UK GDP grew by 0.4 per cent in the three months to April compared to 0.3 per cent growth in the three months ending in March 2015, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. The think-tank says it expects “the slight softening” of GDP growth experienced in the first quarter of this […]
Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]
Impartial, independent professional advice is not cheap and one of the often-discussed contributory factors in this cost is that of regulation. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme interim levy bills are a good example of regulatory costs pressures. Adviser firms have little choice but to find a, hopefully, palatable way to pass this on to the […]
The new dawn of pension freedoms finally emerged from the shadows earlier this month, bringing with it the ability for people aged 55 and over to cash in their pension savings. However, new products have not yet appeared, meaning the options available are largely the same as before – other than the additional ability to […]
Lucy Macdonald, portfolio manager, The Brunner Investment Trust PLC, discusses the aims and objectives of the trust and how recent political uncertainty has impacted her investment decisions. Lucy also discusses current investment themes, with a spotlight on internet businesses, and explains why investors should consider Brunner.
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