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Review of 2004: Investment

Yet another Government savings initiative slipped into freefall as the Chancellor managed to ruin what was a successful product by stripping away some of the reasons for people buying them. Isa sales fell off a cliff, with the first-ever month of net redemptions.

Never mind, what he takes with one hand, he gives with another. The Chancellor’s new tax breaks for VCTs provided considerable excitement and then embarrassment as they failed to inspire the public to part with billions, as the industry had seemed to expect. Several high-profile groups rushed out products only to struggle to raise enough cash to get the things off the ground.

Fidelity continued to dominate fund sales but plucky New Star, which passed its third birthday, gave the giant a run for its money, beating it in several months.

Another relative toddler, Skandia Investment Management leapt to the top of the multi-manager tree, outselling more seasoned players such as Jupiter and Hendersons.


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FOS must strike right balance

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LSE turns down £1.35bn offerThe London Stock Exchange has turned down a £1.35bn offer from German rival Deutsche Bourse. The LSE says the offer undervalued the business but it will continue to hold talks with the Frankfurt-based operation to see if an improved offer is likely.

Review of 2004: FSCS

What was the biggest headache for IFAs in 2004? With professional indemnity premiums dropping, it has to have been the unprecedented rise in FSCS costs which soared by up to 1,000 per cent for some advisers.


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