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Aberdeen Asset Managers urges move to corporate bonds

Aberdeen Asset Managers is advising investors to switch to corporate bonds and convertibles from gilts because it says they offer significantly higher yields.

It points out that with inflation at 2.5 per cent and many corporate bonds yielding 8.5 per cent, real yields of 6 per cent are available.

The fund manager also believes that the best way to achieve income growth is to invest in small and medium-sized companies with the potential to grow market share or expand a niche market.


CGU projects environmental image

CGU Life plans to project an illuminated 20-foot Energy Efficiency logo on to its head office building to demonstrate its commitment to environmental issues.The stunt is part of a national campaign being run by the Energy Efficiency Advice Centre to promote the reduction of wasteful energy usage.CGU Life head of facilities Rob Brown says: &#34We […]

Financial Options sets out new training programme

Financial Options is launching its revamped IFA training programme in the new year.Members will be presented with a new training agenda developed in co-operation with Technical Connections that will allow for themed regional meetings tailored to members&#39 business needs.Sales and marketing director Andrew Bedford says: &#34Networks are in a position where they can add value […]

Clerical Medical rolls out mortgage endowment plan

Clerical Medical is rolling out a unit-linked mortgage repayment plan, claiming it is the most flexible on the market.The Flexible Mortgage Plan offers customers the option of paying premiums in four different ways.There are low start, level and increasing premium options. There is also an additional investment option which allows customers to pay extra in […]

Scottish Widows cuts standard variable rate mortgage

Scottish Widows Bank is reducing its standard variable mortgage rate to 7.49 per cent from 7.99 per cent.It says this rate will be available with its 80 per cent LTV Flexible Mortgage and 110 per cent Professional Mortgage.Managing director Rob Golbourn says: &#34Our variable rate has been recognised as consistently lower than most lenders in […]

Budget summary – March 2016

This week’s Budget looked as if it would be a difficult one for the Chancellor, with disappointing economic numbers and the need to avoid ruffling feathers ahead of June’s in/out referendum. Nevertheless, Mr Osborne did spring a few surprises, including some tax reductions. So how does this budget affect you? If you are – or […]


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