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Crash Bland

The Diary hears that those folks at the Henley office of Invesco Perpetual are being a bit mean to one of their PR colleagues. A certain Jane Bland has been adopted as a housing market barometer by the fund managers.

Bland, who has been seeking a property somewhere in the Henley area while watching the market rise, has been told by Neil Woodford and co that, when she does eventually buy, they will know that the housing market has peaked. Meanies.


Downing tops up Electra VCT

Downing Corporate Finance is raising up to £10m to top up the Electra kingsway venture capital trust (VCT). Electra kingsway was established in September 2001 and is managed by Electra Partners. It invests in a portfolio of unquoted and developing companies that are listed on the alternative investment market (AIM). So far, it has invested […]

Lloyd George looks to developing economies

Lloyd George Management has established the LG emerging markets fund, an Oeic that invests in developing economies.The fund aims for capital growth by investing in 40 stocks across Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. It was created because the company thinks emerging market economies are growing at a […]

Aifa fears dumbing down

Aifa fears the FSA&#39s proposed exam framework could reduce protection for lower-income consumers buying from the stakeholder suite of products.It believes the review could lead to a dumbing down of the minimum investment qualifications for RIs. But the FSA rejects the claim, arguing that it will be consulting separately on lower-risk products.The FSA published consultation […]

Expose the WP myths

Over the last couple of years, a lot has been written and said about with-profits products. Much of it has been negative and while some criticisms have a ring of truth, many are sensationalist and have no foundation.Together with Sandler and the FSA, the industry is soon to re-invent the with-profits concept. We should be […]

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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