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Octopus picks up on bioscience

Summing up Burke says: “A number of major UK investment houses

are currently extolling the virtues of smaller company unit and

investment trusts. If they are right, successfully managed venture

capital trusts should produce excellent potential terms for investors

taking the plunge this season. Whether the potential converts to

pounds remains to be seen but I am reasonably confident.”

Dilke-Wing says: "I cannot see there being widespread investor

demand for this product, however, there may be sufficient high

earners who like the sector and have the odd £100,000 lying around

to make the issue viable."


Gartmore launches fixed income fund

Gartmore is launching a new fixed income fund investing in bonds and other securities and focusing on capital security.The Gartmore Monthly Income Fund will be run by senior investment manager Eran Peleg, a member of Gartmore&#39s 20-strog fixed income team.The fund anticipates income of 7.5 per cent a year, with a minimum investment of £1000 […]

BBA&#39s Rawlins in MPI role for OFT

The OFT has reshuffled its directors, with British Bankers&#39 Association director Chris Rawlins becoming a director in its markets and policy initiatives (MPI) division.Rawlins will play a key role in the OFT&#39s working relations with business, including the financial services community, Government and consumer organisations, both at the national and international levels.He will also be […]


Are life office cuts in with-profits bonus rates justified?“I think they probably are. The bonus rates have got to reflect the overall performance so I would have expected them to be lower.” Gordon Walker, Sole trader “Yes. With the investment returns we have seen in the last few years, I do not see how they […]

Julian Gibbs

Very often, last year&#39s worst performing sectors become this year&#39s winners. The worst performer in 2001 was technology, with the average unit trust being down by 47 per cent at the beginning of December. European technology shares were particularly badly hit.While technology shares will continue to remain volatile, there are now some bargains which the […]

'Feeling the Squeeze'

Royal London carried out a UK wide survey with 2,500 consumers age 35-44 over the summer. The survey found that over a third, 34 per cent, said their finances felt Squeezed and so were struggling to meet day-to-day expenses, despite 87 per cent being aware that they need to save more. However, the survey did […]


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