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&#39Tax axe turns Isa investors away&#39

Almost half of investors who are aware of the planned scrapping of the tax breaks on equity Isa dividends say they are less likely to invest in an Isa as a result. Research by fund firm Isis has found that 45 per cent of investors who know about the abolition of the 10 per cent break on April 5, 2004 say the move will deter them from investing in the future. Isis is urging Chancellor Gordon Brown to scrap the plans in this year&#39s Budget.


M&G and Cazenove team up for fourth time

M&G has added a fourth fund of funds to the multi-manager range it has established with Cazenove. The M&G Cazenove cautious managed portfolio aims to provide both income and capital growth. It invests 50 per cent in bonds and 50 per cent equities via a portfolio of between 12 and 17 funds. Examples of holdings […]

Hanover Life Re picks new MD

Reinsurer Hanover Life Re has appointed David Brand as its new managing director, effective from this week. Brand has been involved in senior management of the reinsurer for a decade, most recently as deputy managing director. He takes over from Peter Savill, who has been managing director since 1983 and is retiring, although he will […]

&#39Closet trackers costing £125m in excess fees&#39

UK equity investors could be throwing away up to £125m a year in excess management fees by investing in closet tracker funds, according to Legal & General.L&G&#39s research has found that UK retail investors have around £50bn in actively managed funds with annual management fees of at least 1 per cent.It claims many of these […]

Investors taking a hands-off approach to shares

More than three-quarters of shareholders plan to leave their shares untouched over the next three months, indicating that investors may believe the market has bottomed out, according to research from stockbroker comdirect.The company&#39s quarterly cash confidence survey, which investigates the public&#39s attitude to investing, shows that 77 per cent of people with shares intend to […]

Healthcare regulation amalgamation predicted for Gulf states

While Dubai is leading the way in terms of legislating for expat healthcare in the Gulf, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and others are watching and learning – that’s according to Jelf International’s director of international services, Doug Rice. He believes the pace of change in the Gulf states will continue and that some level of unified healthcare system will be introduced across the region.


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