7 September 2005
James Salmon looks at the Which? plans for punitive penalties
AbbeyTwo Year Fixed Rate Mortgage
Fund managers Nicola York finds that Credit Suisse's Leigh Harrison thinks alpha funds are coming back into style
Bank of IrelandGlobal Balanced Guaranteed Equity Bond Issue 27
To be a professional means more than merely having a job, it involves striving to achieve the highest standards.
Cavendish Asset Management is unconcerned that fund- of-fund managers will deem its Aim fund too small to invest in because huge in- flows of money will hinder its flexibility.
Cheshire Building SocietyBuy-To-Let Two Year Fixed
This week Robin Marriott, news editor at Property Week
The sample was 25 firms - we assume this means insurers, banks, building societies and supermarkets.
Clare Bettelley analyses the growing business of mortgage securitisation and what can happen when things go wrong
By whatever name they are known, exchange traded funds can be the jewel in the crown of any portfolio by offering a low-cost element of index tracking, freeing up the active managers to concentrate on outperformance, says Seven Investment Management marketing director Justin Urquhart Stewart
Afew months ago, Abbey, the company whose attempted self-reinvention after years of financial bungling follow- ing demutualisation in 1989 has involved the gradual truncation of its business name, was fined 800,000 by the FSA.
The objective of the FSA's Treating Customers Fairly initiative is to ensure that customers' best interests are embedded throughout any financial services firm's business practices.
I am considering having you manage an investment portfolio and am intrested to know more about your investment process, how you constructed a portfolio and how you decide on the optimum asset allocation. I would also like to know what assumptions you use for the various asset classes and how these impact on the expected returns.
Nicola York examines the ABI's latest initiative to safeguard CI business but finds IFAs sceptical of whether it will really benefit clients
Win dinner for two at Raymond Blanc's restaurant at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and an overnight stay at the luxury retreat with Standard Life picking up the bill
Intelligent FinanceOffset Tracker 80
Do disasters, such as hurricane Katrina in the southern US, have an effect on markets?
Our panel weigh up if growth is returning to take over from over value and consider whether India is the new China
JupiterJupiter Merlin Balanced Fund
In my last article, I began to look at the short-term prospects for investments in the major asset classes of equities, fixed interest, cash and property. I concentrated on the commercial property market, paying particular attention to funds investing directly in property. In this article, I will conclude this part of the discussion and move on to look at funds investing in property shares.
Leeds & Holbeck Building Society10 Year Fixed Rate
Our industry finds itself forever evolving through different Governments, rules, regulations and, dare I say, scandals.
Research from GE Life on equity release appears to show an alarming lack of knowledge of the product among IFAs. It predicts that the market will triple over the next five years and could reach 125bn by 2009. But it cautions that intermediaries must be careful to avoid another misselling scandal.
Man Investments has added euro and dollar share classes to its Man-IP 220 fund of hedge funds, giving investors alternative routes to access the capital-protected hedge fund portfolio.
Marlborough Fund Managers is merging its active managed and international funds of funds, reducing its multi-manager range to three funds.
Elections are looming in Germany on September 18 and polls suggest that Chancellor Gerhardt Schroeder could be replaced by Christian Democrat rival Angela Merkel. Merkel has radical plans so what would this mean for investors in Europe's biggest economy?
Last week, I looked at the Strover case in the context of a wider review of the perceived complexities of business insurance.
Recent trips north for the Ashes tests were melancholic experiences. You cannot pass through the West Midlands without being saddened by the malaise afflicting our man- ufacturing heartland.
One of the frustrations in fund management is when a promising fund manager loses momentum and the success with a small fund gives way to mediocrity after strong asset growth. Sometimes this is ascribed to cashflow issues but sometimes the problem is more permanent, the process has simply run out of capacity.
US Dollar, Base Rate Tracker and Sterling Savings Accounts
We are at an important point in the development of Asian economies. In the near term, they face challenges which, on the basis of historic patterns, could be expected to lead to weakness in the region's stockmarkets. Higher oil and commodity prices will impact on Asian companies, which still depend heavily on imports of such materials.
Money Marketing editor John Lappin finds that Aegon chief executive Otto Thoresen believes life offices ans IFAs working together can be the saving grace of country
Pink Home LoansDerbyshire Near Prime Three Year Fixed
Pink Home LoansUCB Home Loans Self Cert One Year Fixed
This year's Money Marketing Live in Manchester will once again feature an arena dedicated to general insurance and protection products.
The NSure IFA has, at the tender age of 22, already made a significant impact on the industry and the self-confessed computer nerd now wants to shake people out of their IT malaise and embrace technology, says James Salmon
It appears that there may be good news at last, as many adults appear to have taken the summer months to clean up their saving and spending habits.
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Schroders multi-manager team switched its propoerty investment, taking profits and further backing its conviction on the outlook for Japan.
Scottish EquitableBalanced Passive Fund
Scottish EquitableUniversal Balanced Collection Fund
The average technology fund lost no less than 72.5 per cent of investors' money over the five years to July 1. However, six out of the 24 investment houses I monitor are now optimistic about technology shares whereas, last month, only SG Asset Management was optimistic.
Norwest Consultants principal Harry Katz suggest 12 reasons to be cautious of the hype over putting property in a Sipp
I am very pleased that the Revenue has changed its mind about allowing schemes which wind up after A-Day to protect tax-free cash greater than 25 per cent, where the receiving vehicle can be any registered scheme.
A woman was strolling along a street in Paris when she saw Picasso sketching at a sidewalk cafe. She asked Picasso if he might sketch her and charge accordingly. Picasso obliged.
Will remortgaging develop in the same way as the booming residential remortgaging market?
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