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Paragon sees soaring profits

Buy-to-let lender Paragon’s profits were up by 83 per cent from £15.9m in H2 2009 to £29.3m for the six months ended March 31.

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Mortgage brokers cut out of high LTV deals

Mortgage brokers are concerned that, despite the number of mortgage deals at 90 per cent loan to value and above increasing by 19 per cent in the past six months, they now have access to fewer than half the products on the market. According to research by TrigoldCrystal for Money Marketing, brokers have access to […]

Rambourg return fails to rally investors

Multi-managers are continuing to steer clear of the Gartmore European absolute return fund despite the reinstatement of Guillaume Rambourg.Rambourg returned to Gartmore on April 28 as an analyst, not a manager, after being suspended on March 30 for “potential breaches of internal rules”. Insight Investment sold its entire stake of around £8.2m following the suspension. […]

Hawksmoor puts faith in quality funds

Hawksmoor’s multi-manager team believes its focus on good quality funds and fund managers will see it through the harsher low-growth and low-returns market environment it expects. Hawksmoor says that in the new, harsher market environment, stockpicking, balance sheets, cashflow and dividends are important. It says it has been difficult to form a view of markets […]

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Case study: administration — managing group life schemes

Our client leads the global market in high-tech electronics manufacturing and digital media. The trustees of the company’s final salary pension scheme insure death-in-service lump sum and dependants’ pension death benefits for active employees, as well as dependants’ pension benefits for deferred members (those who have left service).

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