Month: June 2012

June market commentary

There’s an old stock market adage which says “Sell in May and go away.” This year, “Sell before May and go as far away as possible” might have been more appropriate, as world stock markets tumbled throughout the month. Only one market – Malaysia – managed a gain in the month and several recorded double […]

Over 50s’ views on pension reforms

Recent proposals from the Coalition Government around pension reforms have not been well received , according to findings in the May 2012 LV= State of Retirement Report. The report examined over-50s views on which proposals and initiatives are fair against the current economic backdrop and identified that: Nearly a third (32%) believe the introduction of […]

The Governance of Pension Schemes

The Pensions Regulator has regulatory priorities for trust-based pension scheme governance and the roles and functions of trustees, in seven key areas of responsibility: That pension scheme trustees have knowledge and understanding of the relevant codes of practice. The Regulator has standards of performance for trustee Governance and works with stakeholders to ensure that these […]

A wet and dry summer

Across the UK, we generally drink more alcohol in the warmer summer months, according to Opinium Research carried out through a March 2012 online survey of 2,024 people aged 18 and above. The Opinium research findings suggest that just over half (56%) of us would admit that we drink once a week or more, however, […]

The rising cost of living

New research from Santander suggests that one in ten adults couldn’t cope financially if their bills were to rise any more over the next year. They could be forced into debt, just to get by. An Opinium survey for Santander of 3,050 UK adults online in April 2012, suggests that one in ten people are […]