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‘Almost criminal’: FCA urged to investigate unit-linked guarantees

Industry experts have branded unit-linked guarantees “almost criminal” and called on the FCA to investigate whether the products represent value for money. Unit-linked products, commonly known as guaranteed drawdown, have been touted by providers since the 2014 Budget as a way to offer both guaranteed income and flexibility. But Aviva head of pensions policy John […]

Bank of England holds base rate at 0.5%

The Bank of England has confirmed the base interest rate will be held at 0.5 per cent for the 74th consecutive month. The Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee has also voted to keep the quantitative easing programme at £375bn, a level that has been maintained since July 2012 when it was increased by £50bn. The Bank’s […]

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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 […]

IHT: What were you doing in 2009?

One of the best sources of new business is your existing clients and, if they are estate planning clients, regular reviews are needed because people’s inheritance tax (IHT) problems tend to only get worse. Now, not a lot of things remain at the same rate as in 2009. If we turn the clock back, it […]

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