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Blackrock – iShares Financials Sector Bond Fund

Blackrock – iShares Financials Sector Bond Fund

Type: Exchange traded fund

Aim: Growth by tracking the Barclays Capital U.S Financial Institutions Capped Bond Index

Minimum investment: Negotiable with stockbroker

Investment split: 100% tracking the Barclays Capital U.S Financial Institutions Capped Bond Index

Place of registration: New York

Charges: Annual 0.3%

Commission: None

Tel: 0845 357 7000


Young gets job to boost Grant Thornton revenue

Grant Thornton UK has appointed Coutts & Co UK managing partner Martin Young as head of financial planning for London. Young will oversee a team of seven investment advisers and will be responsible for “substantially increasing” the revenue of Grant Thornton’s London team by 2015. He previously managed and developed the private client team at […]

Distributor body merges with Tisa

The Investment Funds Association is merging into the Tax Incentivised Savings Association to boost Tisa’s distributor funds initiative. The distributor funds trade body has worked with Tisa on its initiative to design distributor fund solutions that are deemed RDR-compliant. Investment Funds Association deputy chairman Anthony Harding says: “We share a common vision of a distributor […]


RBS posts £2bn loss for 2011

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a loss of £2bn, making 2011 the fourth year running the lender has failed to make a profit. The loss, which is larger than was expected by analysts, comes after the bank was hit by £850m of payment protection insurance misselling claims and a writedown of sovereign debt worth […]

Europe: banking on a recovery

Neptune video: Europe — banking on a recovery

Arguing that the eurozone crisis is over, watch Rob Burnett, head of European equities at Neptune, discuss the sectors that he’s investing in to harness the recovery. 

In the video, Burnett addresses the following: 

• The primary drivers of the eurozone’s economic recovery
• The turnaround in individual countries’ current accounts
• Sectors best positioned to harness the recovery, without offering undue exposure to risk


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