The Association of Unit Trusts and Investment Funds is resisting European Union attempts to increase the amount tracker funds can invest in a single company. The move to increase the limit to 35 per cent from the current 10 per cent is being led by EU countries which have a domestic stock market index dominated by a single company. Autif says there may be merit in some increase not beyond 15 per cent but insists there cannot be two sets of rules for passive and active funds.
West Bromwich Building Society is launching a three-year fixed rate bond which pays up to 6.8 per cent gross.The Guaranteed Monthly Income Account is fixed until 30 November 2002 with monthly and annual interest options paying 6.6 per cent and 6.8 per cent respectively.The minimum balance is £10,000 but existing “Privileged Members” can open an […]
The Inland Revenue is cracking down on loanbacks by bringing in tough new guidelines which must be met before life offices can lend to firms.Loanbacks allow clients to take out loans using their pension policy as security.The Revenue says it will start policing loanbacks by forcing life offices to prove a loan is judicious from […]
Fund manager Capel Cure Sharp is warning investors that the current economic cycle is likely follow the same pattern as past ones.In its latest portfolio strategy it says: “Economies expand, they reach the point eventually where inflation accelerates and the monetary authorities expand by raising interest rates.”It says the US bond market is having second […]
Norwich Union is to launch a new “red braces” advertisement this time featuring children.Norwich Union chief executive for long term savings Philip Scott says: “By using children to represent the future the ad helps ram home the message that Norwich Union is a serious player in the investment world.“A lot of people used to think […]
Jelf Employee Benefits looks at the issue of paying anaesthetist fees when the patient had no chance to discuss or agree to them prior to care; and provides recommendations for avoiding this scenario.
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Experts have played down any immediate moves from the FCA towards those firms that are not prepared for Mifid II regulation that comes into force on 3 January 2018. However, concerns remain that a “material number” of small asset managers have not yet started preparing for the major European regulation. The FCA expects firms to […]
OMGI chief executive and star fund manager Richard Buxton is set to lead a management buyout of the single-strategy funds division of Old Mutual Wealth with the backing of TA Associates. The £550m deal is set to be announced before Christmas, Sky News reports. The buyout is part of Old Mutual’s managed separation, which is […]