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Friends Ivory & Sime admitted to FSTE indices

Friends Ivory & Sime has been admitted to the FTSE 250 and FTSE All Share indices, following increasing trading volumes in FIS shares and growth in market capitalisation.

To be eligible for inclusion in the FTSE 250, companies have to rise to 325th or above, by market volume. As at March 6, FIS was ranked 278th largest public company in the UK.

FIS chief executive Howard Carter says: “Admission to the indices will increase the profile of Friends Ivory & Sime. We intend to develop further our position in the mainstream retail investment market.”


Investors favour fees but only up to £163.72

More than half of investors receiving financial advice now favour fees over commission, according to an Autif survey. It found 51 per cent would pay fees while 33 per cent prefer commission basis. But of those who prefer fees, only 2 per cent are prepared to pay the current going rate of between £163.80 and […]

Because &#39its&#39 worth it

The investment trust industry has seen its discount fall by over £163.5bn in the last year – that is a lot of shareholder value added. The principal drivers of this narrowing of the discount have been good performance, share buybacks and increased marketing commitment. In March 1999, the industry stood at a wide discount and […]

Rural IFAs hit as foot and mouth shuts countryside

Rural IFAs fear the knock-on effect of the foot and mouth epidemic will be devastating for their local clients. Farmers, related occupations and those employed in the rural tourist industry are all likely to suffer from the effects of the epidemic, leading them to cut back on financial provision, including pensions and investments. Many rural […]

Barclays Stockbrokers – Multi Fund Isa

Tuesday, 20th March 2001.Type: Unit trust and Oeic maxi Isa.Aim: Income and growth by investing in unit trusts and Oeics.Minimum investment: £1,000.Maximum investment: £7,000.Catmarked: No.Investment choice: A maximum of 7 funds from Aberdeen European technology, Aberdeen fixed interest, Aberdeen frontier markets, Aberdeen high yield bond, Aberdeen North American, Aberdeen sterling bond, Aberdeen technology, Aberdeen UK […]

Mark Page: why my biggest overweight stock is a discount Spanish retailer

Artemis European Opportunities Fund manager Mark Page is questioned about the merits of investing in Spanish supermarket group, Dia. Dia is a 7,000-store Spanish discount supermarket chain. But with cheaper food prices coming on to the market and an improving Spanish economy, journalist Alexis Xydias questions Mark about its inclusion in the Artemis European Opportunities […]


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