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Standard & Poor&#39s Micropal Top 10s

Fund returns have continued to fall over the summer, with the average unit trust now down by more than 20 per cent for the past year. Govett US Bear continues to top the tables, reflecting the poor performance of US equity markets.

Corporate bond funds have been the best performers of the past 12 months, with five now inside the top 10. The corporate bond sector is now one of only four Autif sectors to have averaged a positive return over 12 months, the others being UK other bond, UK gilt and property.


Hollands calls for funds to stay open despite crisis

IFA BestInvest has called on fund managers not directly affected by yesterday’s attrocities to keep funds open and not suspend trading.Deputy managing director Jason Hollands says that the tragic loss of life overshadows all other concerns. But he is urging investors not to take drastic action that will crystalise losses.He also argues that despite massive […]

Premier takes trustee show on the road

Premier Portfolio Managers is running a series of roadshows about recent Government changes to the Trustee Investment Act, which it says provide a solid business opportunity for IFAs. Due to the updates to the Act last year, trustees are now obliged to take a more active interest in the value of the trust. The fund […]

Investment firms suspend trading following attack

Tens of UK investment firms have suspended trading across their entire fund ranges, following the terrorist attacks in the US on Tuesday.Fidelity’s FundsNetwork said it was suspending trading on its platform until US markets reopened. While Cofunds said it would continue to trade a limited number of funds.IFAs are advised to contact firms individually to […]

Fund firms want more supermarket start-ups

Fund managers are calling for more IFA fund supermarkets, claiming that providers and intermediaries would benefit from more competition. Fidelity&#39s FundsNetwork and Cofunds have dominated the IFA fund supermarket race, with only Skandia providing serious competition. While the direct market has been saturated with new entrants, Legal & General and Norwich Union are the only […]

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Global benefits predictions for 2015 from Jelf International

According to Doug Rice, managing director of international services, in 2015, managing their international duty of care will become an increasing focus for UK-based overseas organisations in both managing their short- and longer-term challenges. As a result, strong independent advice and innovative technological solutions will become more important than ever in managing their global benefits.


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