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Investor confidence still rising, says JPMF

Investors are becoming increasingly confident about prospects for the stockmarket, according to JPMorgan Fleming. Its investor confidence index rose to 92 in November from 78 in October, the highest it has been since March 2002. JPMF says twice as many investors are now positive about the stockmarket than are pessimistic.

Head of market research Peter Brewster says: “We have seen a sizeable decrease in the proportion of investors who are taking a neutral stance, with most of these shifting to a more positive position.

Private investors seem to be taking heart from the recovery in share prices since the low point in March this year.”


&#39Focus on planning and delegate fund selection&#39

Independent insurance analyst Ned Cazalet believes the time has never been better for giving independent advice. In his Life 2003 report, Cazalet says an increasingly older and wealthier population means that, despite difficulties such as increasing regulatory costs and falling commission levels, there are great opportunities for IFAs. However, he says many IFAs have been […]

FSA warning it is set to swoop on equity release

The FSA is warning that it will take swift regulatory action against firms which missell lifetime mortgages and says it has already seen evidence of poor financial promotion in the sector. Speaking at the Council of Mortgage Lenders&#39 annual conference in London on Tuesday, chief executive John Tiner said there is clearly potential for misselling […]

Margin sees some fund firms shun Standard fund platform

Standard Life&#39s mutual fund platform, which is due to launch next year, will not feature funds from major groups such as New Star, Threadneedle and JP Morgan Fleming. The platform will offer links to a number of Standard Life Investments&#39 funds and around 60 from external groups, including Schroders, Jupiter, Liontrust and Invesco Perpetual. A […]

Temple officially in default

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has officially declared RJ Temple in default opening the way for individuals who have lost money to claim compensation from the FSCS. The Scheme says most claims against the firm will be resolved within six months.

Changes to early exit pension charges

In November last year, the FCA announced that from 31 March 2017, early exit pension charges will be capped at 1% for those customers who are eligible to access their retirement savings from age of 55. The rules also state that for new personal pension plans started after that date, or on new increments into […]


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