Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham says the Gov-ernment’s response to her July 2008 report on Equitable Life was “deeply disappointing” and provided insufficient support for the rejection of her findings of maladministration and injustice.
After a three-year underweight to banks, John Bennett at Gam is beginning to buy back into the sector on his two European equity vehicles. The manager of the Gam Star Continental European Equity and Gam Star European Equity funds says banks will not be allowed to go bust, but will be bailed out by their […]
Kam Tugnait is joining Gartmore as head of high yield with responsibility for the High Yield Corporate Bond fund. He will run the £130.7m fund with Simon Surtees, although the group has not yet decided who will be the named lead manager. Surtees previously managed the fund with Karl Bergqwist, the co-head of the fixed […]
After a surge of investment in the fourth quarter of 2008, net sales of tracker funds fell in the first quarter of 2009, according to quarterly statistics from the Investment Management Association.Retail sales of tracker funds in the first quarter saw an outflow of £31.7m, compared with an inflow of £279.4m in the fourth quarter […]
By Kim Jarvis, technical manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team In this article we look at the main exemptions and reliefs that are available on death. Within the article, spouse also means civil partner. Nil-rate band Under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), […]
A weekly account of the curious goings-on in the world of financial services A hostile climateOn the same day the Prudential Regulation Authority put out a policy statement on the financial risks of climate change and five London landmarks were ground to a halt by climate protesters, it was starting to feel like a bit […]
Understanding the impact of cutting the dead wood Nothing sells funds like performance. Despite all the regulator’s railings that past performance is no guide to the future, we see flows being directed to the funds at the top of the league tables time and time again. There are, of course, far too many funds out […]
The Department for Work and Pensions has published its first round of guidance to help trustees resolve unequal guaranteed minimum pensions today. A GMP is the minimum pension that an occupational pension scheme, contracted out of the additional state pension between 6 April 1978 and 5 April 1997 on a salary-related basis, has to provide […]