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Foreign & Colonial Smaller Companies announces drop in share value

Foreign & Colonial Smaller Companies&#39 net value per share has fallen by 4.2 per cent in the six months to October 31, 2000.

F&CSC chairman Sarah Hogg blames disappointing returns in Japan and continental Europe.The interim dividend has been increased by 4.8 per cent.

Hogg says: “Although the uncertainty about the prospects of the world economy leads us to take a cautious view, volatile markets offer opportunities to establish holdings in smaller companies which offer the potential, over the medium term, for good returns.”


A rollercoaster ride of a year comes to a close

The year 2000 will prove to be the one when almost everything changed. Just about any provider that could merge, sell up or demutualise did so. It saw the creation of the country&#39s number one life and pensions office, known as Norwich Union, the number two fund manager in Invesco/Perpetual and the number one network […]

Equitable demise has put focus on with-profits sales

Norwich Union sales and marketing director Peter Hales“Looking back over 2000, one of the most significant issues had been the closure of Equitable to new business and the issues spinning off from it, particularly with-profits business. “As a result, the industry is going to have to spend a lot more time on presenting with-profits with […]

&#39Watchdog will make industry play catch-up&#39

The rest of the industry will have to play catch-up to meet IFA standards when the new financial ombudsman scheme comes into force next year, says a spokesman for the service. The current PIA ombudsman scheme, which includes IFAs, is being used as the template for much of the regulatory structure of the new scheme, […]

Equitable sells Permanent

Equitable Life is to sell its specialist protection and health insurer Permanent to Liverpool Victoria for £150m. Liverpool Victoria sees the IFA protection market as central to its growth plans. Permanent&#39s Exeter office is to be retained and no redundancies are foreseen at present. Equitable chief executive Chris Headdon says: “We received a significant amount […]

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