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The Daley Update

Venture capital manager Seed Capital is set to launch its third Oxford technology VCT in February. The fund is looking to raise £10m and will be managed by the same team as the Oxford technology and Oxford technology 2 VCTs. Minimum investment is £5,000. Annual fee is expected to be 2 per cent, with an initial charge of up to 3 per cent. Commission is 3 per cent.

Former Chase de Vere director of savings & investment Graham Hooper has been appointed as new marketing director for IFA Holden Meehan. Hooper will look to build the national profile of the firm.

Rathbone chief investment officer Hugh Priestley is to relinquish the management of three of his five retail funds as he prepares for semi-retirement next year. The Rathbone Esk and Rathbone technology funds will both now be managed by deputy CIO Julian Chillingworth, while the Rathbone capital growth fund will be handed over to Carl Stick. Priestley will continue to manage the global companies and income & growth funds and is to remain working part-time for Rathbone after his 60th birthday next year.

Aberdeen has produced a free CD-Rom for IFAs, explaining the ins and outs of VCTs. The CD includes details of key facts on VCT investing, the tax advantages of VCTs, as well as an interview with manager of Aberdeen&#39s growth opportunities VCT Bill Nixon.


PHL expands sales team

Platform Home Loans is appointing Richard Beardshaw as Southern regional sales manager, packaged business, following over two years as North East business development manager.PHL is also appointing Mark Hayman as Southern regional sales manager, corporate accounts, and Richard Daibell as North East business development manager. Hayman joins from Bristol & West where he was business […]

The Department for Work

The Department for Work and Pensions plans to provide face-to-face advice to pensioners about retirement planning. The advisers would refer any inquiries about personal pensions or other products to websites or financial advisers.But the move may do little to assuage the anger of many pensioners, pictured here demonstrating near Parliament last week, who believe the […]

Why should I pay for Equitable?

The continued press coverage of Equitable Life is now starting to leave a bitter taste in my mouth. I have offered guidance to many Equitable policyholders but surely the latest suggestions in the press cannot be justified.Why should I, not only as an IFA but also a taxpayer, pay for the failings of both the […]

Regulation bucks stops with Kenmir

David Kenmir is the director with responsibility for over 7,500 authorised investment firms which operate in the UK financial service arena.The buck stops with him when it comes to the regulation of not just IFAs but fund managers, second-tier investment banks and stockbrokers.He is also answerable to managing director Carol Ser-geant for the FSA&#39s themed […]

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The politics of healthcare

Healthcare is already one of the key battlefields in May’s general election, with each of the main parties committing to deliver improvements to the NHS and public health.


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