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Markets stabilise after air strikes on Afghanistan

Markets stabilised yesterday and early this morning, regaining all gains lost after a nervous start to trading following the US and British attacks on Afghanistan.

The FTSE 100, France&#39s Cac 40 and Germany&#39s Dax indices all made modest gains in thin early trading, signalling that investors have factored air strikes into prices.


BWD Rensburg – BWD Aggressive Growth Trust

Friday, 12 October 2001.Type: Unit trust.Aim: Growth by investing in UK equities.Minimum investment: Lump sum £500, monthly £25.Investment split: 100 per cent UK equities.Isa link: Yes.Pep transfers: Yes.Charges: Initial 5.25 per cent, annual 1.5 per cent.Commission: Initial 3 per cent, renewal 0.5 per cent.Tel: 0800 7316028.

Gartmore planning corporate bond move

Gartmore is looking to offer a new corporate bond fund in the first quarter of next year.The stable growth fund is expected to be launched in February 2002 and will target investors looking for secure investments in a market where interest rates are falling.The fund is likely to offer a monthly income with a running […]

Upwards persistency trend may peter out says PIA

Results from the PIA&#39s 2001 survey of persistency suggests its upward trend shown in recent years might not be continuing. The regulator says this is due to a complex variety of factors including premium holidays and changing economic conditions. The figures also reveals persistency across a range of regular premium contracts sold by IFAs is […]

NDF Administration – Extra Income & Growth Plan 8

Friday, 12 October 2001.Type: Guaranteed equity bond.Aim: Income and growth by investing in Eurostoxx 50 index.Minimum-maximum investment: Lump sum £10,000-£1m, Isa lumpsum £7,000.Term: Three years.Guarantee: Capital returned in full at end of term provided the indexdoes not fall by more than 20 per cent.Return: 0.78 per cent income a month, 10.25 per cent income a […]

Don’t play chicken with the Bank of Japan

By Josh Ausden, Head of Client Investment Strategy, Neptune Short-term yen strength has hurt the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund but recent events have only added weight to our conviction that the Bank of Japan will act to ease policy, boosting multinationals’ profits and weakening the yen. In recent weeks the performance of the Japanese stockmarket […]


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