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Euroland rate cut of 0.5 per cent

The US Federal Reserve has made a 0.5 per cent cut in interest rates to 3 per cent minutes before the opening of the New York Stock Exchange.

The cut, the Fed&#39s eighth this year, had been anticipated by some analysts, and is aimed at securing investor confidence to avoid panic selling.

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee next meets on October 3, when a UK cut will be considered.



As the problems of guaranteed annuities mount, the disaster threatens to demolish the Government&#39s entire strategy on pensions and long-term savings. Royal & Sun Alliance is the latest life company to admit that its guaranteed annuity liabilities are threatening to make the company insolvent. If another life company effectively goes to the wall, what will […]

Sandler only needs to read the news

If Ron Sandler needs any proof that recommendations of advisers may be influenced by commission he only needs to read your pages. The coverage of Scottish Amicable&#39s decision to halt initial commission included the assertion that they had been “aggressively chasing market share by paying among the highest rates of commission”. Andrew Bedford of Misys […]

Ethical issues: Ranked below performance

Ethical investors believe a fund manager&#39s track record is more important than their investment strategy, according to a survey. Research by online fund information source TrustNet shows the top three reasons for investing in an ethical fund relate to the performance and cost to the investor. The ethical investment strategy was ranked only fourth by […]

Equitable compromise deal announced

Equitable Life’s guaranteed annuity rate holders are being offered an average 17.5 per cent uplift and non-gar holders a 2.5 per cent increase as part of the compromise deal published today.In accepting the uplifts, gar holders would give up their guarantee and non-gars would give up mis-selling claims.The gar uplift had been expected at around […]

Introducing Trevor Greetham

Ryan Medlock, Investment Proposition Manager, Royal London Royal London Asset Management’s (RLAM) new head of multi-asset is officially up and running. I want to look at what expertise Trevor brings to the table and how this affects the Governed Portfolios (GPs) and Governed Retirement Income Portfolios (GRIPs). Trevor Greetham joined RLAM in April 2015 from […]


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