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Sarasin Investment Management is launching a thematically managed investment fund. The EquiSar ex-UK global thematic fund will invest in predominantly blue-chip equities globally but will exclude investments quoted in the UK.

Cofunds has added Credit Suisse Asset Management and Perp-etual to its fund supermarket, taking the total number of funds to 265.

Lazard Asset Man-agement has appointed Kieron Launder as head of independent managed funds. He joins from Citibank.

Friends Ivory & Sime&#39s Baronsmead VCT2 completed 15 new investments in the 12 months to March 31. Dividends for the year totalled 3.9p per share, up from 3.2p last year.

US-based hedge fund specialist LJH Global Investments has opened a European office in London led by managing director Ronald Neumunz.

Govett Investments has set up two new tools on its website. The portfolio tracker allows IFAs to track the performance of an existing or constructed Govett portfolio while the illustration tool enables IFAs to calculate returns from investing in a Govett fund.


Conservatives vow to ease tax and regulation to aid small businesses

The Conservatives are pledging to ease the burden of tax and regulation as part of their small business manifesto, launched this week.The pledge comes despite a call by the party for all retail financial products and services to be regulated by the FSA as part of its financial services manifesto.The financial services document also commits […]

Julian Gibbs

Leading pension provider Skandia has launched a distinctive alternative to stakeholder pensions designed specifically for the IFA market. In the new pension environment,IFAs will need to prove genuine added value in recommending non-stakeholder products. This means it is very difficult for any company with stakeholder products to provide a compliance-proof pension arrangement for the IFA […]

IFA firm chief joins Torquil Clark

Former proprietor of the fee-based IFA Gee & Company Philippa Gee has joined Torquil Clark as relationship manager. Her responsibilities will include commenting to the press on investment and other financial issues.

Independent view

A funny thing has happened in the world of internet sales, they haven&#39t taken off – not to any extent anyway.Two years ago, we all trembled at the sight of and and thought “here they come”. We were told that the new economy would sweep all before it, and that we must move […]

Mark Page: why my biggest overweight stock is a discount Spanish retailer

Artemis European Opportunities Fund manager Mark Page is questioned about the merits of investing in Spanish supermarket group, Dia. Dia is a 7,000-store Spanish discount supermarket chain. But with cheaper food prices coming on to the market and an improving Spanish economy, journalist Alexis Xydias questions Mark about its inclusion in the Artemis European Opportunities […]


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