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Green tech funds find favour

The majority of investors believe environmental technology funds will match or outperform other sector-specific funds, according to research by Friends Ivory & Sime investment arm Isis.

The survey of 635 investors, by MarketMinder, found 70 per cent thought an environmental technology fund would do no worse than other sector-specific funds.

The Isis Ecotec fund invests 40 per cent in North America, 40 per cent in Europe and 20 per cent across the rest of the world.

It investigates environmentally positive and sustainable companies that will benefit from the sector&#39s economic changes.

Ecotec fund manager Mark Thompson says: “The fund was established in March with the specific aim of delivering growth by investing in a global portfolio of environmental technology and service companies. We were confident that there was a market for the Isis Ecotec fund and this independent research supports our view.”


Standard Life moves into the offset sector

Standard Life Bank is launching its first offset mortgage combining borrowers mortgage loan and savings. The freestyle offset product includes a mortgage and savings account but does not offer a credit card, current account or personal loan facility as Standard believes this may encourage debt or confuse borrowers. Offset mortgages calculate interest on the difference […]

Making contacts

A number of recent studies suggest that over half of IFA firms do not have, or at least do not actively use, a back-office system. I have already written on a number of occasions this year about why I believe it is essential that firms begin to take advantage of the benefits that storing client […]

Eddie George says rising house prices unsustainable

The governor of England Eddie George said the boom in UK house prices is “unsustainably strong” when questioned today by the Treasury select committee. Backed by members of the Monetary Policy Committee George said: “We do not believe the current rate of house price growth is sustainable but it is a factor driving consumer spending.”

Momentum appoints Leeds regional head

Momentum Financial Services is appointing Wendy Linnie as financial services manager at its Leeds office. Linnie joins Momentum from Dutch financial consultancy Eeuwijk Accountancy and has worked in financial services for 14 years, including 12 years with Standard Life.


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