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  • Dynamic, disruptive, distinctive – 3 ds to determine between growth and value investments

    19 July 2018

    Dan Nickols, manager of the Old Mutual UK Smaller Companies Fund, and Richard Watts, manager of the Old Mutual UK Mid Cap Fund, outline their current preference for growth over value stocks. It is an age-old conundrum for investors. Should value stocks – shares that typically trade at lower prices relative to underlying fundamentals...

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  • Women face gender pension gap of around 11%

    19 July 2018

    Women face a worrying gender pension gap, according to new research from Fidelity. Young women aged in their late 20s and early 30s are projected to save a pension pot 11% smaller than men by the time they retire, the investment group said. The report suggested a typical 25 to 34 year old woman’s...

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  • The pension industry should run Pensions Dashboard

    18 July 2018

    Gareth Sawyer, managing director of Workplace Solutions, Punter Southall Aspire argues that the pension industry should run the Pensions Dashboard. The pensions dashboard, the online project being created to help millions of people keep track of their pensions was first announced by then chancellor, George Osborne, in 2016, and will enable people to view...

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  • Change to people’s views on retirement age

    17 July 2018

    A quarter of people expect to still work at age 70, a new survey by Aegon has revealed.  In a survey of 700 consumers aged 18 to 64, 26.9% said they expect to be working either full or part time at age 70, suggesting a clear move away from the traditional practice of women...

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  • AIG Life’s critical illness, life, and income protection added to UnderwriteMe

    17 July 2018

    AIG Life Limited has added its upgraded critical illness, life, and income protection cover products to UnderwriteMe’s comparison service. The addition of AIG Life means a total of eight UK protection providers are now live on the online service, which enables intermediaries to quote, compare, underwrite and sell with ‘buy now’ prices. The online...

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  • Industry responds angrily to suggestions Pensions Dashboard might be axed

    17 July 2018

    The financial services industry has responded angrily to the suggestion made by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey published in The Times, that the Pensions Dashboard might be scrapped, saying it made “little sense” would ultimately “make people’s retirement planning harder” and would make the industry “legitimately question” whether involvement in...

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  • FCA raises concerns on platform switching and client best interests

    16 July 2018

    The FCA has raised concerns over the difficulty clients face switching investment platforms in it latest market study report.  While the regulator said the platform market appears to be working well in many respects, with customer satisfaction high, it was concerned that consumers who would benefit from switching platform could find it difficult to...

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  • Lower volatility as transfer values remain stable

    16 July 2018

    Pension transfer values as measured by the XPS Pensions Group Transfer Value Index fluctuated mildly during June 2018, with a small fall during the month.  The index was £234,000 at the end of May and £233,000 at the end of June. The difference between maximum and minimum readings of the XPS Pensions Group Transfer...

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