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Land of rising sun offers brightest investments

Japanese equity funds have come out top in the Life & Pensions Moneyfacts/Lipper regular survey.

The Japanese specialist funds sector is the best out of those covered in the survey, with an increase of more than 24 per cent in the three months till the end of November and 181 per cent in the year to end November.

The Japanese sector, which includes funds mainly invested in blue-chip Japanese shares, is the second best performer with a rise of nearly 18 per cent in the equivalent three months and nearly 92 per cent over the year.

Third place over three months is the North American specialist funds sector which gained more than 10 per cent. The third highest in the year to end November is the Far East sector, including Japan with an increase of more than 61 per cent.


New ombudsman launch

Financial services personnel have been asked to contribute to a workshop organised by the new financial ombudsman on 24 January. The discussions will feature the proposed new arrangements for handling complaints.Speakers will include Financial Ombudsman Service chairman Andreas Whittam Smith and FSA director of consumer relations Christine Farnish. Consumer representatives will also attend.Chief Ombudsman Walter […]

Halifax mortgage share static

Halifax has failed to increase its share in the mortgage market in the last six months of this year.The has bank announced its market share is set to hold steady at 7 per cent net and 15 per cent gross for the last half of this year. This is similar to figures for the first […]

Lenders call to drop compulsory insurance

Specialist mortgage lenders are calling upon the Government to abolish compulsory insurance and make redemption charges clearer. Lenders made their views known at the second of a series of mortgage “summits” with trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers.Byers met nine lenders who argued redemption penalties should be expressed as a cash sum and should not […]

PMI charges deemed unhealthy

Moves to contain the cost of private medical insurance may lead to inadequate standards of healthcare, according to William Mercer.The human resource consultancy said plans which provide cheaper premiums through restricted hospital lists may backfire on insurers and sponsoring employees.William Mercer say legal cases in the US show these “managed health plans” were not giving […]

2016 Global Survey of Individual Investors: How is investor behaviour rewriting the job description for financial professionals?

Trapped between expectations for near double-digit returns and strong apprehensions about investing in persistently volatile markets, investors worldwide are of the opinion that professional financial advice is worth the fee. But even though they believe individuals who work with a financial professional are more likely to achieve their goals, investors have a clear vision of […]


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