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  1. March 24, 2014

    Equitable Life to hand back surplus funds

    Equitable Life policyholders who have stuck with the insurer that almost collapsed in the early 2000s are to be rewarded for...

  2. February 7, 2014

    Equitable Life may scrap exit penalties

    Equitable Life, the mutual society, is preparing the ground for a fresh £200m capital carve-up which could see enhanced...

  1. January 17, 2014

    Plight of the small pension pot saver

    From our television screens to Twitter to the Houses of Parliament, there’s barely a place where annuities – and questions...

  2. December 12, 2013

    Cynicism is the best defence against banks’ mis-selling

    “The management has hard-working and persuasive salesmen out, digging into new territory all over. They call on people and...

  3. November 15, 2013

    Concern over pension annuity referrals

    Pension savers are being pushed towards potentially unsuitable annuity offers by providers who take commission for...

  4. October 11, 2013

    Equitable Life compensation deadline extended

    A deadline for victims of the Equitable Life scandal to claim compensation has been extended by another year. The Equitable...

  5. July 26, 2013

    MPs slam Equitable Life compensation scheme

    More than 200,000 victims of the failure of Equitable Life are entitled to claim compensation but may not be aware because...

  6. July 26, 2013

    Treasury criticised over Equitable payments

    The Treasury has been told to “get its act together” and track down hundreds of thousands of savers entitled to compensation...

  7. April 24, 2013

    Treasury attacked for Equitable Life rescue

    The Treasury has come under fire from the public spending watchdog over its handling of a £1.5bn rescue package to...

  8. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: Public sector pay freeze to continue

    There were few Budget surprises in store over state services but George Osborne, the chancellor, still gave a striking hint...

  9. October 22, 2012

    Low rates blamed for insurers’ risk-taking

    Persistent low interest rates are creating potentially big risks for the UK insurers as they seek investment returns high...

  10. August 17, 2012

    No more action against Equitable actuaries

    Policyholders who lost money after Equitable Life almost collapsed have criticised a disciplinary board’s “deplorable”...

  11. March 23, 2012

    Equitable considers guarantee buyout

    Equitable Life is considering plans to buy out valuable guarantees that give its 400,000 with-profits policyholders a buffer...

  12. September 25, 2011

    Intertek lines up David Reid as chairman

    Intertek, the FTSE 100 product testing specialist, is lining up David Reid, the outgoing chairman of Tesco, as its new...

  13. June 22, 2011

    Recruitment News: June 23 2011

    Apprentice Watch Are they serious? Susan Ma, a contestant in the increasingly barmy BBC game show, asks: “Are the French...

  14. June 21, 2011

    UK insurers concerned over new regulator

    The new regulator for insurers has triggered concerns in the industry over how it plans to help restore the trust of...

  15. April 22, 2011

    Scandals eroded trust in financial advisers

    The Retail Distribution Review is, in part, a response to a string of scandals in the UK investment advisory sector, which...

  16. March 28, 2011

    Equitable Life to boost policyholder pay-outs

    Equitable Life policyholders have been told that they will receive an extra boost to their annuity pay-outs. Those who leave...

  17. March 3, 2011

    Big Four dominance could hamper probes

    The dominance of the four biggest audit firms is making it increasingly difficult to find expert witnesses for some...

  18. January 26, 2011

    Equitable victims to recover 22% of losses

    Policyholders who lost money after investing in Equitable Life are to receive pro-rata payouts equivalent to about one-fifth...

  19. December 16, 2010

    Aegon UK pays £60m to wronged customers

    The UK arm of Dutch insurer Aegon, formerly known as Scottish Equitable, is paying £60m ($94m) compensation to thousands of...

  20. November 5, 2010

    Collective action pays after long haul

    If proof were needed that signing up for a shareholders’ action group is good practice, it came last month, with the news...

  21. November 2, 2010

    Land Securities to buy Dundee shopping centre

    Land Securities will make its largest acquisition since the property crash after agreeing terms to purchase one of...

  22. October 20, 2010

    £1.5bn for Equitable Life policyholders

    The government has confirmed a £1.5bn compensation package for policyholders of Equitable Life, with the most generous...

  23. FT Alphaville

    October 18, 2010

    Weekend catch-up

    Weekend headlines from the FT and other UK media*: From The FT, - Resolution buys Bupa unit for £165 million - Elisabeth...

  24. October 17, 2010

    Risk-sharing on pensions will cost employees

    Risk is a dirty word when it comes to pensions. Talk of risk-sharing scares private sector employers in the UK, according to...

  25. October 16, 2010

    Equitable Life customers near £1.5bn deal

    The UK government will this week announce a £1.5bn compensation pay-out to the policyholders of the collapsed mutual insurer...

  26. October 1, 2010

    Cameron basks in warm glow before cold cuts

    David Cameron may have failed to win the election, but as he heads into his first party conference as prime minister he...

  27. August 4, 2010

    The final insult for Equitable Life members

    Just as long-suffering Equitable Life policyholders may be thinking the worst is over, they appear to have been dealt...

  28. FT Alphaville

    July 26, 2010

    Weekend catch-up

    In case you missed these weekend headlines, From the FT, Seven banks fail EU stress tests European bank regulators on...

  29. FT Alphaville

    July 23, 2010

    Equitable victims slam report

    The 1.5m policyholders who lost money in the near-collapse of UK life assurer Equitable Life in 2000 should collectively...

  30. July 22, 2010

    Treasury ‘dirty tricks’ dismay policyholders

    The coalition government appeared to promise much to Equitable Life policyholders when it was formed in May but on Thursday...

  31. July 22, 2010

    Decade of Equitable strife

    December 2000 Equitable Life closes its doors to new business after failing to find a buyer August 2001 Government announces...

  32. July 22, 2010

    Disappointment for Equitable Life members

    It’s official, compensation for members of Equitable Life could be as low as £400m. This is the recommendation of Sir John...

  33. July 22, 2010

    Equitable victims attack review findings

    The 1.5m policyholders who lost money in the near-collapse of Equitable Life should collectively receive as little as £400m...

  34. July 16, 2010

    Ocado seems a little too pricey

    Sometimes, I can make investment decisions quickly. An example is choosing not to take part in the forthcoming flotation of...

  35. July 9, 2010

    Equitable Life victims warn of low pay-out

    Victims of the Equitable Life scandal will this month learn details of a long-awaited compensation package, but are warning...

  36. June 5, 2010

    E&Y has Equitable fine slashed

    Ernst & Young, former auditor of Equitable Life, has won a reduction in the fine it received for failing to give investors...

  37. June 5, 2010

    Equitable Life report unlikely to satisfy policyholders

    Undue haste is not normally an accusation levelled at accountants and in the case of Equitable Life, where investigations...

  38. June 5, 2010

    Big four dominance

    While PwC, KPMG and Deloitte might be enjoying watching E&Y squirm over its Equitable Life fine, other aspects of the case...

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