Smaller-cap stocks are at last returning to favour. Perhaps this is because the FTSE 100 now offers poor value. But the widening gap in the performance between small companies and the FTSE 100 has been a cause of considerable concern. In the US, where the penetration achieved by tracker funds is considerably greater than here, […]
Treasury economic secretary Helen Liddell is warning smaller firms conducting the pension review that they could be fined for missing deadlines. Liddell is turning her attention on smaller firms after conducting a six-month naming and shaming campaign against the biggest providers. Slow progress with the review could now see fines being handed out to smaller […]
West Bromwich Building Society has bought a £20m residential mortgage book from First Mortgage Group, bringing its group assets to over £2bn. The portfolio was acquired by subsidiary West Bromwich Mortgage Company. The move follows a £90m purchase of the Century Life mortgage book last November.
Liberty International Holdings is buying the rest of the shares of Portfolio Fund Management and injecting £5m to expand the business. It is buying the remaining 30 per cent after taking a 70 per cent stake in January last year. Liberty says Portfolio's funds under management have grown more than fourfold from £20m to £90m […]
By Chris Taylor, head of Japanese Equities, Neptune Abe, having reinforced his political position domestically, will most likely hold off any further major policy enactments until after president Trump has settled into the White House and enacted some of his own. Then a relaunch of the Three Arrows programme is likely, or Abenomics 2.0, including […]
Tax avoidance scheme users need to acquaint themselves with HMRC’s processes Over the past few years accelerated payment notices have been in the news. They have been used as very effective cash flow generators for HM Revenue and Customs in tax avoidance cases where HMRC would otherwise have had to wait until the end of […]
The multi-asset label covers a diverse and complex range of investment funds and approaches. The common characteristic is that they deliver a return profile which reduces the risk of investing in those asset classes individually. Multi-asset fund managers aim to deliver superior returns while balancing the portfolio to ensure that the level of risk being […]
The FCA has published a warning about an unauthorised firm based in Port Talbot that has been targeting consumers. The FCA says it believes the firm, called Talbot Review Centre, has been undertaking regulated activities that require authorisation. Port Talbot has been at the centre of the British Steel Pension Scheme scandal, which has now […]