In recent weeks, the gilt market has been mov-ing to a global rhythm rather than a specifically UK one. The UK has its own market idiosyncrasies which are apparent in the shape of the UK gilt yield curve compared with the US and European curves but the dominant global theme remains the credit crisis and the liquidity crunch accompanying it.
Specialist environmental manager Impax Asset Management has introduced a fund that will invest globally in big and medium-sized companies that are developing products or services to solve the world’s environmental problems.
The Council of Mortgage Lenders says the number of loans taken out for house purchase in each of the last three months was more than 30 per cent down on the same period last year. It predicts this decline will continue throughout 2008.
Watson Wyatt predicts the at retirement market in the UK will more than double within five years to over £30bn a year. The consultancy group says the at retirement market was worth £13.6bn in 2007 and it predicts the market will grow by nearly 20 per cent a year over the next five years. At […]
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
Advice network Intrinsic is funding a 58-week training programme through the Quilter Financial Adviser School to get more get more advisers to join its ranks. The course includes specific Intrinsic training throughout the core QFAS programme and means advisers will be trained on Intrinsic systems and processes. It is open to any student who will […]
Influential think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies has added to pressure on the government from the pensions industry not to restrict tax breaks ahead of the Budget later this month. The IFS says it would be a “step in the wrong direction” to resitrct pension tax breaks on high earners, even though it could […]
Advice firm consolidator AFH is looking to raise £15m to fund more acquisitions by offering new shares in the company. It will sell new ordinary shares in the company at 370p a share in a quickfire offering, with the proceeds used to “execute the company’s acquisition pipeline”, AFH said in a stock market announcement today. […]