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What is the maximum ‘safe withdrawal rate’ of income in retirement?


Since last year’s reforms to pension legislation, a significant number of retirees have chosen income drawdown over purchasing an annuity. This has presented risks to both individuals and their advisers. In this article the risks are explained – and, importantly, strategies are presented that could help mitigate them.

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US mid-caps’ time to shine

Global financial markets were weighed down by the uncertainty around the outcome of the US presidential elections for the latter half of 2016. Then, the shock: Donald Trump’s victory. US equity markets have been on a high ever since, with the S&P 500 index gaining almost 5 per cent in US dollar terms. Even rising […]


Advisers sceptical on value of Govt pensions advice allowance

Advisers have expressed doubts that the Treasury’s new pensions advice allowance will see more individuals taking advantage of full financial planning. The Treasury said last week that instead of being able to take £500 early from a pension to seek advice as was originally planned, consumers will now be allowed to draw £1,500 in three […]


DIY investors shun passives as advisers dominate index market

Advised investors continue to dominate the passive market, despite claims the costs of accessing these funds could be higher than some actively managed options. Data obtained by Tilney Bestinvest shows while the number of DIY investors on their platform has grown since 2012, rising from 6,185 to 28,308 in 2016, the percentage of total fund […]


Four found guilty in £160m financing scam targeting Barclays

Four men have been found guilty of conspiring to commit fraud and make corrupt payments against lenders Barclays and the UK arm of Belgian bank KBC. At Southwark Crown Court on 7 February Stephen Dartnell and George Alexander of Total Asset Finance, Carl Cumisky of H2O Networks and Simon Mundy of KBC Lease were found […]

Oil industry: only the fittest will survive

The actions of OPEC have forced the oil supply to fall and producers to cut costs and rationalise, says Richard Hulf In an interview with journalist Alexis Xydias, Richard Hulf, manager of the Artemis Global Energy Fund, explains the impact of the fall in the oil price on energy companies. Alexis also quizzes Richard on […]


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