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Fundsmith sticks with top holdings as new investment trust rides out volatility

The new small and mid-cap focused investment trust backed by star manager Terry Smith has stuck with its strong weighting to IT stocks, according to its latest factsheet. The Smithson investment trust became the largest launch of its kind when it listed in October. The latest fund factsheet published today reveals that the trust has […]

Aberdeen launches investment trust to ‘democratise’ sustainable finance

Aberdeen Standard Investments will soon make an initial public offering for an investment trust it says will transform sustainable finance. ASI has been gathering expressions of interest for the trust which has a target size of £200m and capacity for initial investments of up to £350m. The trust will invest primarily in private markets and […]

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Andrew Tully: Budget ties up loose ends

Contrary to speculation, there were few pension and investment measures in this Budget. And many of those aspects which are included don’t have any specific changes now, but rather will be the subject of future consultation. The pension lifetime allowance is edging back up again to £1,055,000 — slightly higher than indicated by September’s inflation […]

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Rory Percival launches DB transfers guide

Former FCA technical specialist Rory Percival has launched a practical guide aimed at advisers and compliance staff at firms providing advice on defined benefit transfers. It is available from today and takes account of the FCA’s policy statement on advising on DB transfers published in March. The guide has three main parts with the first […]

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Robo firm Wealthify launches ethical portfolios

Robo-investment service Wealthify has launched ethical investment portfolios that can be opened with a £1 investment. Wealthify now offers five ethical portfolios investing in up to 25 funds. The company’s chief investment officer and co-founder Michelle Pearce says the launch is the firm’s response to customer demand for investment options that do not compromise their values. […]

SJP drops Aberdeen Standard from £286m fund

St James’s Place has replaced Aberdeen Standard Investments as appointed manager of its £286m Ethical fund. The fund changes, which will take effect later this year, include a manager switch to Impax Asset Management and name change to the Sustainable and Responsible Equity fund. The group says the name change is to “better describe its […]