The merger of Britannic Group and Resolution Group has been approved by the FSA. The new closed life fund consolidator will now be called Resolution plc.
Baring has launched its third long/short equity hedge fund, the EMEA absolute return fund, investing in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It will be available to high net worth individuals from 1st November aiming to deliver returns in excess of 20 per cent a year with 15 per cent volatility, to be managed […]
Which? has published a book called Giving and Inheriting, aimed at flagging the deadlines for pre-owned assets tax.The book points out that even with modest earnings, as the IHT threshold is currently 275,000 increasingly more homeowners are at risk of bequeathing estates that will be due tax. POAT, introduced in April, aims to plug loopholes […]
The catastrophic effects of Hurricane Katrina is set to cost the insurance industry over 11bn, making it the second most costly hurricane in history. The figure is only eclipsed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, when insurance claims reached over 12bn, according to a Swiss Re prelimin- ary estimate. The reinsurer expects its own claims to […]
The NSure IFA has, at the tender age of 22, already made a significant impact on the industry and the self-confessed computer nerd now wants to shake people out of their IT malaise and embrace technology, says James Salmon
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