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Protection on Merrill funds

Merrill Lynch HSBC has set up two investment products providing 100

per cent capital protection over three or four years.

The Euro Stoxx protected investment product tracks the Dow Jones Euro

Stoxx 50 index for three years and is comprised of stocks from the 11

eurozone countries. It offers a basic growth return of 6 per cent if

held to maturity.

Investors can qualify for an additional bonus depending on the growth

of the index.

The FTSE 100/S&P 500 PIP tracks both the FTSE 100 and Standard

& Poor&#39s 500 index for four years and offers a return of 76 per

cent of any aggregate percentage increase of the indices. Each index

is given a weighting of 50 per cent.

Minimum investment for both products is £5,000.


Our poll finds IFA nation wants single united body

IFAs want Aifa, Sofa and the LIA to merge into one general trade bodyfor advisers, according to exclusive research by Money Marketing andVirgin One on the State of the IFA Nation.The first figures from the extensive survey of IFA opinion shows 82per cent of IFAs would like to see the separate bodies come togetherto act […]

Soap plays equity card

As if the scrapping of polarisation was not enough, one of thenation&#39s favour-ite TV soaps has decided to stick the boot into IFAs.Coronation Street&#39s 13.5 million viewers have been watching the IFAfrom hell Richard Hillman dominate story lines.Commentators in the national press have not been slow to drawconnections – one wag asked if FSA chairman […]

ABN fears bulk annuity burden at Pru and L&G

Investment analysts ABN Amro have expressed serious concerns overPrudential&#39s and Legal & General&#39s bulk annuity business,claiming that the liabilities taken on may be too great.Bulk annuities are created when defined-benefit schemes close andtrustees sell off future liabilities to insurance companies.ABN has recommended reducing shareholdings in Prudential afterlooking at its bulk annuity business.A report from the […]

Sofa spotlight on LTC

Sofa is holding a day-long conference covering all the major issuesrelating to long-term care.Speakers will look at issues surrounding who needs LTC insurance,current legal issues for the IFA, new arrangements for funding LTCand co-operating with other professionals when providing care.The agenda includes formal presentations and interactive casestudies, with industry speakers including Department of Health headof […]


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