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L&G to launch dynamic bond fund to retail market

Legal and General is launching its dynamic bond into the retail market.

The Ucits III vehicle has been a strong performer under the management of Dickie Hodges since its launch back in April 2007 and will be available from March 31, 2008.

L&G sales director Ben Waterhouse says: “Access to the dynamic bond trust is good news for the retail IFA market. This is a fully flexible fixed income product, run by an award winning fund manager with a huge amount of resource at his disposal. Given that we are soon to have a strong one year track record we felt that we should give the wider market the opportunity to invest.”


Escrow call for FOS case charges

The IFA Defence Union is calling on the FOS to allow advisers to set up escrow accounts so case fees are returned if the FOS loses its appeal in the Pickering case.An escrow account, which costs around £50 to set up, would ensure the FOS receives the fee if its appeal is successful but not […]

Recession is biggest threat to investment confidence

A recession is the biggest threat to the finances of active investors or the general public, says the Association of Investment Companies.The AIC’s latest investor confidence index found that 37 per cent of active investors are most worried about a recession, with the second-biggest cause for concern being a stockmarket crash.Twenty-four per cent of the […]

Annuities to fall if base rate is reduced

Consumers should buy annuities now, according to Defaqto. It says if there are reductions in bank base rate as predicted, then annuity rates are likely to come down.

‘CAR negates role of regulated networks’

Standard Life argues that customer-agreed remuneration would negate the role of “commission club” regulated networks.Distribution strategy director Stephen Ingledew says for advisers wanting to be remunerated by CAR and call themselves independent, the attraction of a network is not so obvious.He says: “In order to call yourself independent, you need to adopt CAR. One of […]

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading


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