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Chase de Vere &#39one of top employers&#39

IFA Chase de Vere is one of the top 30 firms in the UK to work for according to a survey revealing the UK&#39s 100 best employers conducted by the Sunday Times published this week.

Coming 29th, the Bath based IFA was only topped in financial services by Nationwide Building Society, who finished 23rd in the survey of companies more than seven years old and having more than 250 employees.

Other retail financial players include Skandia, the Co-op Bank, Friends Provident, Fidelity, Swiss Life and just squeezing in at 97th, Scottish Equitable.

The survey was topped this year by supermarket giant Asda.

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Value remains within European equities

By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.

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