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Standard & Poor&#39s Micropal Top 10s

A gradual recovery in the world&#39s equity markets is finally beginning to manifest itself in unit trust returns. The average unit trust return for the past 12 months has now recovered to -15.22 per cent, up by around 5 per cent from a month ago. Korean funds continue to dominate the top performers, accounting for three of the top five. Merrill Lynch gold & general and Govett US bear funds, which have sat consistently at the top of the tables for the past six months, make up the rest of the top five.


Legal & General – Protected Portfolio II

Wednesday, December 19, 2001.Type: Guaranteed equity bond.Aim: Growth by investing in 30 stocks from companies in the FTSE200.Minimum-maximum investment: £1,000-no maximum, Isa£7,000.Term: Five and a half years.Guarantee: Capital returned in full at end of term regardless ofperformance of underlying investments.Return: Capital returned in full along with up to 100 per cent of theaverage growth of […]

Time to reflect on stakeholder

Like most pension consultants, I do not have much time to write letters in the 1 per cent world, where profit has been cut and only volume can compensate.Perhaps that is why I have remained one of the silent majority looking on at the policies implemented by successive governments.This Government&#39s introduction of stakeholder has achieved […]

Julius statement in full

DeAnne Julius, the Bank of England economist and head of the Treasury review into Banking, has welcomed the Government decision to adopt her recommendation to regulate mortgage advice.DeAnne Julius says: “I am delighted with the Government&#39s decision to regulate mortgage advice. This was supported unanimously by our Review Group, because we felt it would help […]

Picturing 2001

In July, Bank of England economist DeAnne Julius&#39 published her long-awaited report into UK banking codes. The report criticised the Treasury for failing to regulate mortgage advice and called for the mortgage code to be strengthened. To the industry&#39s surprise, the Treasury has since handed the FSA responsibility for the regulation of mortgage advice and […]

Graphic content – December; the countries most exposed to a rise in protectionism

President-elect Trump has suggested withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and ending negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), albeit there is considerable uncertainty over what he will, or even can, do. If one of the main consequences of the election of Donald Trump is US protectionism, it’s worth considering who stands to […]


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