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iShares ETFs see 77m in inflows in a month

77m has flowed into the 14 new Barclays iShares exchange traded funds launched on the London Stock Exchange last month.

The MCSI world index fund and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx funds have doubled and tripled in size since launch and average daily turnover for all 14 funds on the LSE has been 535,000.

Exchange traded funds allow investors to buy a basket of stocks from a particular region of the world at lower trading cost than buying more conventional investment funds. The iShares European dividend, global and UK dividend funds have been most popular since launch.


Treasury committee to give Brown grilling on report

The Treasury select committee will question Chancellor Gordon Brown over the pre- Budget report. The committee is calling for submissions to put to the Chancellor and Treasury officials as part of its inquiry into the report, due to be issued on December 5. The programme of oral evidence consists of two public meetings on December […]

Defaqto appoints director of sales and marketing

Financial research firm Defaqto has promoted Neil Morgan to director of sales and marketing.Morgan joined the firm in 2003 as sales director from Reuters where he had a number of online marketing roles in London, New York and Argentina. He has lectured on e-commerce and online business models at the London Business School. Morgan will […]

Cazalet tells MPs that Standard’s woes are due to bad management

Independent insurance consultant Ned Cazalet has told a Parliamentary comm- ittee that previous bad management at Standard Life is to blame for its capital problems and not its mutual status. Questioned at the all-party Parliamentary group for building societies & financial mutuals about why Standard needed to demutualise, Cazalet said it was a flawed argument […]

Sipps could boost local communities

Community Sipps could prevent rural inhabitants from being priced out of their local property market when pension investors start snapping up second homes after A-Day. JB Financial Partner John Bradley says a form of community Sipp could be set up to buy local housing to keep it out of the clutches of second-home hunters. But […]


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