Independent stockbroker and portfolio fund manager Christows is hosting a series of seminars for IFAs. The five seminars are being held from February 7 to 13 in London and the South-west. They focus on world markets and global opportunities for invest ment in 2001. They will also cover trends affecting investment trusts and opportunities for IFAs. Presen ters include chief investment strategist Henry Rising and Nick Greenwood, fund manager of Christows' Oeic funds and specialist investment trust portfolios.
IFA Hargreaves Lansdown is producing a series of guides aiming to answer the many questions raised by Equitable Life policyholders over its decision last month to close to new business. The first guide, Equitable Life. What next?, targets unit-linked and with-profits personal pension policyholders. It is available as a booklet and can also be viewed […]
Scottish Widows is offering a stakeholder pension which gives policyholders access to external funds and pays standard Lautro commission levels. The company says its plan meets the Govern ment's standards as well as offering access to a range of 17 investment funds managed by Widows and funds from Merrill Lynch, Schroders and Newton. Widows says […]
Chase Fleming Asset Management is launching its Fleming Funds Isa on January 15. The wrapper provides inv estors with the opportunity to build a portfolio from any of the 17 funds in the FF European-based Sicav. Alternatively, investors can choose one of two special portfolios, created by CFAM. These focus on technology and Europe and […]
Virgin Direct are promoting tracker funds when most industry commentators are emphasising the need for stockpickers in 2001. Virgin points out that in the three years following the 1990 and 1994 downturns, the market climbed by more than 25 per cent a year in most cases. Over both periods the majority of actively managed funds […]
EEF stated in its 2015 EEF Manifesto that the UK’s growth prospects depend on people being fit, working and productive. Keeping people in work and helping people return to work is very important for the manufacturing sector. It means boosting productivity by getting people back into work as early as is possible, as well as fostering workplace cultures and environments that proactively manage individuals’ health conditions so that all can benefit from lower sickness absence outcomes.
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