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Finsbury life biotechnology fund up 15 per cent in six months

Finsbury Life Sciences Investment Trust announced a net asset value per share increase of 15.4 per cent over the six months to September 30, 2000.

Investing in European life science companies with a particular emphasis on biotechnology, the Finsbury fund was buoyed by the sequencing of the human genome, announced in June this year.

Finsbury fund chairman John Sclater says: “It is pleasing that the progress being made by the biotechnology industry is gaining wider recognition within the investment community. We believe the sector continues to provide the prospect of significant long-term capital gains.”


Yorkshire go for Tessa opportunity

Yorkshire Building Society has introduced the equity linked tax exempt special savings account (Tessa) only individual savings account (Isa), which is designed to accept investments from maturing Tessas. Yorkshire has given the Isa a fixed rate of 6.2 per cent until March 31, 2001. After this period the Isa will be divided into two equal […]

Two thirds of Britains don&#39t save says Allied Dunbar

Two thirds of Britains made no effort to save money in the last two years according to research by Allied Dunbar. More worringly still this figures rises to almost 80 per cent for people between the ages of 16 to 24 years old. The research shows Isas have been the most popular form of investment […]

Drawdown changes may mean holders dodge MVA sting

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Buy to let more attractive says Savills

The buy to let market is becoming a more attractive market as the cooling of the residential property market combines with a possible future interest rate cut. Buy to let remains a medium to long term investment, with London and the South-east the most attractive market despite high prices. Savills Private Finance managing director Mark […]


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