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Buffett techs stance pays off

US investment guru Warren Buffett has answered the critics who slammed his decision to stay out of technology last year.

With the Nasdaq now about 60 per cent off its 2,000 peak, Buffet scorned those who had jumped on last year&#39s tech bandwagon and are now sustaining heavy losses.

Because of his stance, the share price of his US insurance company, Berkshire Hathaway, has soared to a two-year high while the Nasdaq has slumped.


Regulators must not escape blame

I read with increasing disquiet the recent article in Money Marketing referring to the possibility of unlimited liability attaching to the IFA for life. It prompted me to wonder if this principle (with which I intensely disagree) should also be applied to the regulator and the staff. The FSA seem to be conducting a review […]

John Ions

As SG Asset Management carves itself out an increasingly strong name in the IFA market, managing director John Ions has a lot to celebrate. With retail assets in excess of £500m as the fund management company reaches the end of its third year, it is also set to score a convincing victory this week in […]

Britannic stakeholder take-up on course

Britannic Assurance claims it has already enrolled 2,800 businesses to its stakeholder pension. Britannic is offering staff free accidental death benefit up to the value of £10,000 from the date of enrolment up to October 2001. Britannic has specifically targeted companies employing between five and 150 employees. its head of stakeholder John Wilkinson says: “We […]

Gartmore takes share of Inter-Alliance

Investment house Gartmore has taken a 12.11 per cent shareholding in IFA group Inter-Alliance through 21 of its funds. The investment represents the aggregation of 21 funds managed by Gartmore and its subsidiary Fenplace. Gartmore says it sees Inter-Alliance as an attractive investment because of its use of technology to improve productivity, its commitment to […]

What's going on in the 'offshore' world?

Graeme Robb, Senior Technical Manager at Prudential, explores the current state of the nation for offshore issues and highlights areas which may be particularly relevant to advisers. In the context of insurance companies, ‘offshore’ can be a relatively straightforward matter. Like their onshore equivalent, offshore bonds are ‘non-qualifying’ for tax purposes, meaning that all gains […]


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