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Standard & Poor&#39s Micropal Top 10

There was little change in the unit trust top 10 th, with Artemis UK

special situations still holding on to the top spot despite its 12-month

return falling to 32.84 per cent from 35.03 per cent.

Schroder institutional Canadian fund dropped out of the unit trust top 10,

replaced with the Schroder US smaller companies giving a return of 15.58

per cent over 12 months.

Average returns on unit trusts are still in negative territory at -16.84

per cent over the past year.


Britannia follows base rate cut with 5.14% fixed deal

Britannia, the UK&#39s second-biggest building society, is offering a newfixed-rate mortgage for first-time buyers and remortgages. The loan is fixed at 5.14 per cent for two years up to 75 per cent loan tovalue and at 5.34 per cent up to 95 per cent LTV. After the fixed period, the loan reverts to Britannia&#39s variable […]

Henderson predicts upturn in US by end of year

The US economy will begin to recover in the second half of this year, with Europe and Japan following in early 2002, according to Henderson Global Investors.The company&#39s analysts say that although the US, Japanese and European industrial sectors are experiencing their first synchronised downturn since 1982, it will stop short of global recession.Henderson&#39s technology […]

Business announcements less negative, says KPMG

The downturn in the UK economy may not be as bad as some analysts fear, according to figures compiled for KPMG by Mandis Information Services which shows fewer profit warnings being issued.Negative announcements across 21 sectors of the UK economy for the first six months of 2001 fell by 22 per cent compared to the […]

PIA suspends two IFA firms

The PIA has suspended IFA Vital Financial Services of PO Box 4012, Byron House, 10-12 Kennedy Street, Manchester from soliciting or conducting investment business because it is unable to meet the regulator&#39s financial services requirements. G.T. Mortgage Services of Sinfin District Centre, Arleston Lane, Sinfin, Derby has also been suspended by the PIA because it […]

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