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Top Cat-marks

Low-charging funds generally offer better value, according to new research.

Fund analyst Fitrovia says Cat-marked funds, which charge a maximum of 1 per cent, have delivered returns on average 4.75 per cent better than higher-charging rivals.

Out of the 2000 unit and investment trusts surveyed only 39 were Cat-marked.

Norwich Union Investment Funds director of sales and marketing Mark Skinner says: “Total funds under management in Cat funds is now £9.29bn compared to £9.26bn last month, a net gain of over £300m. High value charges simply do not represent value for money.”


Hot tips for investment growth

Internet, technology and mobile phone company shares are this year&#39s hot tips, according to National Westminster.NatWest Stockbrokers head of research Jeremy Batstone highlights microprocessors specialists ARM Holdings as a top choice for 2000. Batstone says: “The shares have already experienced a meteoric rise, but ARM looks less expensive when compared to loss-making internet stocks on […]

Arise Sir Richard Branson

The controversial founder of Virgin Direct and scourge of IFAs Richard Branson has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year honours list.Branson, the scourge of IFAs since forming Virgin, is the most high profile financial services figure receive an honour. Honours which may find more favour with IFAs include a knighthood for the long-serving […]

Halifax direct bank Spring launch

The new Halifax direct banking arm is planning to launch this Spring.The bank is aiming to offer current and savings accounts, loans, mortgages and a credit card through the internet, digital television and telephone by May.Although the bank are yet to disclose its targets chief executive Jim Spowart says he expects early growth […]

SFE board reshuffle

The first woman director of Scottish Financial Enterprise has been appointed as a director of Edinburgh Investment Trust and the Royal Bank of Scotland.Eileen Mackay was previously a senior civil servant and a principal finance officer of the Scottish Office from 1992 to 1996. She also worked at the Treasury and the Cabinet Office.SFE chairman […]

Certification guide

Guide: how to… certify your pension scheme

Certification is highly complex and surrounded by a minefield of information and auto-enrolment jargon, which can make it very difficult to understand. However, for many employers it is a necessary process that must be executed successfully.


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