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Arctic inflation hits record

Britannic Assurance is flying high this week after its Britannic Challenge

pilot David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to fly a balloon solo

across the Arctic Ocean.

Britannic gave £250,000 to sponsor the flight.

The feat is regarded as one of the most dangerous balloon flights

possible. The last attempt was more than a century ago and it ended in

tragedy when the balloon crash-landed on to the ice.


Income and value funds to the fore

After further ripples in the tech sector following the demise of,investors are desperately hoping that June will finally see a settling inthe market.Although May witnessed the inevitable US interest rate hike, many believeseveral further rises are due on both sides of the Atlantic before we seeanything approach-ing stability.But, while the press continues to focus […]

Assuresoft and Misys in signing battle to take on Exchange

Trading platforms Misys and Assuresoft are racing to sign up productproviders in a bid to match and overtake current leader the Exchange.Misys now has 11 providers offering products on its m-link service,whichis currently rolling out to IFAs nationwide.The providers signed up by Misys include National Mutual, Scottish Mutualand Permanent Insurance which have yet to join […]

SPI and Aberdeen offer tech bond

Scottish Provident International and Aberdeen Asset Management are teamingup to offer a technology bond.SPI says the bond provides a tax-efficient means of accessing Aberdeen&#39stechnology investing expertise.The bond starts next month and minimum investment is £10,000.The initial fee is 6 per cent, with a fund-based annual management fee of1.98 per cent of the investment fund.The bond […]

Why Government fears coming clean over with-profits

If the Government wants to ban with-profits from stakeholder, it shouldbite the bullet and say so publicly. It would have to justify the decisionand back its arguments with facts and figures, hopefully explaining why toParliament, the pension industry and consumers.As a result, ministers would find it difficult to boast about extendingconsumer choice when they are […]

When is £1m not £1m?

Neil Jones is technical support manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team. Canada Life offers a range of wealth management solutions, including retirement income planning, estate planning and investment solutions from a choice of jurisdictions, including the UK, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. The residential nil-rate band (RNRB) was first announced in […]


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