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SVM fund shows recovery in house building and property sectors

SVM&#39s UK Opportunites fund has showed recovery in various sectors in April including house building, property and telecoms and pub management. The £8.4m fund aims to achieve long term capital growth from a UK equity portfolio within the UK mid and small cap sector.

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ACA elects Adrian Waddingham as chairman

The Association of Consulting Actuaries has elected Adrian Waddingham as its new chairman. Waddingham, a founding partner of actuaries and consultants Barnett Waddingham, will take office from June 1st. He replaces Mercer HR Consulting worldwide partner Gordon Pollock, who had been in the position for two years. Waddingham is also vice chairman of the International […]

A consumer&#39s view

The revelation that high-street banks have been using an estimated £15bn lying in dormant bank accounts to boost their profits paints an unedifying picture of these institutions. Since the money quite clearly belongs to customers, why not do the decent thing and use it to reduce bank charges across the board or some other such […]

FSA Chief Executive calls for common sense from lenders

Speaking at the BSA Conference today, FSA chief executive John Tiner called for lenders to use common sense when assessing borrowers&#39 ability to repay mortgages. Tiner said lenders should be satisfied a borrower had sufficient income to meet monthly installments, not only at the beginning of a loan but also when rates normalise. He said […]

Pension edge

With a perfect storm of events – a litany of misselling scandals and stockmarket volatility – it is not surprising consumers are reluctant to commit to insurance company pensions for 30 to 35 years. This is true when the Government expects pension portfolios to grow at about 6 per cent a year before charges over […]

How to use wills to protect your clients’ wishes

March was Free Wills Month! Free Wills Month brings together a group of well-respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple wills written or updated free of charge by using participating solicitors in selected locations around England and Wales. Research by the Law Society* highlighted that only 64 […]

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