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007 star bonds with FTSE

The FTSE is offering new indices aimed at setting a global standard for socially responsible investment.

Unicef goodwill ambassador and former 007 star Roger Moore launched the indices at the London Stock Exchange this week. All licensing fees from the indices will be donated to Unicef.

The FTSE4Good indices, covering the UK, Europe, US and global sectors, will list by market capitalisation companies which pass ethical investment criteria set by the FTSE and the Ethical Investment Research Service.

To mark the launch Close Fund Management is offering a new fund which invests in the top 100 socially responsible UK companies. The FTSE4Good UK fund will contribute up to 40 per cent of its annual management charge of 1 per cent to Unicef.


ScotLife individual pension campaign aimed at advisers

Scottish Life is starting an individual pension marketing campaign aimed at boosting IFA sales after the start of stakeholder in April. The campaign, headlined, Get your business moving, aims to promote opportunities arising from the new definedcontribution regime which marks the introduction of stakeholder schemes. ScotLife says the market has been neglected in favour of […]

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With the UK pension market receiving further adverse publicity surrounding Equitable Life, investors are increasingly turning to property as an alternative investment. The past couple of years have seen unprecedented private activity in the property sector, with a significant increase in UK and international investors in commercial property and a substantial degree of growth in […]

Pension industry is split on with-profits

The pension industry is split over with-profits under stakeholder, with Clerical Medical steering clear while Norwich Union is making with-profits its stakeholder default. The news follows fears raised by the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries last week over ring-fenced with-profits funds under stakeholder, where the costs of investment smoothing and guarantees will need to be […]

A&L in deal to sell L&G products in branches

Alliance & Leicester is linking with Legal & General to allow the life office to sell its long-term savings and investment products through the bank&#39s 309 branches. The move aims to give A&L the flexibility to tie up with other providers if changes to the polarisation regime allow multi-tie arrangements in the future. The deal […]

The Natixis Solution: H2O MultiReturns Fund

A product designed to bring some unique attributes to the crowded absolute return global macro space With diversification and risk management top of investors’ wish lists when it comes to alternatives, step forward the H2O MultiReturns Fund. H2O Asset Management is an independent boutique backed by Natixis Global Asset Management and has a 14-year track […]


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