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London tops worldwide equity management charts

London has beaten off rivals New York, Boston and Tokyo to maintain its position as the leading worldwide equity fund management centre.

It is the second year London has sealed top spot in the Thomson Financial Investor Relations &#391999 International Target Cities Report&#39 beating its rivals from across the Atlantic.

The survey&#39s findings are based on results obtained from 6,000 fund management houses worldwide.

The annual survey shows London now controls $2.1 trillion of the worlds equities compared to New York&#39s Wall Street in second with $2.0 trillion market share.


Virgin calls for catmarked personal pension

Virgin Direct have called on the Government to introduce a catmarked personal pension based on the catmarked Isa.The bank is calling on the Government to introduce what it says are strict standards for personal pensions immediately.Virgin Direct chief executive Rowan Gormley says: “The industry howled when Cat standards were first mooted for Isas, but now […]

CIS proclaims the virtue of life assurance Isas

Co-operative Insurance Society is reminding investors there is an alternative to investing in stock & shares and cash Isas.The society says life assurance Isas offer investors a &#39halfway house&#39 between the other two more popular forms of Isa investment.CIS describes the product as the Cinderella of Isas but it can provide the prospect of good […]

Scottish Widows predicts collapse of buy-to-let market

Scottish Widows Bank is predicting that demand for rented property is plumetting and the buy-to-let mortgage market is set to collapse.The Edinburgh-based bank says the market is in danger of overheating and will now only accept applications for its buy-to-let mortgages that are introduced by IFAs.Widows says it is refusing to accept direct applications because […]

WPA launches range of international PMI plans

Healthcare specialists Western Provident Association is to launch a new range of international private health insurance policies.The three policies, Diplomat, Emissary and Governor are aimed specifically at British people temporarily living abroad.All three levels of cover offer members evacuation and repatriation back to the UK in the event of a medical emergency, plus worldwide cover […]


Guide: how to change your auto-enrolment support

As we approach the two-year milestone of auto-enrolment, employers have had the opportunity to truly assess the capabilities of their chosen support. They are also now realising that getting to the staging date was the easy part, and that support is required for almost every aspect of the day to day running of their scheme. With the three-year re-enrolment window coinciding for many with the total removal of commission and Active Member Discounts from pension-related products and services, as well as the introduction of the pension charge cap in April 2015, many employers will have no choice but to review their support options. But, what is involved in transitioning your auto-enrolment scheme away from your current support options? This guide from Johnson Fleming aims to outline some of these key areas and provide information and discussion points on what you need to consider.


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