It's our round-up of the stories your clients may have read in the national newspapers over the Bank Holiday weekend...
There were some worrying statistics reported by FT Weekend on how just 2% of non-advised retirees bought an enhanced annuity in 2011, even though 70% of over-55s could have qualified for one. In some cases, the difference in annual incomes could run into the thousands and the piece clearly demonstrated the value of good financial advice.
One of the tips provided by Which? was to make sure the adviser contacts every enhanced annuity provider in the market.
It's fair to say that 40 years of rising income is pretty impressive performance, and that's exactly what five investment trusts have done over the last few decades.
Stories your clients may have read last weekend
The Telegraph explained how the City of London, Alliance and Bankers investment trusts have increased dividends every year for 45 years, while the Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust and F & C Global Smaller Companies have done the same for 41 years.
We already know Junior ISAs are one of the options for saving for children, but could they also be a way of teaching them about finances? The Sunday Express reported on how the average six-year-old estimates that buying their first home will cost just £10,000 and explained how the Junior ISA could get children used to managing their money.
As for the funds the parents might want to choose in the first place, among the suggestions were the M&G Global Equity and Aberdeen Emerging Markets.
While it is easy to look across to foreign shores to seek out the best opportunities, many investors choose to stick to what they know: the UK. As the Independent on Sunday explained, smaller companies right here are delivering decent returns and Investec's UK Smaller Companies fund was recommended as an option. Meanwhile, there was also a mention for the cheaper ETFs available, for example tracking the FTSE 100, with a much lower management fee.
There may be plenty of doom and gloom around the eurozone but, as the Independent explained, this does not mean investors should shun the area. It reported on how the average fund in the IMA Europe ex-UK sector has climbed 7.27% since November, while the European Smaller Companies sector has posted average growth of 9.16% over two years.
One of the reasons for this healthy performance has been that the cheap money available as a result of the bailouts has spurred a recovery in euro stock markets and corporate bonds.
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