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Network Data set for floatation

Network Data is to float on the Alternative Investment Market from Thursday.

The mortgage network’s parent company Network Data Holdings will be valued at £11.24m with shares at 40p each. The company had planned to float in June but that date was subsequently put back.

Network Data Holdings is the holding company of Network Data, Network Surveyors and the home information pack provider Hipstar.


Friends aims for Fidelity sits switches

Advisers have criticised Friends Provident’s UK special situations fund which has been launched as an alt- ernative to Fidelity’s special sits split. The new life and pension fund aims to replicate the geographical exposure of Fidelity’s original fund and is made up of three extern- ally managed funds – Merrill Lynch UK special situations fund, […]

Praise for Prudential stance

I want to congratulate the Prudential for publicly declaring that it will take steps to deal with churning. Last year, I was invited to a discussion hosted by Prudential distribution director Andy Briggs and, interestingly, the IFAs around the table debated this question quite fiercely. I recall being quite aggressive in my assertion to Andy […]

Advice project could save 100m a year

Providing generic financial advice to people on low to moderate incomes could save the Government 100m a year in welfare payments, claims the Resolution Foundation. It says the figure is based on modelling by Deloitte & Touche looking at the impact of providing low-level advice to the 15 million people who are on below average […]

Advisers don’t like talk of Gartmore bidding for Jupiter

Leading investment advisers would not be in favour of a merger between Gartmore and Jupiter after reports that Gartmore’s private equity backers are lining up a bid for the fund firm. There are concerns that any move by Gartmore for Jupiter would result in an exodus of fund managers from the Commerzbank-owned fund house and […]


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