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“I am sure it will in due course but it is quite a body blow at the moment.”Colin Studd, Chartway Financial Management

“Yes. These shocks tend to smooth out over time. It will be a blow for these particular funds, as IFAs may eschew them for a while, but history shows that performance is not just dependent on the fund manager. It does have good teams around, which should help smooth it out, and ABN is a strong organisation.” Arthur Childs, Arthur Childs Financial Services

Yes, I think it will. It has been fairly reputable over the last five years and I can see it continuing to be a market leader.” Graham Dyckes, Global Financial

“It is sad they are leaving but, hopefully, it will be able to find suitable replacements.” William Garrard, Blue Shield Investment Services

“No, it is a massive scale down on its retail equity arm. It looks like bad news for ABN Amro.” Kalp Shah, Bond & Stein

“I do not see any reason why it should not. There should be sufficient quality within ABN for it to continue to provide a good service.”

Simon Larkin,Park Caledonia Associates

“Yes, if it wants to. It is a severe setback but ABN Amro has the cash to go out and buy an up-and-coming, glamorous fund management team and a year to do so. This would create new excitement and reverse the current gloom.”Martyn Page,Misys IFA Services

yes 86%

no 14%


Henderson income plan enjoys its freedom

Henderson Global Investors has brought in the Henderson managed income plan, a portfolio management service that provides access to an actively managed range of Henderson fixed-interest funds and an equity income fund.The plan aims to deliver a yield of 7 per cent gross a year by investing in the institutional share classes of eight Henderson […]

Investors still expecting high returns despite market falls

Investors still expect unrealistically high rates of return from their investments despite stockmarket falls over the past two years, according to res-earch from Prudential.Almost one in 10 of the 1,000 investors questioned in late January said they believed a fair annual return on their investments was at least 8 per cent while almost 30 per […]

Going Dutch

While the UK market is considering the impact of the likely loss of polarisation in its financial services market, it is important to remember that some other countries have never had this regime. The Netherlands is a good example of an efficient and effective market that flourishes in a non-polarised financial world.Four different distribution channels […]

CML warning over Govt mortgage aid

Extending the qualifying period for state help with mortgage payments has cut Government spending but put homeowners in a more vulnerable position, says the Council of Mortgage Lenders.In its first study of the Government&#39s 1995 benefit reforms, which extended the waiting period for entitlement to assistance with mortgage interest payments, the CML warns that any […]

Flexible reversionary trusts and estate planning

The suitability of different estate planning solutions will depend on the individual’s own circumstances, needs and objectives. When considering the different solutions available there is a trade-off between inheritance tax (IHT) efficiency and access. Overall a flexible reversionary trust provides a greater level of flexibility than a discounted gift trust and can offer individuals a […]


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