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Morgan Grenfell launches World Bonds

Morgan Grenfell is aiming to bring its institutional investment experience to the retail market, with the introduction of its World Bonds Fund. A sub fund of its Dublin based Global Select Funds open-ended investment company. World Bonds will be denominated in US dollars and marketed globally.

The investment objective is to achieve a total return of competitive growth and income, through investment in a diversified portfolio of governmental and non governmental bonds from some of the world&#39s major economies.

The fund will be managed in London using a collective team approach with input from managers around the world. It will be benchmarked to outperform the Salomon World Government Bond Index by 2 per cent a year using bonds with a minimum Standard & Poor&#39s investment rating of BBB.

Morgan Grenfell will use a rigorous investment selection criteria based on risk and return analysis. This involves currency management in which it will initially hedge against the US dollar in favour of the Deutschmark and duration management where Morgan Grenfell will assess whether to go for long or short dated bonds on a market by market basis. The security selection will also allow it to take advantage of undervalued bonds.


Darling to speak at Swiss Life welfare conference

Social Security Secretary Alistair Darling will be the keynote speaker in a welfare reform debate hosted by Swiss Life this month.Darling will share a platform with MPs and businessmen including the Lib Dem chair of the social security select committee Archy Kirkwood and NAPF director general Dr Ann Robinson.The all-day &#39Getting Welfare to Work&#39 conference […]

Foreign & Colonial sees buying opportunities

Foreign & Colonial says that the collapse in investor sentiment is creating compelling stock market opportunities.F&C UK head of equities David Manning says: &#34This situation presents buying opportunities in specific stocks whose current discounts are unquestionably overdone. &#34A situation where Colt Telecom, which is forecast next year to report sales of just £360m and operating […]

Royal & SunAlliance relaunches its Unit Trust Peps

PEPSRoyal & SunAlliance InvestmentsUNIT TRUST PEPSAim: To achieve capital growth and/or income through investment in Royal & SunAlliance&#39s unit trust range.Minimum investment: Single – £1,000, additions – £1,000 and regular – £50. Investment choice: Equity income, equity, FTSE 100 tracker, European, UK smaller companies, portfolio, managed, growth & income and North America.Yield: Ranges from 0.28 […]

Friends Provident adds Investment Trust Portfolio to its Capital Investment Bond

Friends ProvidentCAPITAL INVESTMENT BONDType: Addition of Investment Trust Portfolio Fund to its unit-linked Capital Investment Bond. Aim: To achieve capital growth through investing in a range of investment trusts from a number of providers.Investment split: UK – 63 per cent, Europe – 25 per cent, North America – 4 per cent, Japan – 1 per […]

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Survey looks at the challenges facing businesses post auto-enrolment

A survey conducted by Johnson Fleming at the Pension & Benefits Show 2014 highlighted the key challenges faced within organisations post auto-enrolment. The results showed that communicating the changes and the value of them to staff, and receiving timely data from the payroll provider proved to still be the most challenging aspects of managing an auto-enrolment scheme.


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