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The Government has capitalised on a rally in Lloyds Banking Group shares following last week’s election result and reduced its stake in the bank to below 20 per cent. The Financial Times reports the Treasury will say as early as this week that it has cut its stake in Lloyds from 21 per cent to […]

Financial planning boom boosts Jelf earnings

A surge in pre-tax earnings in Jelf’s financial planning business has helped grow the firm’s revenue by 11 per cent, its interim results show. Pre-tax earnings grew 167 per cent year-on-year in the six months to April in the advisory business, from £112,000 in 2014 to £299,000 this year. The employee benefits division saw earnings […]

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Scottish Widows appoints head of bulk annuities

Scottish Widows has appointed a managing director of bulk annuities and investment strategy as part of a management shake-up. In October Lloyds Banking Group announced Scottish Widows would enter the bulk annuity market. It has now appointed Jeff Sayers, previously insurance divisional risk officer at Lloyds, to lead the proposition. Sayers joined Lloyds in 2013 […]

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Curtis Banks plans £85m AIM float

Sipp provider Curtis Banks plans to float on the AIM stock exchange in a move expected to value the business at £85m. The firm, which started trading in 2009 and currently administers more than 26,000 Sipps, expects to raise £7.5m through the issue of new equity. Trading in the shares is due to commence on […]

The Merchants Trust

Simon Gergel, portfolio manager, The Merchants Trust, Allianz Global Investors, discusses the aim and objective of the fund, what challenges there are in running a concentrated portfolio, where to find the most value in equity markets and how the portfolio is currently positioned.

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