West Bromwich Building Society has launched a Shariah-compliant child trust fund in several of its Midlands branches. The Shariah baby bond will be invested in shares listed on the FTSE Global Islamic Index with management of the bond will be supervised by a Sharia advisory board of scholars.
IFA firm Prescient Financial Intelligence has just witnessed its 1000th client 16 months since its launch in August 2004. The firm, with offices in Exeter, Glasgow, London and York, employs a strategy of targeting small asset managers and discretionary fund managers that are lacking the financial services capability to provide Sipp and IHT solutions to […]
Unions representing 1.5 million local council workers are to ballot for strike action over plans to raise their retirement age from 60 to 65. These workers were excluded from DTI Secretary Alan Johnson’s deal with other public sector workers.
Three-quarters of intermediaries saw falling MPPI sales in the second half of last year, according to Paymentshield.Of the 100 IFAs interviewed, 40 per cent attributed the drop to external market forces such as a slowdown in the housing market. But regulation is also having an effect, with 39 per cent of advisers saying they have […]
Sainsbury’s responds to survey but no reply from Tesco, Asda and Boots after one month
The political uncertainty in Europe is not deterring the Artemis European Opportunities Fund, says manager Laurent Millet. There are still stocks, he tells Artemis’ Ross Leckie, which should thrive.
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