The new dawn of pension freedoms finally emerged from the shadows earlier this month, bringing with it the ability for people aged 55 and over to cash in their pension savings. However, new products have not yet appeared, meaning the options available are largely the same as before – other than the additional ability to […]
Networking is a crucial part of developing referrals and opening new doors. Indeed, many advisers we work with are building profitable businesses almost solely on referrals. Building a referral network is a great way to find new clients and prospects. However, contrary to popular belief, networking is not about trying to sell your services to […]
M&G fund manager Steven Andrew has slashed exposure to US and UK government debt in his £322m Episode Income fund to ward off concerns about potential risks emerging in the western economies. A year ago over 25 per cent of the fund was invested in US and UK government debt because it was yielding 4 […]
Insurers are calling on the Government to reverse its decision to ban them from bidding to buy back their own annuities. They say people selling their annuities will lose out unless the Government U-turns on its plan. In th Budget Chancellor George Osborne launched a consultation on creating a secondary annuity market to allow pensioners […]
By Ali Unwin, head of technology sector research
Apple recently announced the highest-ever recorded quarterly net profit ($18bn), with the sale of 74.4 million iPhones helping the company deliver $74.6bn of revenue for the quarter ending December 2014. These sales were largely driven by strong demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Highlights included Chinese iPhone sales doubling year-on-year and unit growth of 44% in the US — supposedly a well-penetrated market. Apple ended the quarter with $178bn in cash on its balance sheet, having generated a staggering $30bn in free cash flow during the quarter.
At Neptune, we have been long-term believers in the Apple story, and continue to hold the stock in a number of our portfolios based on the company’s long-term growth prospects. This is predicated on our belief that Apple has proved thus far that it can — unusually for a consumer electronics company — maintain high margins for a sustained period of time, even as adoption of new technology slows down and competitors produce similar-specification products.
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