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Bento 813: Time to talk Retirement Plans
26 May 2017

In this issue: Retirement news, Investment news, Survey and Pension news.
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It's predicted that by 2034 a quarter of the UK population will be 65 or over,* with life expectancy expected to reach around 90, in some parts of the UK.** Add Pension Freedom to the mix, there is a lot for your clients to consider when making plans for their retirement.

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Admittedly, impeachment was high on the agenda in Brazil last year but threats to impeach US President Donald Trump carry greater weight.
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This is the last chance to give us your view on accountability of the regulator. This short, anonymous survey will close 6pm on Monday 29 May 2017. 
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The recent global ransomware attacks have highlighted the importance of knowing what you & your administrators are doing to keep information safe.
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Les Cameron, Head of Technical at Prudential, explores defined benefit pension transfers from a technical viewpoint.
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This week on BVTV we discuss the political uncertainty surrounding the Trump presidency and Brazilian leader Michel Temer.
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As the mountainous scale of global debt continues to climb, investors are advised to heed the lessons of the past, argues Chris Higham.
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Bento 812: Credit Bubble Trouble?
24 May 2017

In this issue: Investment news, Pension news and Protection news and Investment webex.
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With the Financial Conduct Authority and recent press reporting concern about the UK’s increasing unsecured credit bubble, we thought we would ask the public about their debts and if they plan to increase their unsecured debt over the next 6 months.
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Advisers need to embrace technological change  - and they need to do so in "so many areas" says Panacea Adviser's founder & CEO Derek Bradley.
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The BlackRock Sterling Strategic Bond Fund delivered 10.6%  in its first year - a period when global government bond yields moved higher.
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From October 2017, all new employers will have automatic enrolment duties from the date they employ their first member of staff.
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The stock market is frequently, sometimes justifiably, seen as the epitome of short-termism.
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As you probably know, we offer life assurance for clients who have unhealthy lives. However did you know we offer Key Person Insurance.
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Prudential are running a webex on 1 June 2017, to help you identify new financial opportunities with your clients.
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Bento 811: APFA/WMA merger: Do advisers care anymore?
22 May 2017

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Last week, we learnt that APFA was to merge with the Wealth Managers Association. The announcement seemed to catch advisers and the press by surprise, but what does it mean for impartial financial advisers.
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The growth of regulation is often cited as one of major changes in the UK constitution.
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It's hard to believe it's been nearly seven months since we launched our integrated proposition.
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After Theresa May formally notified the European Union (EU) of Britain’s intention to withdraw from the bloc, we consider the prospects.
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Sytner Affinity offer a 10% discount on servicing, parts & accessories. In many cases we can also offer you priority booking.
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“How well prepared is the world to counter the growing threat of cybercriminals?”
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The Prime Minister announced a snap general election for 8 June, and while this introduces some short-term uncertainty.
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Bento 810: Marx and spenders
19 May 2017

In this issue: Protection news, business development assistance, social media webinar and Investment news and research information.
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I tend to have a rather cynical view of politicians, formed with some up close and personal encounters with a number of high profile one’s over the years. Why would anyone want to stand for election these days? Why would anyone want to vote for some of them? 

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We believe that Indexation is important in order to protect the value of cover for clients.
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It is no fun being all things to all people and doing everything for everyone!
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Good news for IFAs & Financial Advisers in the North of England, Scotland & the Regions…!

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The heat is on and this FREE, CPD eligible IFA event is only three weeks way. We have assembled some of the most influential speakers.......
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There’s sometimes confusion around what triggers the money purchase annual allowance. Find out what does and what doesn’t trigger the MPAA. 
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Leading investment research and fund ratings group RSMR has teamed up with Panacea Adviser to create an improved link for Panacea Adviser users.
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Bento 809: Asia’s innovation sensation
17 May 2017

In this issue: Investment commentary, retirement update, research panel,
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Think of innovation and Silicon Valley may initially spring to mind. But Asia is quietly rising into an innovation powerhouse in its own right. Fidelity Emerging Asia Fund manager Dhananjay Phadnis outlines the companies that he believes are well positioned to capitalise on these technological advancements.

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This month has seen the VIX index - a measure of S&P 500 implied volatility - close at its lowest level since February 2007.
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The retirement income market has changed radically in recent years and our profession has had a great deal to contemplate.
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Would you be interested in joining a research panel set up by Panacea if you could earn a small income for your time?
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In the latest M&G Optimal Income Fund update video, Richard Woolnough discusses the fund’s current position.
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The development of Germ Theory during the late-1800s led to hospitals becoming bastions against disease rather than minefields of micro-organisms.
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Despite concerns that China’s economy was undergoing a ‘hard landing’ in January 2016.
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Bento 808: Clinical study highlights savings worries risk to mental health
15 May 2017

In this issue: Bento for one, retirement update, regulatory survey, investment commentary and pension news.
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Nearly half (49%) say financial worries regularly impact their personal relationships and affect their ability to sleep (54%), with one in ten (11%) having their sleep hampered nightly. A further 30% of the 5,000 people polled said they get stressed just thinking about their financial situation in retirement, yet only 56% of the population is saving enough for a comfortable retirement.

