24 May 2006
Bedlam Asset Management has brought out the Bedlam 200 fund, which aims to provide income and growth from a portfolio investing 50 per cent in UK equities and the remainder overseas.
AbbeyTwo Year Tracker Mortgage
Aberdeen Asset ManagementAberdeen Ethical Engagement UK Fund
Aberdeen has brought out the ethical engagement UK fund, an Oeic that will invest in companies that are improving their ethical behaviour.
Concerns growing that FSA plans could force lenders to shun mortgage intermediaries
Measuring the extent of the Chancellor's attack on trusts in this year's Budget
Government set to relent to give product providers key role in admin of a national pension savings scheme
Brokers critical as Bradford & Bingley moves back to DSF operation
Catalyst Investment Group has introduced a Dublin-based bond that invests in an asset-backed portfolio underpinned by US life policies. This product differs from similar products available to UK investors in the way it is securitised and set up through a trust to reduce risks.
Manufacturers and distributors need to realise that the balance of power in the supply chain has shifted, says Gareth Marr
Guy Anker on the trend for societies to create separate brands for intermediaries
Chelsea Building SocietyThree Year Fees Assisted Fixed Rate Mortgage
Close Fund Management has brought out a special situations fund that differs from similar funds through its focus on UK smaller companies.
Commercial finance Philip Scott examines the growing interest in the commercial finance sector
This week by freelance personal finance journalist Stephen Ellis
When a correction takes place after a substantial rise in world stockmarkets, instead of panicking, it is a time to buy selectively as good shares go down with the overvalued ones.
FSA called on to compel insurance policies to list all exclusions up-front
Fees Nicola York reports on the FSA threatening lenders with legal action in a row over shock rises in exit fees
US private equity firm to lock in Roger Guy and major fund managers
Jupiter has brought out a new environmental investment trust, the Jupiter Green investment trust.
HSBC InvestmentsGlobal Emerging Markets Equity Freestyle Fund
As some providers launch new products and others fail to act, advisers are recommended to wait for Finance Act
Intelligent FinanceOne Year Fixed Rate Offset
I was on holiday when the first shockwave hit the markets last week.
Self-certification Nicola York looks at whether self-cert business will decline as firms bring in new affordability calculators
New Star's UK special situations fund manager is a relative newcomer to the industry but his contrarian approach to stock selection has pushed the fund forward and prompted comparisons with Fidelity special sits superstar Anthony Bolton. Interview by Philip Scott.
Bradford and Bingley revealed this week that it is to axe its mortgage panel of 18 firms and return to selling only its own-branded mortgage products.
JupiterJupiter Green Investment Trust
With global economic growth set to continue, the outlook for real estate investment remains positive
AbbeySeven Year Fixed Rate
Credit Suisse Asset Management joint heads of multi-manager Gary Potter and Robert Burdett talk to Philip Scott about a decade of pioneering multi-manager investment
Martin Currie has introduced a long-only global resources fund that will be run along similar lines to the long-only side of its long and short global resources fund.
It looks as if we could still be in for years more of argument over pensions
Much has been written of late about the alleged demise of the industry's Holy Trinity: packagers, networks and clubs. So as an intermediary business which has a limited interface with all three, I think Hamptons has a relevant opinion.
Lender profile Guy Anker finds GMAC-RFC is optimistic after the sell-off of a majority stake in its giant parent General Motors
Given the market correction, multi-managers should make a tactical switch in direction and increase their exposure to closed-end funds. Historically, discounts have moved in line with sentiment within the London stockmarket so it is not surprising that they have widened since the market peaked on May 11.
National Savings And InvestmentsGuaranteed Equity Bond 11
How many pension scheme members understand the investment risks they are taking?
News has just broken that the Association of British Insurers has come out against a review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, preferring instead to stick with the status quo. Not only that but, they are calling for a review of the amount of capital IFA firms are required to hold (and I don't think they mean less).
Norwich Union has added 18 funds to its personal and group pensions.
With a White Paper on pensions to be issued this week, the Government is probably congratulating itself.
Platform Home LoansBuy To Let Three Year Tracker
Platinum Capital ManagementPlatinum Nordic Fund
Back in the mists of time, the original proposals for mortgage regulation envisaged lenders taking responsibility for brokers - a paper called CP98.
Portman Building SocietyTwo Year Discount Mortgage
Premier Fund ManagersProtected Growth Plan - Limited Editions No 32
These are turbulent times for some IFA companies and their advisers, with one business crashing in the last few months and others facing a financial crunch.
Credit Suisse Asset Management believes the recent restructure of its multi-manager ethical fund will enable it to benefit from the trend towards companies reinvesting for growth rather than paying dividends.
Measures designed to prevent the abuse of personal information are not working
A radio phone-in on pensions provoked much response from listeners
As most children of my era would admit, cowboys and indians was a common pastime and the landscape of Glasgow had to be mentally edited so that the sight of giant cactuses was in mind when not necessarily in the line of sight.
Our panel of experts discuss secured loans, fraud and the role of Ship in equity release
Sarasin ChiswellSarasin GlobalSar IIID
Sarasin ChiswellSarasin EquiSar IIID
As F&C growth and income manager Ted Scott moves back into bonds, Matt Goodburn gauges the reaction from other fund managers.
The OFT should ask why there is no profit in doing the right thing for clients
Skandia Investment Management is preparing a summer launch for a best ideas fund that it describes as the ultimate concept in multi-manager.
Clash as Ken Davy says Stanley Lovell is 'scare-mongering' over future of support companies
The Government White Paper finally saw the light of day this week confirming all the leaks about relinking the basic state pension with earnings, scrapping the contracting out rebate for DC schemes and a delay in choosing who will run the NPSS.
The Pensions Regulator head of strategy John Ashcroft explains the filter system that will be used to regulate defined-benefit scheme funding
What variations on a conventional annuity can a pension client choose between?
WoolwichLifetime Value Tracker