarantees really do offer customers better value for money. The brief The study was one of the most comprehensive undertaken […]

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