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The Daley Update

Skandia is to offer a white-labelling facility for its multifund, multiPep and multiIsa supermarket. The service, launched next month, will allow IFAs to brand the Skandia platform under their own name and customise it to their own preferences. IFA clients can also enter the platform to monitor their portfolio and make fund switches.

Aberdeen, Invesco Perpetual, M&G and Schroders are starting their joint autumn roadshows in Glasgow on October 11, finishing in Gatwick and Chichester on October 19. Other venues are Edinburgh, Newcastle, Harrogate, Thetford, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Exeter and London.

Baillie Gifford has appointed Robert O&#39Riordan as investment trust liaison and development manager. He joins from execution-only stockbrokers Stocktrade, which he co-founded. He will be responsible for client services of Baillie Gifford&#39s six investment trusts.

Fidelity is to take to the road for a series of IFA presentations around the country this autumn. The roadshows will start in Belfast on October 5, ending in London on October 12.


Product Matters

Following many mainstreamlenders, Skipton has entered the non-standard lending market with its rebranded specialist, subsidiary Amber Homeloans.For those with mildly adverse credit, Amber has rates fixed until October 31, 2003 at 6.75 per cent (full status), or 7.25 per cent (self-certification).However, both feature a one-year ext- ended lock-in and other lenders, such as Bristol & […]

Fear of mass lender exodus from code

The mortgage industry fears a mass exodus from the mortgage code after N3 as lender concerns over high costs and crippling compliance procedures continue to mount.The Council of Mortgage Lenders has sent a letter – obtained by Money Marketing – to its members asking whether they will sign up to the mortgage code once statutory […]

Inside Edge – Tony Kempster

I&#39ll brain the next person who says to me: “What&#39s it like to be back at the Pru?”It is six years since I last worked for Prudential. In the meantime, it has changed beyond all recognition. Just over 10 years ago, in 1991, there were 9,500 direct salespeople and IFAs accounted for a bit less […]

Govett launches IFA marketing drive

Govett Investments has launched an IFA marketing drive for its Govett US Opportunities Fund.It says the fund which has just reached its three year anniversary has been top quartile in each year to date. Over the period it has provided a total return of 103.5 per cent compared with the average sector return of 28.5 […]

Sticking to valuation discipline when investing in China

Journalist Alexis Xydias discusses the opportunities – and potential pitfalls – of investing in China with Artemis fund manager Peter Saacke. With Peter holding significant positions in China in the Artemis funds he manages, journalist Alexis Xydias quizzes Peter on the risks of investing in Chinese stocks – including over-valuations, margin trading and financial reporting issues. Click here for video


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