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Old Mutual says it&#39s time to buy in Asia

Fund manager Old Mutual is advising investors to get back into Asia.

Joint head of emerging markets Ashok Shah says: &#34Industrial production has stabilised and the latest figures show some sharp recoveries as the favourable swing in the trade balance compensates for domestic recession.&#34

Ashok says that the background of minimal inflation and rising currency rates mean that rates have fallen sharply and will stay low for some time to come.

He adds: &#34Trade surpluses continue so debts, especially high-cost, off-balance sheet debts are being paid down rapidly, restoring confidence among potential lenders to Asia.&#34


Sloc moves further down demutualisation road

Sun Life of Canada is preparing to demutualise into a publicly traded stock company following draft legislation drawn up by the Canadian Government in August.The life office says the legislation is a significant step toward finalising the regulatory regime which will permit demutualization.It is also reporting a 24 per cent decrease in net income for […]

MP seeks to compel IFAs to ask &#39the ethical question&#39

Financial advisers could be compelled to ask clients about their ethical and environmental concerns under a bill proposed by Labour backbencher Tony Colman.The Financial Services (Ethical Considerations) Bill presented in the House of Commons last week would require the Financial Services Authority to issue guidance to financial advisers compelling them to &#34ask the ethical question&#34.In […]

IFAs get access to leisure and sports fund

Swiss Investment banking house Svecia Group is launching its Global Sports Fund into the IFA market.The fund invests in companies which derive a high proportion of their earnings from sport and leisure activities such as Nike, Adidas and BSKYB.Chief executive Henrik Johnsson says: &#34Unlike other narrowly focused sports investment vehicles launched in the past, this […]

Southern Pacific warns lenders not to repeat mistakes of last recession

Sub-prime lender Southern Pacific has called on lenders to re-examine their arrears and possessions policies in order to avoid a repeat of the damaging spate of repossessions that occurred in the last recession.SPML director John Prust says: &#34CML figures show increases in both possessions up 9.6 per cent on 1997 and arrears of 3 to […]

Why prevention is better than cure

Quoting the famous adage, prevention is better than cure; there are many proactive benefits that can improve wellness in the workplace, decrease stress, increase staff morale and reduce absenteeism, as well as attracting and retaining employees of a higher standard. With a recent study showing that employees in Britain are working below peak productivity, preventative benefits can ensure you address potential health issues or causes of stress at their source and ensure productivity in the workplace remains at an optimum level. With this in mind, how are you using preventative benefits to help keep your workforce happy and healthy?


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