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Pifs to offer effective saving for retail investors – SJ Berwin

Property investment funds – proposed in this week&#39s Budget – will be an effective means of tax efficient saving for retail investors says law firm SJ Berwin.

The firm says it expects the Government consultation on Pifs not to limit investment to residential property and urban regeneration although a minimum investment in such property is being considered.

SJ Berwin property partner David Ryland says: “We believe it will be very important that there is a balance between regulation and market flexibility to ensure that there are no artificial restraints on the active management of the underlying assets.”


SLI launches global corporate governance platform

Standard Life Investments is this year launching a global corporate governance platform, involving portfolio managers in Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Boston and Montreal. The platform will build shareholder activism and governance into Standard&#39s global investment processes. The platform was unveiled at the National Association of Pension Funds&#39 annual investment conference in Edinburgh. Standard Life Investments head […]

Nil rate band for IHT increased to £263,000

Chancellor Gordon Brown has increased the nil rate band for inheritance tax to £263,000 from £255,000. Speaking in today&#39s budget Brown said the move would mean that more than 90 per cent of estates would pay no inheritance tax at all. The rate of inheritance tax is unchanged at 40 per cent.

Equitable Life Edge – Alan Steel

Equitable Life policyholders hoping that Lord Penrose would uncover the misselling endemic at Equitable during the 1990s have again been left high and dry. The other day, I was asked what it was that led me to criticise Equitable Life openly in April and May 1997, being threatened with a writ in the process. At […]

&#39Interference is causing complexity&#39

The Government should not get involved in product design beyond a simple Isa-style investment product and a pension product based on the US 401(k) structure, says Investment Management Association chief executive Richard Saunders. He told delegates at the Cityforum conference last week that Government intervention in product design and elaborate tax structures are creating complexity […]

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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