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Call for independent ratings agency

Standard Life economic adviser Professor David Simpson is calling for an independent ratings agency to be set up to ensure that investors get the best-value financial products for their needs. Simpson believes that more reader-friendly information should be available to customers by using a star-rating system for financial products.

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Neill Clerk focuses on film-finance project

Neill Clerk Capital is launching Take One, the first public film-financing project since the July Budget. UK film-finance projects now qualify for a 100 per cent tax benefit. Take One will produce and acquire TV productions. The projected rate of return for the group is about 25 per cent a year. The offer is limited […]

PDFM plans new life office with ScotLife admin

Giant fund manager PDFM is to set up a new life company, with Scottish Life providing the back-office support. PDFM Life will initially attack the defined-contribution market, including group personal pensions, group AVCs and annuities. The life company, which is due to launch in the spring, will later look to expand into the IFA market […]

Love sick

Valentine&#39s Day usually throws up a melee of tacky gifts. For example, there&#39s the usual ghastly silk boxer shorts with hearts liberally sprinkled all over the place. But perhaps the most absurd present yet has come from the Association of British Insurers. It has lovingly given us free access to its beautifully crafted website for […]

Newsline

Newsline reported the humiliating public dressing down given to Prudential by the Financial Services Authority over failings in its management and direct salesforce. Press *News# for the latest industry news.

India: are further rate cuts on the horizon?

By Kunal Desai, head of Indian Equities, Neptune Kunal Desai, manager of the Neptune India Fund, discusses the key drivers of the Indian market’s outperformance and why he expects another rate cut, which will likely further support equities.  Read more here Important Information Investment risks The Neptune India Fund may have a high volatility rating […]

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