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R&SA Investments says active is best

Royal & SunAlliance Investments is claiming that current stockmarket means that active management is better than passive. UK Prime fund manager Mike Felton says the current environment requires an aggressive approach with a smaller portfolio that can move in and out quickly to take advantage of volatility rather than react to it. He says the market as a whole has camoughflaged the strong gains made by many UK stocks over the year. The UK Prime Fund has outperformed the Ftse100 by 10.79 per cent since its launch last year.

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Two longstanding directors are leaving Bankhall following Skandia&#39s acquisition of the IFA services provider. IFAengine managing director David Warnock is leaving Bankhall Group to pursue his career in another area of information technology, while Bankhall group compliance director Martyn Weaver also leaves.Skandia managing director Nick Poyntz-Wright says: “Both were founder members of the Bankhall business […]

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CP121 has quite rightly occupied most newsprint but CP132, the presentation of past performance and bond yield funds in financial promotions, is also controversial.I think the industry has played right into the hands of the FSA in asking for a slap on the wrists.It has been farcical to have companies advertising top performance over 45 […]

Boulger says lenders should offer compliance services

Lenders will cut the number of intermediaries they distribute through after the onset of FSA regulation in 2004, according to Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger.Speaking at the BSA conference last week, Boulger said lenders will be likely to deal primarily with bigger brokers they are confident will meet compliance requirements.He said mortgage clubs such […]

NU urges tax aid as firms axe pensions

Norwich Union is urging the Government to introduce tax credits to firms offering pension schemes after finding that an alarming number of private companies are planning to shut down schemes.It is calling on the Government to act after its research of 1,000 firms last month found that more than 10 per cent of employers plan […]

Partied out and penniless

December has left me destitute. My piggy bank lies broken and empty, my lunchtime meal deal feels like an extravagant expense and I’m down to the Bountys in my box of Celebrations. But I won’t mourn my dearly departed pennies. Between buying gifts for loved ones (then deciding to keep them for myself) to treating […]

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