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Holliman joins Threadneedle global equity team

Threadneedle Investments has appointed Andrew Holliman to its Global Equity Team

Holliman comes from Baillie Gifford where he was investment manager for North America, responsible for both pension funds and an OEIC. With six years investment experience, he worked in other roles for Baillie Gifford including as an investment analyst for North America and UK smaller companies.

Holliman will work alongside global equity team head Dominic Rossi and Jeremy Podger who was appointed to the team last week.


Don&#39t look discounted gift trust in mouth

Following the Inland Revenue&#39s announcement on so-called spouse interest trusts in June, advisers will look for more detailed comment on the inheritance tax treatment of discounted gift trusts. These arrangements enable investors to give away assets but keep the right to an income without creating a gift with reservation.Under the capital transfer tax regime, which […]

Abbey says clients are missing benefits as IFAs ignore S32 plans

IFAs are shunning S32 buyout plans in favour of straightforward personal pensions, even though they have valuable benefits for clients, says Abbey National for Intermediaries.Head of pensions and retirement Mike Brown says clients may be missing out on improved death benefits and tax-free cash over 25 per cent if they choose to transfer their occupational […]

First-time buyer numbers continue to fall – Halifax

Halifax&#39s house price index shows that the number of first time buyers coming onto the market is at its lowest level since records began in 1974. The figure fell to 174,000 in the first six months of this year compared to 253,000 in the corresponding period last year. House prices increased by 1.3 per cent […]

Consumers should beware equity release – Which?

Equity release schemes should only be used as a last resort because they can be expensive and inflexible says Consumers&#39 Association publication Which?A Which? report out this week says interest roll-up loans see the amount outstanding grow quickly and can eat up the value of the property, making it difficult to move.The report also points […]


Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


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