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Employment law warning to IFAs

Nearly half of IFAs are risking litigation and their businesses by not complying with employment law, according to a survey by law firm Peninsula. The survey showed that 53 per cent of IFAs surveyed were taking short cuts and only 34 per cent were aware of new employment legislation.

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Offshore trusts

In the Finance Act 2000, the Government introduced anti-avoidance legislation on offshore trusts. However, certain avoidance schemes have been introduced which seek to exploit the new rules and the Government has taken action to stop such exploitation. (a) Flip Flop Schemes The `beneficiary charge&#39 is a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) charge on UK resident and […]

Forsyth explores fixed interest hedge funds

FORSYTH PARTNERS FORSYTH ALTERNATIVE INCOME FUND Type: Hedge fund of funds Aim: Income and growth by investing in fixed interest hedge funds, sovereign, corporate and emerging market bond funds Minimum investment: Lump sum $20,000 Place of registration: Cayman Islands Investment split: 100% in fixed interest hedge funds, sovereign, corporate and emerging market bond funds Charges: […]

Equitable shows signs of life

One of the great ironies of the market turbulence is that Equitable Life is now outperforming other life funds following its switch out of equities and into bonds at the beginning of 2002.Chairman Vanni Treves, says Equitable is stabilising and out of intensive care although it still has some way to go.Equitable says it has […]

University research says performance data is valuable

The FSA&#39s decision to exclude past performance data from its investment league tables has been undermined by independent research it commissioned which claims such information should be displayed.In a report published this week by professor David Blake of Birbeck College, University of London and professor Allan Timmerman of the University of California, the claim that […]

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