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Close says techmark remains good long term bet

Close Brothers is telling investors the one year old techMark remains a good term investment on its first anniversary despite this year&#39s volatility. Close which runs its own techMark fund has seen sales of more than £200m this year. It says its investors have enjoyed growth in excess of 45 per cent.

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SLI reopens with-bonus bond

Scottish Life International is to reopen its protected with-bonus bond to new business.SLI says the bond is an alternative to traditional with-profits bonds. It offers a def-ined level of capital risk and clearly defined quarterly stockmarket bonuses.The company say there is potential for returns of up to 4.42 per cent in the current quarter. The […]

Standard Life bond is pulling in £4m a day

Standard Life says its with-profits bond has taken £100m in new business since its launch in August.The company says this averages £10m a week. Sales have reached around £4m a day, it says. The bond is aimed at achieving sustained growth capital or producing an income.The life office says it sees the key attraction of […]

Holden and Friends go ethical on stakeholder

Holden Meehan Independent Financial Advisors and Friends Provident are launching an ethical stakeholder pension plan in a joint initiative this month. The main features of the plan include flexible contributions which can be paid at any time and the facility to accept transfer payments from other approved pension arrangements. The plan also has no set […]

Split and polish

Over the last two years the most dynamic sector of the investment trust market has been the split-capital trusts. These trusts are well established but there has been a revival of demand.This year, over 30 new funds will be launched, including a number of existing trusts which have been restructured. In 1999, 38 split-cap trusts […]

Three catalysts for European equities

By Rob Burnett, Manager of the Neptune European Opportunities Fund In recent weeks, the bear case for European equities has become more pronounced on the back of weaker-than-expected GDP data and deflation concerns. This softening in economic momentum has led some investors to question whether the ECB is behind the curve and indeed whether it […]

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