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Standard Life Investments moves to cash

Standard Life Investments is increasing its exposure to cash while waiting for better prospects in the equity markets later in the year. It believes the dollar has entered a period of weakness and that investors are generally looking for more diversification.

Standard Life Investments global investment strategist Ken Forman says: “Over the last couple of months we have reduced the risk of exposure to the dollar and the equity markets in our house view and increased the exposure to cash. We have reduced the degree of heaviness in UK equities and moved US equities down to neutral. We are still heavy in equities overall and we still expect to be rewarded for this over then medium term.”


Positively charged

It is some 18 months since I last looked in this column at the technology being used by Positive Solutions. In this time the firm&#39s registered individuals have more than doubled to over 500. It was no surprise to me last March when the company won the Money Marketing Award for the best use of […]

Saffron Walden mortgage arm buys £30m of Amber assets

Amber Homeloans has sold mortgage assets worth £30m to Saffron Walden Mortgage Services as part of its ongoing strategy to generate funds through portfolio sales.The Saffron Walden Herts & Essex Building Society subsidiary will take on the administration of the mortgage book built up by Amber, the specialist lending arm of Skipton Building Society.SWH&E BS […]

UK consumers could save £900 on life cover says Charcol

UK consumers could be wasting as much as £106m a year by not shopping around for the best rate on their life cover according to Charcol.By using an IFA to track down the best value rate rather than going direct, individuals can save as much as £900 each over the lifetime of a policy Charcol […]

Warburg warns life trio are FAR from strong

Investment banker UBS Warburg is casting doubt on the capital strength of Scottish Mutual, Clerical Medical and Scottish Widows and questions their ability to continue “business as usual”.The analyst&#39s report comes as Scottish Mutual says it is moving away from with-profits, which Warburg says could see its new business through IFAs dry up.The report on […]

Looking back at 2015

By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist 2015 was quite a year for pensions. Change, more change, and proposed changes to the changes. The Spring Budget – pre-election plans With everything that has happened since, it is hard to remember what happened in March. Following on from the bombshell of the 2014 Budget, the Chancellor confined himself […]


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