The cult of the Scottish Widow seems to be growing.This week’s tabloid press announced that Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri’s “dowdy outfit” was straight out of a Widows’ ad while The Addams Family’s Morticia and talentless shock-rocker Marilyn Manson have also been linked to the provider’s key marketing tool. After Celebrity Big Brother’s Pete Burns captivated the nation, the Diary wonders if the Widows’ marketing team were waiting at the door, hoping to persuade the downmarket female impersonator to don the famous black cape.
High-profile former DWS fund manager Graham Ashby has joined Sarasin Chiswell to run global and UK equity income funds. Ashby left DWS, where he ran the firm’s UK equity inc-ome and UK equity income plus funds, last October after it was bought out by Aberdeen Asset Management. Sarasin Chiswell is lining up a global income […]
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Standard Life has written to the Revenue seeking confirm-ation that the Government will not perform another Sipp U-turn and block tax breaks for private companies investing in their own businesses. Head of pensions policy John Lawson says directors of limited companies with SSASs can switch their assets into a Sipp to take advantage of Sipps’ […]
The Wesleyan Assurance Society has launched a with profits Isa investing in its with profits fund.The with profits fund’s asset allocation is broken down into 72 per cent UK and international equities, 14 per cent property, 10 per cent fixed-interest stocks, 4 per cent cash and other related investments. Wesleyan announced a gross investment return […]
Jelf Employee Benefits has given its initial thoughts on the chancellor’s 2014 Autumn Statement. The company is seeking to isolate the sections of the speech (and the supporting document) that are relevant to the employee benefits debate. The first such area is pensions related.
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Standard Life Aberdeen has sold its insurance arm to Phoenix in a £3bn deal. In the first results since the merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management, the firm has said it has decided to exit the insurance market. Phoenix will pay a total of £2.3bn in cash for the business. Standard Life Aberdeen […]
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Latest statistics show personal pensions, in particular, get a bad rap The recently published preliminary estimates from the Office for National Statistics’ Wealth and Assets Survey make for interesting reading with regards to how people view pension savings and how safe they are. The next round of this survey will be even more interesting in light […]