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F&C US Small Cap trust shows rise

Foreign & Colonial US Smaller Companies investment trust saw its net asset value per share increase by 9.8 per cent in the year to June 2001, compared to a rise of 6.7 per cent for the Russell index, its benchmark.

The company&#39s share price increased by 11.25 per cent over the same period, and is predicting further growth as interest rates cuts hit its smaller companies. Historically smaller companies have performed better under lower interest rates.

F&C US Smaller Companies chairman Gordon Grender says: “This is the second successive year in which smaller companies have performed better than large. The last occasion that this occurred as in 1990 and the outperformance lasted for more than three years. The outlook for smaller companies is bright.”


NYSE to open on Monday as world markets wait

The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will recommence trading at 9.30am Monday New York time in a session that will set the lead for the rest of the world&#39s markets which have seen low volumes of trading since Tuesday&#39s attack on the financial district of New York.European markets remained steady and saw small gains […]

Polar bears need to cool the climate for a clear view

The continuing bear market must be the biggest risk facing financial services firms but political and regulatory risk comes a close second and this supposedly under a business-friendly Government. To make matters worse, the bull market – fading into folk lore – provided a false comfort zone which has masked some of the problems faced […]

ScotProv cuts rates as protection war looms

Scottish Provident has cut premiums as it prepares to fight off competition from Scottish Life&#39s new protection business. The move comes after several key staff left ScotProv to join its new rival. ScotLife last week confirmed it is launching a standalone protection business, naming an executive team of six people, all former ScotProv employees. They […]

Hollands calls for funds to stay open despite crisis

IFA BestInvest has called on fund managers not directly affected by yesterday’s attrocities to keep funds open and not suspend trading.Deputy managing director Jason Hollands says that the tragic loss of life overshadows all other concerns. But he is urging investors not to take drastic action that will crystalise losses.He also argues that despite massive […]


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