Adviser and investment management group Attivo has made the first three appointments in a recruitment drive it expects to lead to 50 new members of staff by the end of the year. James Cobb is now group technical manager after joining from Hargreaves Lansdown where he did the same role. Teresa Crew will lead the […]
Advisers studying for professional exams often find it difficult to find the time to revise, keep up their day job and maintain some sort of home life. For some it makes sense to study on the move, making full use of time that would otherwise be wasted, such as the train journey home or on […]
In preparation for a summer holiday visit to a remote house in Europe I started to research the cost of car hire. I decided I needed to add in a GPS system, only to see the cost for my rental go up faster than a FSCS levy. So I decided to buy a GPS unit […]
There has been little change to annuity rates since the last update and this reflects the flat line trend for gilt yields at the moment. The benchmark 15-year gilt yield has remained just under 2 per cent so far in April. Unless yields increase, annuity rates will remain at present levels. In my recent paper […]
By Ali Unwin, head of technology sector research
Apple recently announced the highest-ever recorded quarterly net profit ($18bn), with the sale of 74.4 million iPhones helping the company deliver $74.6bn of revenue for the quarter ending December 2014. These sales were largely driven by strong demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Highlights included Chinese iPhone sales doubling year-on-year and unit growth of 44% in the US — supposedly a well-penetrated market. Apple ended the quarter with $178bn in cash on its balance sheet, having generated a staggering $30bn in free cash flow during the quarter.
At Neptune, we have been long-term believers in the Apple story, and continue to hold the stock in a number of our portfolios based on the company’s long-term growth prospects. This is predicated on our belief that Apple has proved thus far that it can — unusually for a consumer electronics company — maintain high margins for a sustained period of time, even as adoption of new technology slows down and competitors produce similar-specification products.
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