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Gartmore recommends increased M&A

Gartmore is recommending more merger and acquisitional activity as a result of the FTSE 100 All-Share rising strongly since April.

It has been driven upwards by a number of positive influences such as corporate earnings that have been better than many investors expected.

With London oil prices rising to nearly 40 a barrel, Gartmore says the bears are starting to question where the next leg of the two-year bull market can come from.

Gartmore head of UK equities Jon Thornton says M&A activity is a potential key support to equities in the coming months.

He says: “One of the more obvious market themes at the moment is corporate activity and it is not a theme that we see going away any time soon.

“UK equities are attractively valued and with low PE multiples across the market this makes the majority of acquisitions earnings enhancing – often from year one.

“Effectively, the market is telling companies to buy each other and strip out costs rather than spend money on longer-term investment plans.”


Don’t stumble into any pension transfer traps

Whenever there is extensive pension transfer activity, the “c” word will inevitably be mentioned sooner or later and debate can quickly become emotive and personalised. But it is helpful to have informed discussion about which transfers are appropriate and which could be construed as churning.

Man adds two classes to its hedge portfolio

Man Investments has added euro and dollar share classes to its Man-IP 220 fund of hedge funds, giving investors alternative routes to access the capital-protected hedge fund portfolio.

Exchange adds NU to valuation service

The Exchange has signed up a fifth provider, Norwich Union, to its online policy valuation service which is available through back-office package Exweb Gold. Advisers will be able to access real-time aggregated policy valuations for pensions and bonds via Exweb Gold, which links into the Exchange’s Exweb research, quote and transaction portal. Norwich Union joins […]

Hartford goes for gold boost

The Hartford is offering extra allocation on its gold bond. In a bid to help IFAs attract with-profits and cash deposit investors, the US firm is offering enhanced allocation of up to 102 per cent on lump-sum investments into its unit-lin- ked bond, a deal which will run alongside a customer loyalty programme. The latter […]

Guarantees in the retirement income market

Lorna Blyth, Royal London  Do guarantees benefit customers and, if so, when? To answer this conundrum we commissioned Millimans, a global actuarial consulting firm, to conduct an independent review of the UK retirement income market and whether guarantees really do offer customers better value for money. The brief The study was one of the most comprehensive undertaken […]


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