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Vodaphone: record £4bn profits

Virgin Direct claims Vodafone&#39s announcement of record £4bn profits

demonstrates why blue-chip stocks are an investor&#39s best bet for the long


It says the results support recent research by Stirling University which

concluded that blue-chip stocks look set to be the best long-term


The study found economies of scale enable big firms to operate more

efficiently and be best placed to take advantage of technological

developments. Big firms find it easier to raise funds for long-term


It also concluded that while all firms can expose themselves to high

levels of risk, it is big firms which take most action to hedge against

risks. This has the knock-on effect of increasing growth rates.

Virgin Direct spokesman Gordon Maw says: “These results are good news for

tracker investors and illustrate the ability of blue-chip stocks to deliver

year after year. The UK&#39s top three companies are now hugely diversified

world leaders and cannot be ignored by investors. We believe an All Share

tracker fund is the perfect portfolio for long-term growth, with a hefty

helping of the UK&#39s biggest and best mixed with a spread of smaller



Tories hold on to IFA lead

Most IFAs voted Conservative in the general election but younger IFAs are turning to Labour, according to an exclusive poll of IFA voting habits conducted by Money Marketing and Skandia. Thirty-five per cent voted Tory, 17 per cent Labour and 9 per centLibDem. The South-east has the strongest Tory support at 39 per cent compared […]

IFAs stick by Tories

IFAs are bucking national trends by backing the Conservatives, according to an exclusive poll conducted for Money Marketing and Skandia by H2B. The poll found that, nationwide, 35 per cent of IFAs votedConservative, 17 per cent Labour and 9 per cent Liberal Democrat. The poll, sponsored by Skandia in advance of its conference on the […]

CML revamps home-buyers guide

The Council of Mortgage Lenders is revamping and updating its &#39How to buy a home&#39 booklet, which gives guidance for home-buyers.The booklet provides information to help first time buyers understand the legal and practical considerations involved in buying a home in England and Wales. The section on mortgages explains the different products available, how interest […]

Baring targeting institutional cash with new funds

Baring Asset Management is offering a range of unit-linked life funds torun alongside its existing Oeic range for institutional investors. The funds are aimed at both defined-benefit and defined- contributionoccupational pension schemes investing in pooled funds. The new funds will be invested through a branch of ING-owned Dutch insurerNationale-Nederlanden, which has been “passported” to the […]

William Littlewood “betting that QE won’t work”

Journalist Alexis Xydias interviews Artemis manager William Littlewood about his views on bond, equity and currency markets and the impact of a Greek exit from the EU. With bond yields at “ludicrous” levels, William believes a tipping point for bond markets is sure to come. As a result, his Strategic Assets Fund holds government bond shorts to the tune of 100 per […]


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