More than a quarter of investors are now less confident about investing in the stockmarket than they were before the war in Iraq, according to the AITC. Twenty-seven per cent of the 1,000 investors interviewed at the beginning of May were more pessimistic about investing, compared to just 15 per cent whose confidence had increased. Fifty-per cent said the war had not affected their confidence either way.
Whitechurch Securities is this week setting up a mortgage network offering a no-frills compliance service for mortgage brokers.The company says 50 of its existing Whitechurch Network members are already on board and 20 will be joining in the near future. Whitechurch has calculated that, on average, these members arrange six to eight mortgages a month, […]
West Bromwich Building Society is hitting the acquisition trail in a bid to double in size over the next four to five years.The society says it is in discussions with potential suitors but is still keen to speak to others, particularly smaller societies.It says it wants to double its size over the next four to […]
Once again, another Budget passes with no significant changes to the inheritance tax regime, the nil-rate band simply rising in line with inflation to £255,000.On the surface, IHT seems to be the forgotten tax as far as Gordon Brown is concerned but perhaps if we dig a little deeper we can detect a reason for […]
I am the finance director of a UK listed company employing over 500 staff, all of whom are members of the final-salary scheme. I have become increasingly alarmed at the number of final-salary schemes that are closing to new members or winding up. What is causing this situation and what should I do regarding our […]
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
- Top trends
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