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It is the framework that sets the standard


If anyone out there is as old as me and did O levels, you will remember that some of them were arranged by University of London and others by Oxford and Cambridge. There were probably more but these were the sets that my school used, depending on which syllabus offered by each board was deemed by the teachers to be most suitable, Tudor or 20th century history being a good example.

All that matters is that I have an O level, not which board offered it. The point of Ofqual and a national qualifications’ framework is that if a paper is deemed, not by Robert Reid or the CII or the IFS or even IFAs but by the authorities, to be level four, five or six, then it is up to standard.

Just like other professionals who gain their profess-ional qualifications from a range of educational establishments in fact.

Gillian Cardy


Property trusts in merger talks

The boards of the UK commercial property trust, managed by Ignis Investments, and the F&C commercial property trust are considering a merger. If the merger of the £640m F&C trust and the £979m Ignis trust does go ahead, the combined entity would be one of the UK’s biggest listed property companies. Ignis, the asset manager […]

Identifying best-in-class UK stocks — Mark Martin, Neptune UK Opportunities Fund

FE Alpha Manager Mark Martin assumed management of the multi-cap UK Opportunities Fund at the beginning of February. As manager of the highly regarded UK Mid Cap Fund, Martin has begun restructuring the new portfolio to focus on our very best UK stock ideas from across the FTSE All-Share Index. In this video, update Martin addresses:

– Themes informing the UK Opportunities Fund
– The multi-cap structure of the fund
– UK equity valuations


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