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Wells Street Journal: Sun and booze makes Friends Life lose

Something very weird happened to the stockmarket last week. It all started when Friends Life, the provider which has now been subsumed by Aviva, saw its share price plummet almost 6 per cent on the morning of 8 April. So what had caused this mass sell-off? Reports of jitters about the imminent mega merger? Or […]

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Profile: Old Mutual Wealth’s Carlton Hood on the right way to deliver vertical integration

If you meet Carlton Hood, Old Mutual Wealth’s customer director, don’t mention meerkats. Hood was chief executive of the price comparison website Confused.com when rival firm Compare The Market unleashed its popular ‘Compare The Meerkat’ advertising campaign in 2009. “That was the biggest challenge of my career,” he jokes. On a more serious note, Hood […]

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What would multi-party govt mean for financial services?

After months of campaigning the result of general election 2015 remains uncertain. Although many pollsters predict that the Conservatives will be the largest party, the closeness of the result may lead to both the Conservatives and Labour trying to form a Government in the coming days. What is certain is that we are heading for […]

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Housing market has ‘dodged a bullet’ after Labour’s election disaster

Industry experts have hailed the Conservative’s majority in the general election and say the housing market has “dodged a bullet” as the UK avoided voting Labour into power. The Conservatives achieved a comprehensive victory, winning 331 of the 650 seats being contested. Labour came second with 232 seats, followed by the Scottish National Party with […]

The Merchants Trust

Simon Gergel, portfolio manager, The Merchants Trust, Allianz Global Investors, discusses the aim and objective of the fund, what challenges there are in running a concentrated portfolio, where to find the most value in equity markets and how the portfolio is currently positioned.

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