With the introduction of a new Thing from the USA the import company Things for you (TFY) expect a high level of investment. 'The arrival of the Thing is going to be the biggest event since the last bank holiday' predicted the man we stopped on the corner.
Northern Rock is reducing its standard mortgage base rate by 0.2 per cent to 8.5 per cent for new borrowers this month. It will come into effect for existing borrowers on April 1, provided that UK base rates are not increased next month.
The PIA expects most member firms to beat the March 27 deadline for submitting individual registration forms. Latest figures show that some 30,000 forms have been returned out of an expected 87,000. About 4,000 forms are being returned a day. The PIA has warned that any firm which misses the deadline will face a £250 […]
The 64 questions in the recent DSS consultation document on stakeholder pensions range from the general to the very detailed. For example: “What would be the most appropriate way of establishing stakeholder pension schemes so as to provide security for members and effective mechanisms for ensuring that schemes are run in the interests of members […]
Clerical Medical is unveiling the first stage of a radical five-year plan to nearly double its IFA life and pension market share by revamping its pension policies. The life office is aiming to boost its IFA market share to 8 per cent from 4.5 per cent. It claims it will achieve this by overhauling its […]
By Robin Geffen, Fund Manager and CEO
Internet giant Alibaba is exactly the type of entrepreneurial company that the high-conviction, top-performing Neptune Global Alpha Fund seeks to invest in. Established just 14 years ago in an apartment in Hangzhou, today Alibaba is larger than Amazon and eBay put together and is challenging some of the most powerful internet companies in the world…
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