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There are many challenges facing investors and their advisers hunting for income in the current climate. Annuity rates, bond yields and interest rates look set to deliver lacklustre returns for some time to come.

With most assets unusually highly correlated, aiming to reduce risk by diversifying equities, bonds and property may not work as well as this tactic has done in the past.

Emma Ann Hughes Editor, FTAdviser

People have traditionally purchased annuities on retirement to provide the income they need. Anyone over 55 can now use their pension pot in whatever way they choose following the introduction of new ‘pensions freedoms’ by the government in April.

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Most people look forward to retirement as a time to finally relax and enjoy their new-found leisure time. However, a recent study by Aviva Life shows that overall, fewer than half (43 per cent) of over-45s are confident that their finances will be fit for retirement.

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In a changing word with the pension freedoms in tow, it is important to consider what can help to make sure your pound is not eroded and that you choose the right retirement income solutions to keep up with inflation.

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Few people give a second thought to getting into their car and driving to the shops. Yet many people admit to nerves before flying off on holiday, even though the risk of a car crash is many times greater than that of an air disaster.

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As income investors continue to get squeezed by low interest rates and fewer opportunities in the fixed income space, they are naturally looking to equities to help them generate some yield from their investment portfolio.

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Given the recent market turbulence and increasingly volatile environment, diversification offered by a blend of funds has more good points than bad, according to experts.

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Advisers should be wary of multi-asset funds offering 4 or 5 per cent income as the goals of these funds are “bold” and lead to risk taking from managers, according to experts.

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While a bond market rout could be avoided when interest rates start rising, bonds may struggle to play their traditional role in balanced portfolios, says Ian Pizer, Head of Investment Strategy at Aviva Investors

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Low interest rates and yields are encouraging bond investors to look for alternative sources of income. Multi-strategy income funds may be one such solution.

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Investors face an unprecedented level of personal responsibility in planning for their financial future following pension reforms introduced in April.

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How much diversification do multi-asset funds really offer?

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Aviva Investors has a long track record of managing risk. This is a critical consideration for your clients as they save for specific goals such as retirement.

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Combining five well-known income sources in intelligently crafted portfolios can produce the sustainable income today’s yield-hungry investors are after.

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Multi-strategy and multi-asset funds differ in important respects. However, we believe they should be seen as complementary strategies with both having a role to play in meeting investors’ needs.

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A number of challenges are facing investors looking for income in the current climate. One particular challenge facing equity income investors is the degree of income concentration in the UK market.

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Investors are expected to increasingly turn to outcome-oriented funds in seeking to meet their specific investment needs rather than merely looking to beat the markets.

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In today's world, investors want more certainty about their financial future. That's why at Aviva Investors, the entire organisation is united behind one common goal – to deliver the specific outcomes that matter most to today's investor.

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With bond yields low and equity valuations relatively high, outcome-focused approaches could secure the regular investment income investors need. Earning sufficient income without taking...

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Nick Samouilhan and Brendan Walsh explain how the Aviva Investors Multi-Strategy (AIMS) Target Income Fund is managed to target absolute income for today's investor.

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Multi-strategy funds are proving popular, with Morningstar reporting they saw the highest inflows among all categories in May, taking in net EUR3.02bn (£2.16bn)...

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The last thing the investment industry needs is yet more jargon, but the phrase ‘outcomes-based investing’ does seem to have entered the vocabulary of advisers and fund managers alike...

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