It's our round-up of the stories your clients may have read in the national newspapers over the weekend...
They've let down plenty of investors over the last few years, but could with-profits funds be finding favour again? The Mail on Sunday ran an extensive piece on the issue, explaining how they aim to smooth out the worst of stock market volatility.
It looked at some case studies, with products from NFU Mutual and Prudential among those under the microscope. However, one adviser quoted said they were "no longer fit for purpose".
The payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal may be still hogging the headlines but, as the Sunday Express explained, it may also be causing people to ditch other forms of insurance.
Our round-up of stories your clients may have read over the weekend
It gave a summary of three areas which readers may want to consider - income protection, critical illness cover and life insurance - setting out the benefits and typical costs associated with each.
The Sunday Telegraph put the boot into some of the worst-performing funds, using a report from Bestinvest, which identified the products that have underperformed their benchmark by more than 10% consistently over three years.
Among the ‘dog funds' identified was the Schroders UK Mid-250 fund, while Scottish Widows Investment Partnership was the worst-performing group. Plenty of other big names were also named and shamed.
The ongoing scrutiny of pension charges shows no sign of abating, with pressure groups and politicians all having their say. However, for those wondering what the whole fuss is about, the Independent provided a brief explanation.
Particularly interesting was the maths behind the arguments, including the calculation that a 1.5% annual charge works out at 37.5% over a 25-year pension.
An increasing number of alternative investments are now available through SIPPs but, as FT Weekend explained, they are not suitable for everyone. It detailed some of the concerns from advisers, including the high risks and lack of regulation.
The paper also took a closer look at some of these options, including investments in student accommodation, repossessed properties in Detroit and, believe it or not, bamboo.
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