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Investors could miss out on ‘sweet spot’

Financial markets are going through a short-term “sweet spot”, according to investment management firm Morgan Stanley Quilter.

The firm says while everyone is focused on oil, there are opportunities that are in danger of being missed in financial markets, and investment portfolios should be positioned to take advantage of profit growth that is ahead of expectations.

Corporate profits were forecast by analysts at 8 per cent in early 2005. But following the half-year results season, the firm says profits are forecast to grow by 12 per cent.

Morgan Stanley Quilter bel-ieves those investors predicting that profit growth will fall to single digits by mid-2006 may be pessimistic.

Chief investment officer Duncan Gwyther says: “Part of the reason for the extended profit cycle is that capital expenditure is not as high as in previous cycles and as a result many companies have an abundance of cash.”


BBB rejects multi-tie route

Berkeley Berry Birch says it will not go down the multi-tie route as a way of raising capital because it would go against the wishes of the majority of its advisers. Marketing director Carey Shakespeare says some nat-ional IFAs have set-up multi-tie operations, not because their advisers wanted this but because directors needed to raise […]

ABI/Aifa give new advice on redress

The ABI and Aifa are renewing their defences against claims management firms with new guidance telling members to compensate consumers direct. The trade bodies want to raise awareness that consumers can deal with firms directly for free and do not have to hire claims management firms, which on average will take a quarter of their […]

Free switching on Liverpool Vic bond

Liverpool Victoria is launching an investment bond that allows free switches between three new with-profits funds – cautious, balanced and growth. The All-In-1 investment bond is available for sums between 10,000 and 500,000 and carries an option of a five-year capital preservation guarantee.

Zeros ‘set for comeback’

The zero-dividend preference share market continues to throw up opportunities despite shrinking by a quarter in the last three years, says F&C. The asset class has fallen out of favour since the high-profile problems in the split-capital investment trust market, shrinking from 2.7bn in 2002 to 2.1bn in 2005, but new zeros are now being […]


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