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New Star International – Strategic Government Bond Fund

Type: Offshore Oeic

Aim: Income and growth by investing in US-denominated Government bonds

Minimum investment: Lump sum $5,000, Œ5,000, £3,500

Yield: 5% a year

Investment split: 35% US, 31% Latin America, 22% Europe, 6% Asia, 6% other

Place of registration: Dublin

Charges: Initial 5.25%, annual 1.25%

Commission: Initial 3%, renewal 0.3%

Tel: 00 353 1475 8000


Widows cutting projection rates

Scottish Widows is downgrading the projections on its with-profits endowment policies because it no longer believes the FSA-sanctioned rates of return are realistic.The company says this may mean that more policyholders receive red and amber letters but it says to continue using the FSA projections of 4, 6 and 8 per cent would leave it […]

Please don&#39t kill off kilt tradition

Months after the Money Marketing awards, we hear of concerns being voiced North of the Border that no one is wearing formal Highland dress any more at the illustrious awards ceremony.A certain Ken Hogg of Aegon is known to have told some of his colleagues that he was one of the few to bother this […]

Liberty Ermitage – Liberty Ermitage Gold & Resources Fund

Type: Offshore Oeic Aim: Growth by investing in gold & precious metal stocks and specialist gold funds Minimum investment: Lump sum $15,000, £10,000, euros 15,000 Place of registration: Bermuda Investment split: 32% large caps, 15% mid caps, 12% small caps, 29% specialist gold funds, 3% financing, 9% cash Charges: Annual 0.5% Commission: Subject to negotiation […]

Government should encourage reuse of empty homes says Halifax

More than 90 per cent of people want the Government to actively reduce the number of empty houses in the UK, according to the latest Halifax survey.The report shows nine out of ten people surveyed (91 per cent) want to see the number of empty homes reduced and 82 per cent want the Government to […]

Europe: banking on a recovery

Neptune video: Europe — banking on a recovery

Arguing that the eurozone crisis is over, watch Rob Burnett, head of European equities at Neptune, discuss the sectors that he’s investing in to harness the recovery. 

In the video, Burnett addresses the following: 

• The primary drivers of the eurozone’s economic recovery
• The turnaround in individual countries’ current accounts
• Sectors best positioned to harness the recovery, without offering undue exposure to risk


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