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Gold rush on Isas

Gold funds made a dash to the top of the Isa sales on Skandia MultiFunds platform last month as the Isa season reaches its climax.

BlackRock ML gold and general was the third best seller in March, while JPM natural resources was fifth on the list.

Invesco has again come out as the best-selling company on the list with four names on the top-ten. However, the group did lose top spot with Neil Woodford’s high income vehicle swapping places M&G high interest, despite a fall in fixed interest demand in general.

Skandia UK head of investment marketing Graham Bentley says: “Although fixed interest has been a steady theme in the first quarter of this year, this month’s top ten is continuing to show a real spread of asset classes. This includes funds focusing on natural resources, the BRIC economies and the commodity which has received so much attention of late: Gold.”


Equal rites

This year is likely to see a rise in discrimination claims after some interesting developments in this area of the law.

Sesame guides advisers through equity release

Sesame is to offer a consumer guide for advisers to explain equity release.It aims to demystify equity release, outlining the different products available, along with the processes and costs involved.Sesame says the guide will help the increasing number of advisers that want to help their clients but are not authorised to give specialist equity-release advice […]

FAS pensioners will get higher rate tax break

Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell has today confirmed that anyone getting a payment via the Financial Assistance Scheme will not necessarily have to pay higher rate tax.Those pensioners receiving £40,000 or less a year – which is the majority of the members – will not move into the higher tax bracket.Payments via the FAS […]

Bubble bursting for city flat prices

Abbey deputy chief risk officer Iain Laing believes that flats will be hit hardest in a housing market downturn.Speaking at last week’s key account conference, Laing said: “We can see one very clear story in that the market for flats, particularly city centre flats, looks disastrous at the moment. We have seen big devaluations and […]


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