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Artemis European Opportunities Fund: Self-starters and free wheelers…

Picking stocks with strong balance sheets has helped Mark Page find growth – and avoid carmakers – for the Artemis European Opportunities Fund.

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Evan Bauman: M&A to thrive in US despite volatile outlook for markets

As we start 2016, we view US equities as neither cheap nor expensive. The S&P 500 is currently trading at around 18 times forward earnings. Market leadership has been narrow, with only a handful of mega-cap tech and internet names contributing most of the gains and masking underlying weakness in the overall market. We expect […]

Alliance Trust hires former Morgan Grenfell chief as chair

Former Morgan Grenfell Asset Management chief Robert Smith has been appointed chairman of the Alliance Trust board. Subject to regulatory approval, Smith will replace Alliance Trust director Karin Forseke who stepped down as chair of the investment trust’s board in November. Smith will take up the role from 1 February. Gregor Stewart will become deputy chairman of the […]

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Self-cert mortgage lender opens for business

The return of controversial self-certification mortgages has been confirmed with launch of selfcert.co.uk today. The start-up, backed by private equity investors and based in the Czech Republic, launches with a tracker loan set at 2 per cent above base rate, the Sunday Times reports. Selfcert.co.uk will lend up to £500,000 at 85 per cent loan-to-value […]

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Brewin Dolphin confirms spate of director retirements

Wealth manager Brewin Dolphin has lost a wave of senior staff in retirements timed to coincide with the new year. London-based divisional directors Keith Leberman and Raf Saidi will both continue to work with the business as consultants. Leberman leaves after seven years, having joined from Barclays, while Saidi joined in 2003 from Invesco. Saidi […]

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