Given the tumultuous events in the markets at the end of 2008, you would have expected investor confidence to have hit rock bottom. But it seems that retail investors are more resilient than that.
Artemis lived up to its billing as the ‘profit hunter’ this week with the announcement that it is poaching New Star’s UK alpha fund manager Tim Steer.
How quickly things change. At the beginning of 2008, the Government believed the private sector could rescue Northern Rock and financial stocks accounted for over 25 per cent of the FTSE 100. One year later, a state-backed bank account is de rigueur and financial stocks only account for 17 per cent of the large-cap index.
Over half of mortgage network advisers predict protection business will pick up in the next three months, according to Legal and General director of housing Stephen Smith.
Welcome to the latest update for Allianz Technology Trust PLC from the Trust’s portfolio manager, Walter Price. Portfolio review The Trust’s NAV returned 4.3% , outperforming the Dow Jones World Technology Index return of 2.8%. In US dollar terms, the portfolio gained 4.8%. During the month, stock selection contributed to relative performance, and industry allocation […]
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