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Royal London – Sterling Extra Yield Bond Fund

Type: Ucits

Aim: Income by investing in a portfolio of fixed-interest securities

Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000

Place of registration: Dublin

Investment split: 100% in a portfolio of fixed interest securities

Charges: Initial 4%, annual 1.25%

Commission: Initial 3%

Tel: 08456 040404


F&C Investment Trust sees 7.6 per cent growth

Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust interim results show net assets have increased by 7.6 per cent from £1,826m to £1,697m and NAV per share has also increased by 7.6 per cent to 192.38p.

IFAs merge in move to boost RIs

Norwich IFA Crossley Mackenzie is merging with City of London-based Helm Godfrey Partners to form a 28 RI group.The merger is part of Helm Godfrey&#39s plans to boost its RI count to 50 by the end of 2004. It also plans to increase group turnover from around £3.5m to £7m over the same period.IFA Helm […]

Profits slide at Widows

Scottish Widows&#39 financial performance helped cast a sha-dow over Lloyds TSB&#39s interim results, with the subsidiary&#39s profits dropping £114m to £194m.Scottish Widows Investment Partnership added to the woes with a loss of £1m from a £6m profit at the same time last year.The results show that Scottish Widows&#39 profits dropped to £194m from £308m, with […]

Julian Gibbs

The Far East excluding Japan is my nap selection for the best-performing sector over the next year.This is for several reasons. First, when the US economy recovers – and it looks likely to grow by nearly 4 per cent next year – the Far Eastern economies and stockmarkets will recover even quicker. Second, growth rates […]

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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