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Emerging markets closing performance gap

In September to date emerging markets have outperformed developed global markets when looking at the Russell Emerging Markets Index and the Russell Global Developed Index. The emerging markets index lost

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Clampdown on employer pension scheme charges

The reforms include targeting old and high charging contract and bundled-trust schemes which contain around £30bn of savings and may not be delivering value for money. Secondly the OFT wants

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Advisers recommend enhanced annuities

Global research firm ORC International has released figures from its Voice of the Adviser Annuity survey, which found that after the Association of British Insurance’s code of conduct was introduced,

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US Fed backtracks on end to QE

Instead of winding down its asset purchase programme as previously indicated, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said weaker than expected unemployment data had prompted the decision to delay tapering. It also

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Fed tapering – what will it mean for investors?

Consensus suggests the Fed will confirm plans to “taper” the amount of money it prints towards the end of the year by just $10bn from $85bn to $75bn. Experts are

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Small company directors warned on SSAS mismanagement

Investec Wealth & Investment issued the warning after seeing a steep rise over the past year in the number of poorly managed SSASs – pension schemes generally used by small

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Lib Dems plan to cut lifetime pension allowance

The Lib Dem conference has certainly given savers a few things to ponder. Pensions Minister Steve Webb’s admission in a fringe event that he has concerns about the suitability of

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One in five can’t afford to retire

HSBC’s The Future of Retirement report paints a particularly bleak picture for those in the UK who are living alone in retirement. Brits topped the league table of the countries

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Inflation drops to 2.7%

The fall has been in part driven by summer clothes sales prompted by the unusually warm weather as well as reduced transport costs, said the Office for National Statistics. Jason

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Taxpayer share in Lloyds falls to 32.7%

The sale took place overnight and was at a small discount to the bank’s closing share price of 77.4p yesterday. Selling at 75p per share meant that the government made