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Asset Allocation: BlackRock’s Justin Christofel shifts to ‘less demanding’ European equities

BlackRock’s fund manager Justin Christofel is another believer in the European equities story but is cooler on UK and US stocks. In his co-managed £76.8m Global Multi-Asset Income Fund he has shifted marginally out of US equity exposure into European equities, where valuations are “less demanding”. “Equities are a bit more attractive in Europe than the US […]

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Regulatory costs force Norfolk advice firm to close

Regulatory costs have been blamed for the closure of a Norfolk IFA just days after advisers saw their FSCS levies almost double to £100m. In a statement on its website, Norwich-based advice firm Taylor & Taylor says regulatory changes have made continuing as a business unviable. It says: “We very much appreciate the support provided […]

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Scottish Widows sells offshore business to RL360

Scottish Widows has sold its offshore life business Clerical Medical to investment group RL360. Clerical Medical has been running as a closed business since March 2012 after Scottish Widows parent Lloyds Bank moved to refocus on core UK banking and insurance operations. The business consists of around 24,000 policies, with over £5bn assets under management, […]

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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 […]

Are your clients taking enough risk to meet their pension goals?

Robin Geffen, Fund Manager & CEO An over-reliance on ‘low volatility’ products could be seriously limiting returns for investors saving for retirement. Whilst risk awareness is vital in portfolio construction, in our view the biggest risk to pension savers is not portfolio volatility; it is the very real risk of a retirement funding shortfall. View […]

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