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SWIP to convert unit trusts to OEICs

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership is asking investors to approve proposals to convert its range of 74 unit trusts into 40 Oeics.

In a move it says would create a more focused fund range, SWIP will convert the funds in three stages from July if it receives the backing of 75 per cent of investors.

SWIP has also announced the departure of global marketing director Fiach Maguire, who has left the company by mutual consent.


Govett predicts US economy recovery

Govett Investments is predicting economic recovery in the US following its first quarter figures but says interest rates will rise. Govett’s US Opportunities fund manager Gil Knight says the Federal Reserve is likely to increase rates towards the end of the year but believes consumer spending will remain strong which will carry the economy well […]

Cliff Lockyer

Cliff Lockyer is aiming to challenge the traditional dominance of product providers by building Berkeley Berry Birch into a multi-channel distribution giant.He sees the end of polarisation as the catalyst for change which will give him the opportunity to set up a distribution network and establish a national brand.Lockyer describes his career in 10-year chunks: […]

Actuaries in plea for final-salary pensions

The Association of Consul-ting Actuaries is calling on the Government, the pension industry and employers to save occupational pensions.Speaking at the ACA&#39s dinner in London last week, outgoing chairman Mike Arnold said more imaginative solutions are needed to promote occupational pensions or pensioner incomes will have to be met through tax rises.He said there was […]

Staffordshire BS to close 9 branches

Staffordshire Building Society is closing nine of its 48 branches which it says are no longer economical to run. The closures taking place by August 3 are in north Wales and the Midlands where it says the number of customers has fallen as more people deal with their finances by mail, phone or email. But […]

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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