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Securitisation debut

Yorkshire Building Society has entered the securitisation market for the first time with a £750m issue. The pool, rated AAA by both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, is backed by prime, owner-occupied mortgages originated by YBS subsidiary Accord Mortgages. YBS will retain £350m of the class A notes, with 3400m worth of notes being made available to outside investors.


Lloyds prepared to list 600 branches if bids fall short

Lloyds Banking Group says it could spin off some of over 600 of its branches and list them as a new British bank if an auction does not offer high enough bids. The Daily Telegraph reports that the bank is operating  “dual-track” process but that a sale is still the most likely outcome. A Lloyds […]

Ron Gillies quits Cofunds for Renaissance

Cofunds head of strategic relations Ron Gillies has left to join Guernsey-based Renaissance Asset Managers as director of UK distribution and head of UK sales. Renaissance is a specialist in emerging and frontier markets with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Central Asia. Gillies, who was previously sales director at Fidelity FundsNetwork, […]


FSA names six accredited bodies

The FSA has published the names of the six professional bodies it is likely to grant accredited body status. In its quarterly consultation paper published today the FSA names the six bodies it intends to grant accredited body status as the CFA Society of the UK, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, the Chartered […]

Brookes: ‘We may see an inflation scare’

Cazenove considering switch to cash for multi-manager funds

Cazenove head of multi-manager Marcus Brookes is considering raising the cash weighting across the multi-manager range in order to capitalise on volatility in the markets. Brookes says he is looking at increasing the cash weighting in the diversity income, diversity, tactical and balanced funds, which currently have cash weightings of 8 per cent, 18 per […]


Guide: how to change your auto-enrolment support

As we approach the two-year milestone of auto-enrolment, employers have had the opportunity to truly assess the capabilities of their chosen support. They are also now realising that getting to the staging date was the easy part, and that support is required for almost every aspect of the day to day running of their scheme. With the three-year re-enrolment window coinciding for many with the total removal of commission and Active Member Discounts from pension-related products and services, as well as the introduction of the pension charge cap in April 2015, many employers will have no choice but to review their support options. But, what is involved in transitioning your auto-enrolment scheme away from your current support options? This guide from Johnson Fleming aims to outline some of these key areas and provide information and discussion points on what you need to consider.


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