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Credit Suisse Asset Management, ABN Amro and SG Asset Management are teaming up for a series of Isa season roadshows in January and February. The three groups will visit 16 venues around the country, starting in Nottingham on January 22 and ending in Tunbridge Wells on February 28. Speakers will include CSAM star income manager Bill Mott, ABN Amro star UK growth manager Nigel Thomas and SGAM joint chief executive officer Nicola Horlick.

New Star Asset Management is aiming to raise £25m through a share issue in preparation for an acquisition drive. The new shares will be made available at £150 a share to all shareholders who subscribed at £80 a share during the original private placing in April.

Franklin Templeton Investments is offering five new funds to the UK retail market as part of a new Dublin-based umbrella. The five funds – Franklin US equity, mutual shares II, Templeton EuroMarket growth, Franklin Japan and Franklin sterling corporate bond – are all replicas of existing Franklin Templeton Sicav funds or US funds.

The alliance and second alliance investment trusts have app-ointed Helen Weir as investor communications manager. Weir, 29, has more than seven years&#39 experience in the financial service industry, including six years at Brewin Dolphin,where she trained as a private-client stockbroker. She will be responsible for communications with the trusts&#39 investors, stockbrokers and IFAs.


&#39Fund supermarts will buckle under strain of growth&#39

The UK retail investment ind-ustry will not be able to sustain the rising number of fund supermarkets in the long term, according to a report by Datamonitor. The market analyst says the number of fund supermarkets will increase to 20 from 16 by the end of the year as companies including Legal & General, Norwich […]

IFAs call on Equitable clients to accept deal

Many IFAs are telling their Equitable Life policyholders to back the final compromise deal which will prevent the insurer from edging closer to insolvency. IFAs say the deal represents the best option for most but not all policyholders and will help to keep the company stable. They predict an exodus of policyholders from the company […]

Autif/FMA merger is set for February

The merger between Autif and the Fund Managers&#39 Association is set to go ahead on February 1, with the new body to be called the Investment Management Association. Autif director general Rich-ard Saunders will head the IMA as chief executive. Current Autif chairman, Standard Life Investment&#39s head of mutual funds Alan Burton, will chair the […]

IF – a loan application oddity

Bungle Busters is brought to you this week courtesy of Intelligent Finance – making a welcome return after first appearing in May – as a result of computer system problems. IFA CDG Financial Services director Chris Green says IF has had to repro-cess his self-employed cli-ent&#39s remortgage application four times because the internet and phone […]

Leading Edge – April 2017

There is little doubt 2017 will be a year of political uncertainty. Leading Edge is Royal London Asset Management’s regular review of investment markets. This edition explores some of the impacts that this uncertainty is having on investors, from the pitfalls of prediction within UK equity investing to the dangers of opting for convenience over […]


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