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Torquil Clark cautious welcome for comparative tables

Torquil Clark is welcoming the FSA&#39s comparative tables which went live earlier today, but is concerned on the tables&#39 lack of information on past performance and investment risk.

Pensions development manager Tom McPhail says: “While we are very pleased to see the FSA taking these steps to educate consumers, we do not believe that the tables will be any substitute for good quality independent financial advice.

“The tables do not include any information on past performance, investment risk or the investment strategy pursued by the fund managers, these factors should be fundamental in deciding what Isa to invest in.”


Close Business Centre Capital eyes up property

Close Business Centre Capital, a division of Close Brothers Investment, has kicked off with its first product, the Fareham fund.Fareham is a unit trust that will invest in a commercial property and is aimed at investors who are looking for income over the medium to long term. This can include people approaching retirement and owners […]

Newcastle locks capital safe

Newcastle Building Society is reaching out to investors who like a bit of reassurance with the capital safe bond.Capital safe is a guaranteed equity bond aimed at cautious investors who want to invest in the stockmarket and are reassured by the fact the bond comes with a capital guarantee.Over its five-year term capital safe will […]

What providers think of Sandler

BRITANNIC ASSET MANAGEMENTMeans test for free adviceBritannic Asset Management is calling on the Government to provide free financial advice to the public on a means-tested basis in its response to the Sandler review.It believes controlling pricing structures through Cat-standard Isas and stakeholder is not the way to achieve the Government&#39s aims of improving levels of […]

Zurich and Killik link to offer US-style wrap deal

Zurich Financial Services is teaming up with Killik & Co to target the wealth management market with the first sterling-based US-style wrap account.Killik-owned Seven Investment Management will offer Zurich&#39s high-net-worth clients an individually tailored wealth management service for a single fee that covers all costs of brokerage commission and stockbrokers&#39 charges.In the US, wrap accounts […]

Europe: Volatile share prices create opportunities for long-term investors

Mark Page and Laurent Millet, managers of the Artemis European Opportunities Fund, look at why, how and where fluctuations in European markets can generate opportunities for their fund. When asked what the stock market would do next, John Pierpont Morgan is reported to have replied that “it will fluctuate”. His (apocryphal) answer proved accurate. Over […]


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