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Eurolife saves 1m in compensation

Eurolife Assurance Group has saved a reported 1m in compensation after 25 per cent of investors in its secured income and growth bonds chose to take a smaller one-off payment instead of the five-year restructuring plan it offered when the bond defaulted in January.

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Zeros ‘set for comeback’

The zero-dividend preference share market continues to throw up opportunities despite shrinking by a quarter in the last three years, says F&C. The asset class has fallen out of favour since the high-profile problems in the split-capital investment trust market, shrinking from 2.7bn in 2002 to 2.1bn in 2005, but new zeros are now being […]

Investors could miss out on ‘sweet spot’

Financial markets are going through a short-term “sweet spot”, according to investment management firm Morgan Stanley Quilter. The firm says while everyone is focused on oil, there are opportunities that are in danger of being missed in financial markets, and investment portfolios should be positioned to take advantage of profit growth that is ahead of […]

Pru figures are wrong

In response to the article in last week’s Money Marketing headlined, Speculation ends as Pru chief Wood is set to leave, you reproduced a quote from an unnamed insurance analyst in which it was claimed: “Pru has been losing a lot of market share and profitability.” This is just not true and the figures bear […]

How QE is distorting the gilt market

By Mike Riddell The moves in gilts in August were truly exceptional. Volatility in the gilt market (based off 10-year gilt futures) has soared to close to the highest levels seen this millennium, on a par with the eurozone debt crisis of 2011/12 and behind only the global financial crisis of 2008/09. The first distortion […]

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