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BlackRock’s Thiel points to opportunities for fixed income investors

BlackRock head of European fixed income Scott Thiel believes that quantitative easing will offer a dual benefit to fixed income investors.

Thiel says that the move has prompted further dislocation in volatile markets, giving active managers a number of opportunities.

He says: “Over the last two weeks, we saw price swings of 100 basis points in UK Government bonds; a few years ago, a move of 20-25 basis points would have been considered significant.”

Thiel says investors who already hold gilts will benefit from rising prices and may want to lock in profits by switching into corporate bonds or overseas sovereign debt.

He says: “With monetary policy directed at reducing the rate of corporate defaults and bankruptcies, corporate debt is becoming a less risky investment. But we think there is still value in UK Government debt. In these days of high volatility and low savings rates, a Government bond yielding 3.64% remains an attractive proposition.”


Zurich Intl Life will pull back from EU

Zurich International Life is cutting its distribution in the European Union.It wrote to advisers recently, telling them that it will no longer accept new individual business from any client resident in the European Union (excluding the UK and Gibraltar), Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.Zurich International Solutions Europe, which was set up last year, will be used […]

Inheritance tax and estate planning – exemptions and reliefs

By Kim Jarvis, technical manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team In this article we look at the main exemptions and reliefs that are available on death. Within the article, spouse also means civil partner.   Nil-rate band Under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), […]


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