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High tech stock jitters

Private investors experienced the volatility of high technology shares as stocks sank across Europe yesterday.

London&#39s Techmark 100, the stock exchange&#39s grouping of technology companies, fell by 114 points, 3.3 per cent, to 3,369. Its German counterpart, Frankfurt&#39s Neuer Markt Top 50 fell 3 per cent, while Paris&#39s Nouveau March fell 7 per cent.

The private investors who have been overwhelming broking firms over the last few weeks switched back to more traditional stocks such as ICI and Rio Tinto.

Only last week the Financial Services Authority issued a warning to investors that “” shares were not infallible.


New ombudsman launch

Financial services personnel have been asked to contribute to a workshop organised by the new financial ombudsman on 24 January. The discussions will feature the proposed new arrangements for handling complaints.Speakers will include Financial Ombudsman Service chairman Andreas Whittam Smith and FSA director of consumer relations Christine Farnish. Consumer representatives will also attend.Chief Ombudsman Walter […]

FSA warning on high-income funds

Investors have been issued a warning on high-income investment funds by the Financial Services Authority.The alert is the second in two weeks as the regulator said investors “should not be taken in by the headline income.”The caution follows an increase in demand for high-income investment products created in the current climate of low inflation and […]

Attack on Government pension planning blight

The National Association of Pension Funds has attacked the Government for making creating a “planning blight” causing uncertainty in company pension schemes .The climate of uncertainty is being created by the Government&#39s continued consultation on stakeholder pensions. The NAPF annual survey of 700 pension schemes revealed 72 per cent of money purchase company pensions still […]

Widows widens windfall net

Hundreds more policyholders at Scottish Widows will receive pay-outs under proposed amendments to windfall rules.Customers with policies maturing between June 22 1999 and March 3 2000 and second-hand traded endowment policyholders who previously were going to lose out are now set to receive the windfall.The amendments are part of the proposals package 1.5m policy-holders will […]

Is this the endgame for the current mergers & acquisitions boom?

Last year, worldwide mergers and acquisitions (M&A) rose to an unprecedented $4.7tn, according to Thomson Reuters, a 41 per cent increase over 2014. Anthony Forcione, senior equity analyst at Loomis Sayles, an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management, looks at what’s been driving this particular wave of mergers. Click here to view full article: Loomis-Sayles


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