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Alliance Trust fails to hit targets following Brexit vote

Investment performance at Alliance Trust has been hit by the UK’s vote to leave the EU. According to the assets manager’s half year results, total returns were 6.6 per cent, compared to the MSCI ACWI benchmark of 12 per cent. The underperformance occured in June, the firm says. In addition to the Brexit vote, a […]

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FCA finds ‘serious and widespread’ issues with insurance ARs

The FCA has uncovered widespread failings in how general insurance firms manage their appointed representatives. As a result the regulator has intervened with five firms. Two have been told to stop selling immediately and two Section 166 reports have been commmissioned. All five firms have been prevented from taking on new ARs, and the FCA […]

Standard Life’s Jamie Jenkins on nudge theory for the over 55s

Standard Life head of pensions strategy Jamie Jenkins has a solution to the retirement savings gap. Unfortunately, however, it is not a quick fix. “What we need is a savings culture,” he says. “Automatic enrolment is nudging people towards that but it’s just the start of the process. We could have people saving for their […]

European note

Europe: are we coming to the end of this equity market correction?

Rob Burnett, Head of European Equities, Neptune The factors behind the recent stock market correction can be characterised into three broad areas: the unwinding of the low volatility phase in markets, a peak in some leading economic indicators (PMIs), and tariff related developments. Where do we stand on these three factors? Read more. Investment Risks […]

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