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RLAM boosts overseas team

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The Daley Update

M&G UK Retail has appointed Gary Shaughnessy as chief executive and Phil Wagstaff as managing director. Shaughnessy steps up from retail director of marketing while Wagstaff is promoted from deputy managing director.u The British Venture Capital Association has appointed Duke Street Capital chief executive Edmund Truell as chairman. He takes over from Friends Ivory & […]

Northern Rock makes connections

Northern Rock has introduced together connections 90 per cent, a flexible mortgage that tracks the Bank of England base rate for four years.The mortgage stays at 1.49 per cent above the base rate until January 1, 2005, giving a payable rate of 6.74 per cent. It is available for loans of up to 90 per […]

JPMorgan Fleming Asset Management – Investment Trust Personal Pension Account

Wednesday, 13 June 2001.Type: Individual personal pension.Minimum premium: Lump sum £1,000, monthly £100.Minimum-maximum ages: From birth-74.Fund links: Cash fund, Fleming managed growth, Fleming claverhouse and Fleming overseas.Charges: None.Allocation rates: 100 per cent.Minimum term: One month.Options: Income drawdown.Commission: Initial up to 3 per cent, fund based 0.5 per cent.Tel: 0800 413176.

GE Life hits the headlines

GE LIFE HIGH INCOME & GROWTH PLAN V Type: Closed ended investment company. Aim: Growth and income linked to the Eurostoxx 50 index. Minimum investment: £7,000. Place of registration: Dublin. Guarantee: Capital will be returned in full at end of term if the final level of the index is at or above the initial level, […]

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading


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