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Singer & Friedlander AIM VCT over-subscribed

The Singer & Friedlander AIM VCT has taken £16.5m, a million and a half more than its target.

The trust has already invested £700,000 in three companies, book retailer Methvens, IT training company Dalkeith Inns and software company XKO Group.

The net asset value has increased by1.5p a share, an increase of about £247,000 in the trust&#39s value.


NatWest Life issues warning over stakeholder

NatWest Life has expressed serious concerns over the Government&#39s stakeholder pension proposals.The life office has identified four key issues, compulsion, advice, taxation and governance, which it says needs to be addressed otherwise stakeholder will run the risk of failure.It says compulsion is needed because its research shows only one in 10 people intend to make […]

Mercer warns Government on annuities

Consultants William M Mercer has warned the Government that it cannot ignore the annuities question, in its response the stakeholder green paper.The author of the Mercer response Richard Malone says: &#34At the heart of the problem is the present need, in the majority of cases, to purchase fixed interest annuities at retirement.&#34The problems of annuities […]

Life cover for life

When someone mentions whole of life plans, most people will think of a niche product that serves as an inheritance tax planning tool for high-net-worth clients. And it’s really not surprising they’ve been pigeonholed in that waybecause before the arrival of RDR in 2013, that’s more or less exactly what they were. For advisers thinking […]


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