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Watson Wyatt strengthens investment team

Watson Wyatt is strengthening its Northern Investment team as it bids to expand its client base in the area.

The firm says Geoff Duckett and Mark Humphrey move to the Leeds office will provide further experience and knowledge to its team which was established less than two years ago.

Duckett has 15-years of advisory experience having transfered to Watson Wyatt UK from New Zealand in 1997. Humphreys was previously at Aon Consulting.


This is the chance for life offices to fight 1% regime

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ScotEq says talk to an IFA for DB options

Scottish Equitable is advising firms with active defined-benefit pension schemes to evaluate their options with an IFA before making rash decisions such as closing the scheme.The company estimates there are around 10,000 active DB schemes in the UK, many of which are at risk of being shut down.In his latest paper, pensions development director Stewart […]

Advisers get set for S2P bonanza

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Woods to retire from Scot Prov

Abbey National Financial & Investment Services strategy and business development director David Woods is to retire at the end of this month.As group managing director of Scottish Provident — a post he held since 1988 — Woods guided the company through demutualisation and integration into the Abbey National empire. The move was completed in August […]

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