Problems beset the Lanson’s karaoke night this week with faulty equipment leaving drunk PRs wailing into the evening without the help of any song words. MM had particular admiration for What Investment Kieron Root’s 10 minute unaided but accurate rendition of America Pie. Stirling stuff.
Nicholas Macpherson has been appointed Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, succeeding Sir Gus ODonnell. He was previously managing director of the budget and public finance directorate and prior to this head of the public services directorate. He has worked in the civil service for 20 years.
House prices rose by 0.2 per cent in July, reversing the previous month’s fall, but annual house price inflation is at its lowest for nine years, says the Nationwide house price report. Nationwide says annual house price inflation fell to 2.6 per cent in July, its lowest rate since May 1996. This compares with 4.1 […]
West Bromwich Building Society paid 6.8m to buy the broker franchise Mortgage Force in March. The building society’s annual report and accounts confirm an up-front cash sum of 6m while the 0.8m was a deferred purchase consideration. Mortgage Force’s last results before the acquisition showed a profit of 121,000 for the year ended March 31, […]
Foreign & Colonial investment trust has outsourced management of its American and Japanese assets and introduced an overall performance fee. The 450m US large-cap portfolio will be split between four managers while its 120m Japanese portfolio will be run by Goldman Sachs. Management of the US small-cap business will stay with F&C. F&C says it […]
By Chris Taylor, Manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund H1 2014 Economy: after a harsh winter that slowed activity in the economy, the main event of the first half of the year has been the debate over what impact the 1 April VAT hike from five to eight per cent would have; we are […]
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