11 January 2006
There are so many different approaches to managing absolute return funds, which makes advice vital
Complaint filed to FOS after Zurich claims FSA guidance overrides its guarantee to customers
Enterprise investment scheme specialist Arc Fund Management is looking to raise up to 10m to increase the investment opportunities within the Arc growth company venture capital trust.
Govt concerns over tax losses are threatening to jeopardise pension reforms
Matt Davis asks whether Japan and emerging markets will continue to deliver
Standards Council chief pledges onslaught on 'scandalous marketing'
Close Brothers InvestmentClose High Income Properties D Share issue
This week by former editor of Money Marketing and managing director of himself, Steve McDowell
Nicola York finds that regulation has largely failed to boost public confidence because consumers have not yet got the message.
Scottish Widows' decision to supply Virgin Money's directly sold cancer cover has provoked the ire of many advisers.
Before I conclude my recent series of articles looking at expected returns from the main asset classes, I would like to develop a little further the projections for equities on which my last article mostly concentrated.
Downing Corporate FinanceDowning Protected VCT IV and V
Firm moves to stop rivals luring investors away from Bolton fund
Years ago, in my home town, if you wanted to buy a left-wing paper on a Saturday morning, you would find a few people shouting nasty slogans about Margaret Thatcher outside the Co-op.
House-price inflation slumps to single digits following 2004's increase of nearly 13 per cent
Merrill Lynch gold and general fund manager Graham Birch believes that the gold price will continue to rise although he also quite rightly thinks that there is much more money to be made by investing in shares in gold mining companies rather than the precious metal itself.
Medium-sized companies put in a remarkable performance last year and the prospects remain good
HSBC BAnk InternationalEuropean Giants Growth Fund - CSGF January 2006
HSBC Bank InternationalJapan Opportunity Fund
I have made ade the usual New Year's resolutions of daily visits to the gym and no alcohol in January and February. However, when it comes to the mortgage industry, I have a much longer wish list of things I would like to see happen in 2006.
INGENIOUS VENTURESIngenious Music VCT 2
Ingenious VenturesIngenious Music VCT 2
Ipswich Building Society2 Year Fixed Rate
After the launch of the Argonaut boutique proved such a success for Britannic Asset Management last year, it has now started a second venture, Cartesian, and has plans for more boutiques in 2006. But its director of sales and marketing tells Matt Davies that he is anxious to re-energise in-house performance.
Many in the mortgage industry found 2005 a significant challenge, with lower volumes of business, new regulation and new processes making it ever harder to focus on delivering the quality of products and service that customers have come to expect.
NationwideLifetime Tracker With Reservation Fee
FOS retreats on Sipp alert but says pension changes will bring complaints
The Treasury must act soon to open up competition in the pension market
Guy Anker on the struggle by brokers to get to grips with promotion rules
Watching stories unfold over the holiday season had me wondering whether they might set the tone for the coming year.
After the disappoint-ment of Chancellor Gordon Brown changing his mind about allowing residential property into Sipps, it was almost heartening when the Department for Work and Pensions made a positive announcement about protected rights.
Research shows that our new year's resolutions tend to be about becoming better people through gym memberships, less beer and fewer fags, more charitable giving and becoming more financially astute but it is interesting to look at one of the FSA's priorities for the new year.
With less than three months to go until April 6, advisers still cannot give confident advice on pension planning
Smith & WilliamsonBritish Country Inns
The pension review has been a disaster and the FSA should acknowledge that
The question of whether lawyers and accountants will allow referrals to multi-ties and whole of market advisers is one that is vexing intermediaries, lawyers and accountants.
It is all over bar the shouting for private-sector final-salary schemes
2006 is likely to see the introduction of further anti-avoidance measures