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Opra dismisses 10 myths of stakeholder

Opra has issued a statement to dispel what it sees as the ten stakeholder myths persisting in the market as the October 8 deadline for compliance is reached.

The first myth the regulator is keen to scotch is that today&#39s deadline has been put back. It also emphasises that employers do not have to either establish or contribute to a stakeholder scheme in order to be compliant.

The statement also claims 300,000 stakeholders have been taken out since they were officially launched in April and rumours the products have been a &#39disaster&#39 are untrue.


Markets stabilise after air strikes on Afghanistan

Markets stabilised yesterday and early this morning, regaining all gains lost after a nervous start to trading following the US and British attacks on Afghanistan. The FTSE 100, France&#39s Cac 40 and Germany&#39s Dax indices all made modest gains in thin early trading, signalling that investors have factored air strikes into prices.

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Intelligent Finance – Discounted mortgage

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Sub-prime borrows to shrink in long term

The number of borrowers classed as sub-prime will shrink by 2.2 per cent a year, according to independent research by Datamonitor. Approximately 7.9m individuals currently fall into the sub-prime category, but low interest rates and low unemployment means this figure will fall to 7m by 2006. The research also predicts that sub-prime lenders will have […]

To be and not to be – Multi asset investing with conviction

At Pictet Asset Management we believe active management of asset allocation is the most important generator of returns. What is not to be in our portfolio is just as important as what is to be because good performance is determined as much by the assets you avoid as by those you hold. The FP Pictet Multi Asset Portfolio managers are not wedded to any particular […]


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