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Japan the place to be according to L&G

Legal & General is urging IFAs to recommend Japanese investments for longer term capital growth.

L&G believes the apathy which affected the Japanese stockmarket for most of the decade is now over and it is now showing signs of recovery.

The life office says the government and the banks are finally facing up to Japan&#39s economic problems and are introducing stimulus packages and tackling bad debts.

Its retail investments director Michael Hayden says: &#34Both the Japanese economy and stockmarket are the second biggest in the world and yet Japan is undervalued relative to the rest of the world.&#34

Investment specialists at the life office are taking this message to the IFA community through a series of roadshows held across the country during October, November and December.



Government could be forced to bail out occupational pensions

The Government could be forced to rescue occupational pension schemes with &#34large scale injections&#34 of tax payers cash according to a report commissioned for the National Association of Pension Funds.The report &#34The impact of deflation on pensions and pension funds&#34 by economist Roger Bootle warns of the potential impact on occupational schemes if the economy […]

Premier appoints head of pooled funds

Premier Funds Managers has promoted David Hambidge to head of pooled funds with immediate effect.Hambidge has been with Premier since 1987 and currently manages its Selector Growth and Selector Income funds.Premier managing director Jonathan Fry says: &#34David has an unequalled grasp of the world&#39s markets and unrivalled expertise in the use of pooled investment funds. […]

Sellers packs not necessarily the answer says Pink Home Loans

Pink Home Loans is warning the introduction of &#34home seller packs&#34 by the Government will create more problems than they solve.The mortgage packager says sellers may be put off moving by the amount of up-front costs involved.It believes the expense of providing a building survey, details of planning applications affecting the property and a list […]

Marketing courses offered by consultancy

Marketing consultancy CST Intelligence is launching a series of courses aimed at financial services marketing and research professionals.The three courses, how to develop strong financial services brands, strategic financial services branding and maximising the power of market research, will be held in November.The former courses will be taken by Open University professor Leslie de Chernatony […]


What employers should expect over the next five years

A major feature of our articles is looking into the Jelf Employee Benefits crystal ball to predict changes and trends that may influence the short and medium term shape of UK employee benefits.  By flagging such changes early we aim to provide our followers with the tools to make sensible and informed decisions on their benefits offerings.


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