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In our latest Financial Planning Bulletin, we look at pensions and buy to let investments and compare: tax treatment, investment risk & access rules.
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The concept of trusts can be confusing and complex for many advisers...
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It is no fun being all things to all people and doing everything for everyone! 
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The growth of regulation is often cited as one of major changes in the UK constitution.
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Investec Wealth & Investment has been named as both the most popular and most preferred discretionary fund manager by advisers.
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Over the past year, developed-world financial stocks have benefitted from an improvement in the operating environment.
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Bento 807: What’s consuming Asia?
12 May 2017

In this issue: Investment commentary, Trust update, DFM news and Panacea research panel.
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Asia continues to evolve into a consumption powerhouse. Indeed, by 2030 the region is expected to account for around two-thirds of all middle class people globally.
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There are many questions around what a post Le Pen Europe means for not only France, but the future of both Europe and the Brexit process.
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Half a year can sometimes feel like a long time in investing, and much has happened in the last six months.
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One of the great things about life is the ability for it to surprise us.
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Aviva’s Fund Centre is already the goto investment destination for many of you, so we’ve now made enhancements to the way you find & research funds.
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M&A activity has begun 2017 on a positive note after falling in 2016.
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Would you be interested in joining a research panel set up by Panacea if you could earn a small income for your time?

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Bento 806: How much has the shiny new logo cost this time?
10 May 2017

In this issue: Investment news, CPD support, investment commentary and Bento for one webcast.
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In 2013, a Panacea FOI request exposed the rebrand cost for the FSA’s change to the FCA.

 It was  £1,061,423 including VAT? 

The FOI request went on to confirm the cost of the logo design saying:

“We have spent £48,000 on designing the FCA brand identity, £91,500 on developing the FCA brand guidelines, £57,000 on registering the new logo and on legal fees to resolve registration issues”.


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With over 2,000 funds to choose from, Aviva’s Fund Centre is already the go to investment destination for many of you.
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Prudential has enhanced its CPD support for advisers with the accreditation of some of its PruConsulting business guides.
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Upbeat earnings news from Europe has provided a long overdue positive sign for the region. Can eurozone equity earnings close the gap on US?
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Welcome to this week's edition of Weekly Digest; a topical in-house review of world stock markets and the global economy.
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Watch Investment Director Ed Park's weekly market commentary and read detailed economic and market news from our research team.
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It is no fun being all things to all people and doing everything for everyone.
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Bento 805: The impact factor
8 May 2017

In this issue: Protection news, adviser survey, forthcoming events and webcasts.
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"What can I change or add to my product or service that will make this even more attractive, and compelling and irresistible?" 100 ways to create wealth by Steve Chandler and Sam Beckford.

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According to our latest Protecting our Families report, only 13% of UK parents  currently have income protection products.
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The growth of regulation is often cited as one of major changes in the UK constitution.
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Simon Lapthorne, Senior Research Analyst, will be joining us to give a general Market Overview.
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There is still time to register for the ‘Focus on bonds webex event’ that Prudential are running on 11 May 2017.
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Do you ever look at someone and think wow they are lucky? Perhaps they have succeeded in life or business or achieved something you always wanted.
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John’s attitude to risk has changed. He doesn’t want to see a repeat of the volatility he’s experienced.
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Bento 804: Focus on bonds webex event
5 May 2017

In this issue: Investment news, bonds webex, protection news and partner offer.
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Prudential are running a ‘Focus on bonds webex event’ on 11 May 2017, to help you identify  planning opportunities with your clients. There are four different sessions running throughout the day. 


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Much has been made of Donald Trump’s leadership style, ‘tweets’ and divisive policies since his election on 9 November 2016.
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With inflation showing signs of a comeback over the first few months of 2017, how should fixed income investors go about positioning their portfolio.
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For the May 2017 draw, ERNIE paid out over 2.2 million prizes of more than £65 million in value.
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On 31 March 2017, we changed our current property valuation fee structure for our equity release products.
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Our comprehensive support service helps them when they’re going through testing times in their lives like facing stress ill health or bereavement
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We want to make buying your next car as easy as possible. We strive to offer fantastic service, part-exchange options and free vehicle delivery
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