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Newcastle BS launches investment brand

Newcastle Building Society has made a soft-launch of a range of savings and investment products for intermediaries under the new brand of Newcastle IS.

The lender says the new service will be fully launched with an intermediary website in July, offering a range of deposit based products including fixed rate bonds, access accounts and GEBs.

These products will be available in a variety of tax wrappers including cash ISA and will also be suitable for investment in SIPPs.
Senior marketing executive Steve Urwin says: “We are delighted to introduce Newcastle’s intermediary savings service, which reinforces our commitment to the intermediary market. This new brand will provide investment advisors with a range of innovative and flexible products, as well as opening an alternative avenue of business, aside from the usual Lending arena, for FSA registered intermediaries.”


The games we play

Politicians, lorry drivers, brewers and some fund managers are as one. The price of commodities is ridiculous and someone had better do something soon before everyone gets very angry. It is worth remembering that a much smaller group comprising farmers, oil sheikhs and another bunch of fund managers thinks high and rising commodity prices are a blessing. “Bring it on,” they cry.


Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


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