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July record for non-conform business

GMAC-RFC has reported a record month for non-conforming business in July, with completions up by 79 per cent on the same month last year. The firm attributes the growth to its online systems and support.


Schroders boosts underlying group profits

Schroders reported group profits before tax of 132.3m for the six months to June 30, up from 123.5m last time.Asset management profits before tax were down slightly to 96.8m compared to 99.8m last year although asset management revenue increased by 21 per cent to 377.3m. The company says the increase was driven by higher margins […]

Good first half for Burns-Anderson

Burns-Anderson made a profit of 330,000 for the first six months of this year, beating the company’s annual profits for 2005. The firm says it has increased its capital adequacy by 75 per cent and claims to have almost paid off the 500,000 loan it received from Norwich Union.

Product matters

One of the most successful fund-raisers of venture capital trusts over the last two years has been Octopus Asset Management, raising more than 100m for its Eclipse VCTs. However, being successful at fundraising does not necessarily equate to success at investment – just look at the Murray VCTs of the late 1990’s for example. Rather […]

Broker in Lutine link to switch policies to PTA

Hargreaves Lansdown has brokered a deal with specialist life office Lutine to offer HL clients with life-only policies the option to switch into Lutine’s pension term assurance with no further underwriting. Lutine, which is a syndicate of Lloyd’s of London, says it plans to enter the mainstream market and is developing a suite of term […]

Great expectations for Japan

By James Dowey, Chief Economist and CIO Turnaround stories are an investor’s best friend. If successful, they prompt a widespread and possibly radical re-evaluation of the fair value of the associated assets. If one is brave enough to re-evaluate early on in the process then the returns can be very large. For over two decades […]


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