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Standard&#39s w-p fund has now dropped 24 per cent in equities and property

The equity and property component of Standard Life&#39s with-profits fund &#45 the equity backing ratio – has fallen by 24 per cent since the end of December.
Standard announced this week that it was slashing the EBR to 50 per cent &#45 massively cutting the fund&#39s exposure to equities and property, which had stood at 74 per cent. It is the first time for more than a year that the EBR has fallen below 70 per cent.


Sesame offers two network options for loan brokers

Sesame is offering mortgage brokers two regulated network options under mortgage regulation along with the opportunity to remain directly authorised while using its support services. Appointed representatives will be able to join Mortgage Select, which has a panel of lenders, or Mortgage Market, which covers every lender in the market. Procuration fees are higher for […]

Berkeley Jacobs is fined over pension unlocking

Berkeley Jacobs Financial Services has been fined £175,000 by the FSA for poor advice and misleading advertising of its pension unlocking service. The Rochester-based firm must also set aside £1m to compensate up to 5,000 consumers who were encouraged to use their cash for short-term benefits such as holidays and buying luxury goods. Berkeley Jacobs […]

Independent view

In the world of financial advice, what is set as policy has implications years down the line. It is even more difficult when we are not sure what future policy will be because it has not been clarified. Let me tell you a story which will demonstrate that there are present issues we need to […]

Standard Life Investments increases funds under management by 15 per cent

Funds under management at Standard Life Investments increased by 15 per cent in 2003 to £86.5bn at the end of the year. Worldwide investment sales are slightly down on last year at £3.3bn down from £3.4bn, but UK institutional business was up 23 per cent to £1.5bn while UK mutual fund sales reached £341m, down […]

The investment clock

While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]


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