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UK investors get cold turkey

UK investors are in a &#34state of cold turkey&#34 as they attempt to come to terms with the low inflation and low growth rates.

Baring Asset Management believes the UK corporate sector will fall into a battle for the survival of the fittest, with the largest companies coming out on top.

Baring&#39s UK equity fund manager Richard Buxton says the falling prices will boost real incomes, with consumers gaining at the expense of the companies.

To combat the decline in profits Buxton believes companies will endeavour to become the lowest cost producers and to grow their capacity. These economies of scale will lead to the mergers and consolidation with the stronger getting stronger and the weaker falling by the wayside.

Baring says knowledge will lead to a competitive advantage, it therefore recommends investing in stocks of pharmaceuticals, advertising, publishing, information technology and fund management companies.


Scottish Provident International special deal on top ups

Scottish Provident International is offering double allocation rates on top up premiums to its offshore savings plans.The special offer for existing customers applies to regular premiums into international retirement plan Momentum and its savings plan Quantum.New top ups to the existing plans will receive double allocation in the first month of the increase.The offer is […]

Punter Southall & Co acquires IFA

Actuarial consultancy Punter Southall & Co has acquired IFA Robarth Securites.The new advisory arm will be launched as Punter Southall Financial Management, headed by Robarth&#39s managing director Arthur Allison.The deal is expected to provide working capital and greater financial resources for the IFA practice.Prior to the acquistion Robarth had acted as financial consultants to Punter […]


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