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Alexander Forbes in bespoke Sipp deal

Alexander Forbes Financial Services is offering a bespoke Sipp with Standard Life and Investment Solutions. The Alexander Forbes Standard Life Sipp uses multi-manager fund from Investment Solutions. Former Bureaux Group managing director Peter Quinton has been appointed director of public relations at Alexander Forbes.

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The Schroder US small and mid cap fund, formerly the Schroder American fund, aims for growth by investing in under-researched elements of the US small and mid cap market.

Can’t see the goods for the trees

A selection of banks and financial institutions might have received a rather surprising email from Lifesearch’s Kevin Carr recently. Carr sent out an email to numerous recipients across the industry, attach- ing a comparison table of product providers’ services. However, he probably should have checked his Wingdings before- hand, as his ticks and crosses came […]

Risk policies are not a sure bet

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A new release of life

A combination of economic factors and improved products will see equity-release business continue to grow.

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Neptune video: UK economy: a sustainable recovery?

After years of a slowly brewing economic recovery, the UK has seen a strong rise in growth in recent months. Mark Martin, manager of the Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund, discusses the strength of this recovery and whether it is sustainable.

In the video, Martin addresses the following:

• Structural features supporting the UK economy
• UK mid-caps and the potential for M&A activity
• Valuations and opportunities in house builders

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