Demand for venture capital trusts isstarting to soar.Sales have topped £160m, having more than doubled over the last two months. There are over 30 VCT promoters and managers vying for investors’ money.The gulf between the best and worst-performing VCTs is wide so investors need to be careful. Pennine Aim VCT 5 merits serious consideration. The […]
Webline has announced the launch of its annuity comparison service with the backing of four major product providers.Norwich Union, Prudential, Friends Provident and Standard Life are supporting the new system while other providers are under development for forthcoming releases.Webline managing director Paul Holland says the system is the first fast and effective alternative to paper-based […]
Standard Life has launched a booklet aimed at explaining the advantages of using software or internet based research systems to adviser firms.The booklet, entitled Research Tools, is the third in a series of seven technology guides produced by the company.The guide covers specialist areas such as mortgages, pensions, investment and portals and includes comparison tables […]
Do life offices have a duty to inform policyholders of MVR-free windows in with-profits policies?
Well, the cricket season is here, and England and Australia are stepping up to the wicket. Although we compete with each other in the sporting world, when it comes to pensions, Australia’s pension programme is held up as a model for our auto-enrolment initiative. Auto-enrolment was introduced because people weren’t saving enough into their pensions, and it is still early days but signs are positive. However, in Australia, saving into a pension is compulsory, and in fact employers are the ones who have to pay in. Employees in Australia can make additional contributions into their pensions, but they don’t have to. Should the onus be on the employer or employee to save? Well in the UK we think it’s both, but to get ‘adequate’ savings for retirement it’s the employee who has to pay more in.
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Royal Bank of Scotland has joined rivals like HSBC in launching an automated investment advice service for more than five million customers. The bank claims to be the first bank in the UK to launch a “fully regulated” robo-advice service, which will be under its NatWest brand. The service, live from Monday, is targeted at […]
There is nearly £8.5bn in “drifted” legacy UK equity income funds that have underperformed against the sector over the past decade, research has found. As the fund management industry awaits Mifid II next year, Morningstar has analysed the competitive UK Equity Income sector on behalf of Money Marketing and found about 10 per cent of the sector’s […]
Old Mutual Global Investors has appointed Freddie Woolfe head of responsible investment and stewardship, reporting into chief executive Richard Buxton. Woolfe joins from Newton Investment Management, where he was a responsible investment analyst primarily covering the healthcare and technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Previously he held roles at Hermes Equity Ownership Services and HSBC. Woolfe will […]