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Scottish Provident – Self Assurance Critical Illness Cover update

Scottish Provident – Self Assurance Critical Illness Cover update

Update: Multiple sclerosis definition improved to ABI+, enabling pay out after three months rather than six months, accident hospitalisation cover and cover for third degree burns



IT discounts paying off for Vanbrugh

Hawksmoor’s Vanbrugh fund is taking advantage of the discounts in two investment trusts that take different approaches to technology. Vanbrugh holds the private equity investor trust, which invests in specialist venture capital funds and limited partnerships that invest mainly in early-stage to pre-flotation IT companies in the US. The trust recently announced a tender offer […]

Riddell rubbishes emerging market ‘safe haven’ claims

The view that emerging markets are safe havens is “dangerous” and “complete rubbish”, according to M&G bond fund manager Mike Riddell. Speaking at an M&G investment briefing in London last week, Riddell, who runs the £74m M&G international sovereign bond and the £374m M&G index-linked bond, said emerging market debt recently gained favour as a […]

The Business of Advice

The recent debate on fees related to annual investment performance raises some important issues around adviser charging. The argument for fees linked to performance is that clients like the concept of rewarding success and penalising failure, the case against is that investments are for the long term so linking fees to short-term performance is asymmetrical. […]


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