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Rowanmoor funds reach 73m

Rowanmoor Pensions says total funds under administration on its family pension trust now stand at 73m since its launch in October 2006.


The cutting edge

Falling interest rates have increased the appeal of income-producing products while falling stockmarkets have boosted the attractions of downside protection. This combination has led to a re-emergence in the popularity of structured products but overhanging this trend is the spectre of the late 1990s and precipice bonds.

Big leap in enhanced annuity sales

Enhanced annuity sales rose by 35 per cent to break through the 1bn barrier last year.Consultancy Watson Wyatt says sales have increased by 161 per cent since 2001 and it believes the trend will continue.It estimates that up to 40 per cent of people taking out an annuity may be entitled to enhanced rates.Enhanced annuities […]

SocGen slashes share price by almost 40%

Societe Generale has launched a steeply discounted £4.1bn share sale in a bid to cover the £3.7bn loss made by rogue trader Jerome Kerviel.The bank is offering a one-for-four rights issue at £35.50 a share, a discount of almost 40 per cent on Friday’s closing price. The rights issue is being underwritten by JP Morgan […]

Range rovers drive returns at New Star

New Star’s multi-manager team are attributing the outperformance of their active portfolio to its ability to invest in a range of asset classes and markets while measuring downside risk in every position it takes.


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