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Isa charges slashed

The end of the tax year is heralding the launch of a range of cut-price Isas by providers including Legal & General and Scottish Investment Trust.

In a move to attract new investors L & G is offering investors buying an Isa a refund of the first year&#39s annual management charge until the end of April.

Scottish Investment Trust is waiving additional charges on top of annual management charges.

Other fund managers also cutting Isa charges include Fidelity&#39s Triple 2000 which is cutting charges to 2 per cent from 3.25 per cent and Invesco Asset Management offering a new combination Isa investing in its European High Yield and uropean slashed by 2 per cent to 3.25 per cent till the end of the tax year.


Financial services poised for jobs boom

The financial services industry is gearing itself for a recruitment boom, according to the Confederation of British Industry.The CBI and PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of 146 companies shows 45 per cent are expecting to take on more staff with 9 per cent looking to reduce their staff.Banking, insurance venture capital and securities sectors is expecting a net […]

Small firms exempt from offering stakeholder

The Government says most employers will not have to offer stakeholders.The Department of Social Security is expected to announce today two thirds of employers &#45 those with less than five employees &#45 will not be forced to offer the Government-backed pension.Government ministers claim only 75,000 of the 5m stakeholder target group who earn £9,000 to […]

Computer industry pension launch

Legal & General is launching a new internet-based stakeholder-style pension aimed at the computer industry with IFAs Hargreaves Lansdown.Hargreaves Lansdown and trade body Computing Services and Software Association choose L&G to offer its 250,000 members the scheme.Members will be fully-serviced via the internet and L&G is claiming the scheme “maximises the use of IT from […]

Isa confusion claim

The Government is confusing worried Individual Savings Account customers, according to Gartmore.The fund management group is claiming Isa rules make consumers fear they are breaking them even when they are not.Gartmore is recommending the Government devise a single annual Isa allowance of £5,000 and stop baffling people with how much they are allowed to invest […]

US equities: opportunities for short sellers expand

Optimism is as American as baseball and apple pie. And since the financial crisis, being optimistic about US equities has paid off: they have outperformed every other major developed market by a comfortable margin. Yet while there remain plenty of good reasons to be optimistic about US equities, Stephen Moore, manager of the Artemis US […]


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