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Second-quarter growth was stronger at 1.2%

The Office of National Statistics has revised UK GDP growth for the second quarter from 1.1 per cent to 1.2 per cent.

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Breaking point for ABI

My initial reaction when I read that the Association of British Insurers has advised the Government that the industry is not capable of running auto-enrolment included some colourful language which is not appropriate for the pages of Money Marketing. Having had the chance to reflect on the matter, I have concluded this should be seen […]

Baillie Gifford renames British 350 fund and switches manager

Baillie Gifford is renaming its £105m British 350 fund as UK equity alpha and bringing in its head of UK equities Gerald Callahan as manager, replacing Iain McCombie. The manager is to run a concentrated portfolio of 25 to 35 stocks, targeting a total return in excess of the FTSE all share. Under McCombie the […]

FSCS says it has not reached Keydata verdict

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme says it has yet to decide whether savers who invested in Lifemark through Keydata will qualify for compensation. The Financial Mail on Sunday last week reported that the FSCS is likely to rule out compensation for the 23,000 investors who invested £349m in Lifemark’s traded life settlement bonds through Keydata […]

Europe outlook: Greek gridlock and Italian banks

By Rob Burnett, Investment Director, Head of European Equities As investors await a resolution of Greece’s repayment difficulties, we anticipate a period of consolidation in the European market over the next few weeks. Our base case is that the Greek government and the European Central Bank (ECB) will come to a solution, particularly given the […]

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