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Japan hit by earthquake and tsunami

Numerous casualties are feared after a tsunami and earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale hit Japan.

The earthquake struck the North-East of Japan, triggering the tsunami, just before the close of trading in Tokyo.

By the close the Nikkei 225 index was down 1.72 per cent. The FTSE saw a fall of 0.63 per cent in early trading to stand at 5808.65, while the Dax fell 1.09 per cent.

Other Asian markets have also fallen with Hong Kong Hang Seng down 1.8 per cent.


Backing for Schroders and JPM’s alternative thinking

Advisers and providers have welcomed Schroders’ new low-cost fund which has been designed as an alternative to passive investing ahead of the RDR. The Schroder UK core fund has a total expense ratio of 40 basis points and will target performance of 1.3 per cent a year of the FTSE All-Share benchmark.The fund launches on […]

LSL ready for more buys as profits double

LSL Property Services says it is well placed for further acquis- itions following profits of £36m in 2010, more than double the £16.6m figure in 2009. In January 2010, the group bought Halifax Estate Agencies from Lloyds Banking Group. The group’s profit includes a £10m gain made by the firm. In May last year, LSL […]

Skandia UK increases profits by 56%

Skandia UK has announced pre-tax profits of £140m for the year ended December 31, an increase of 56 per cent compared to £90m in 2009, on an IFRS basis. Funds under management grew 20 per cent over the year to £33.9m, gross sales grew 46 per cent to £6bn and net sales grew 77 per […]

Derek Stuart: where to find value in the UK?

Derek discusses a number of Œself-help stories as examples of where he is finding good opportunities in the UK With the FTSE trading at historically high levels, many investors have questioned whether UK equities continue to offer value. But, as Derek points out, the headline figures mask many opportunities at a sector level. He has […]


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