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“Yes. The idea is sound but whether it will be implemented by IFAs or not is another matter.”

Chris Moxon,CW Moxon & Co

“Yes. I don&#39t expect it will work but something has to be done over misleading ads.”

Pravin Bhatt,Bhatt & Associates

“Yes, but its success depends on whether people use it.”

Michael Rice,MJR Financial Services

“I don&#39t think it will make much difference either way.”

Robert Jefferies,R Jefferies Insurance Services

“Yes, I do support it.There certainly have been misleading ads in the past. If I saw one that was out of line, I would call up the hotline to protect myself and my clients.”

Paul Murphy,PPM Financial Services

“Yes, definitely. I believe the public must be given the correct information at all times and if an ad is unclear, unfair or misleading I have no problem with someone telling the FSA about it.”

Stephen Hughes,Tower Investment Financial Services

“If people are trying to mislead the public then frankly they ask for what they get. There are rules they need to abide by.”

Kenneth Ball,KJ Ball Financial Services

“Yes. I can think of advertisements that I have seen that are difficult for the consumer to understand.”

Mark Dubbins,John Critolph (Life Pensions & Mortgages)

Yes 88%

No 0%

Don&#39t know 12%


Mint targets advisers from rival networks

IFA network Mint is hoping to attract more advisers from rival networks, having already recruited at least 30. Mint, which was set up a year ago, presently has 81 advisers and chief executive Paul Gains says he hopes to recruit 50 new advisers a year. He says 25 of the 81 advisers came from Positive […]

Cavanagh Group gets £1.6m cash injection from Skandia and Friends after £1m loss

Skandia and Friends Provident are injecting a total of £1.65m into Cavanagh Group as the listed IFA strives for profitability after a £1m loss for the six months to April 30. Friends is paying £1m and Skandia the balance for newly-issued shares in the IFA which, despite boosting turnover from £2.4m to £4.9m during the […]

Myners&#39 probe to look at non-execs

Paul Myners&#39 report into the governance of mutual life off-ices will also look at the role of non-executive directors both in mutuals and prop-rietary life offices. The consultation, published last week, will examine the role of policyholders and regulation in the governance of mutual life offices and the structure of the UK mutual life insurance […]

Credit Suisse roadshows target multi-managers

Credit Suisse Asset Manage-ment&#39s multi-manager team is marking its third anniversary by going on the road in Sept-ember to talk about multi-manager investing. Multi-manager services joint heads Gary Potter and Robert Burdett will be hosting roadshows throughout Sept-ember analysing performance, discussing the investment and market outlook and talking about which managers they think will be […]

Apple: a stellar technology story

By Ali Unwin, head of technology sector research

Apple recently announced the highest-ever recorded quarterly net profit ($18bn), with the sale of 74.4 million iPhones helping the company deliver $74.6bn of revenue for the quarter ending December 2014. These sales were largely driven by strong demand for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Highlights included Chinese iPhone sales doubling year-on-year and unit growth of 44% in the US — supposedly a well-penetrated market. Apple ended the quarter with $178bn in cash on its balance sheet, having generated a staggering $30bn in free cash flow during the quarter.

At Neptune, we have been long-term believers in the Apple story, and continue to hold the stock in a number of our portfolios based on the company’s long-term growth prospects. This is predicated on our belief that Apple has proved thus far that it can — unusually for a consumer electronics company — maintain high margins for a sustained period of time, even as adoption of new technology slows down and competitors produce similar-specification products.


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