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Baring sets up Asian hedge fund

Baring Asset Management is offering an Asian fund of hedge funds which it expects will generate returns around 7 per cent above three-month US Treasury bills which are currently returning 1.14 per cent. The fund will invest primarily in equity long/short Asia Pacific hedge funds and aim for maximum 9 per cent volatility, as opposed to 21 per cent for the Pacific market over the past 20 years.

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Slow response from regulator

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I have a lot of sympathy for Nationwide&#39s stance on the equity-release market. It is clearly both nonsense that two alternative and equally valid solutions to the burgeoning requirement for the elderly to augment their income by using the equity in their home fall either side of the regulatory divide. They are also correct in […]

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One day, I will be on a Budget panel when there is a really momentous announcement affecting IFAs. But not this year. Not much about the savings ratio (when a Chancellor does not give one particular statistic in a budget almost wholly comprised of them, you can surmise that it is not improving: we didn&#39t […]

Help, I’ve been appointed as a trustee. What are my responsibilities?

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