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Witan in deals with Lindsell Train and NewSmith

Investment trust Witan is handing two £100m mandates to active fund management boutiques Lindsell Train and NewSmith Asset Management after axing the Henderson UK enhanced index portfolio and Witan Marathon UK portfolio.

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Thinktank slams equality criticism of the Budget

A fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs has criticised the Equality and Human Rights Commission for pushing the Treasury to show it has considered the impact of the Budget and the spending review on vulnerable groups. Last week, the EHRC revealed it has been in discussions with the Treasury since the Budget, seeking reassurances […]

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