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Watchdog dismay at response to report

Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham says the Gov-ernment’s response to her July 2008 report on Equitable Life was “deeply disappointing” and provided insufficient support for the rejection of her findings of maladministration and injustice.

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After a three-year underweight to banks, John Bennett at Gam is beginning to buy back into the sector on his two European equity vehicles. The manager of the Gam Star Continental European Equity and Gam Star European Equity funds says banks will not be allowed to go bust, but will be bailed out by their […]

Gartmore appoints head of high yield

Kam Tugnait is joining Gartmore as head of high yield with responsibility for the High Yield Corporate Bond fund. He will run the £130.7m fund with Simon Surtees, although the group has not yet decided who will be the named lead manager. Surtees previously managed the fund with Karl Bergqwist, the co-head of the fixed […]

Tracker funds decline in popularity

After a surge of investment in the fourth quarter of 2008, net sales of tracker funds fell in the first quarter of 2009, according to quarterly statistics from the Investment Management Association.Retail sales of tracker funds in the first quarter saw an outflow of £31.7m, compared with an inflow of £279.4m in the fourth quarter […]

Inheritance tax and estate planning – exemptions and reliefs

By Kim Jarvis, technical manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team In this article we look at the main exemptions and reliefs that are available on death. Within the article, spouse also means civil partner.   Nil-rate band Under current rules, any part of the estate that falls within the available nil-rate band (NRB), […]

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