Private investors bought £2.6bn of equities in August and September marking a reversal of the heavy selling of shares in the first half of 2006.Figures from Capita show that August and September are the first time private investors have increased holdings in equities since the beginning of the year.Between February and July this year, investors […]
Bless Newton and their efforts. With what can only be described as marketing genius, the fund manager sent out polystyrene model aeroplanes boasting “Income funds with less drag” across the body. The irony comes, of course, when the plane is launched into flight – or rather, a sudden drop, as the plane possesses absolutely no […]
Falcon parent Sumus has announced the appointment of Andrew Snowball as non-executive director.Snowball will remain as commercial director of Financial Services Advice & Support Limited, which was acquired by Sumus in September for £2m.Snowball says: “Becoming part of the Sumus group was a major strategic step for FSAS and I am delighted to be invited […]
HBOS is to embark on a multi-million-pound inv- estment drive over the next two years to boost its already dominant position in the intermediary mortgage market. The giant has pledged to pump £10m into improving services for brokers, in addition to its “business as usual” investment. It will be largely spent on improving technology to […]
What a difference six months makes. Speaking in September last year, we had warned of ‘excessive pessimism’ afflicting the market’s perception of India. Since then, responsible central bank policy from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), alongside improving global growth, has meant that India’s macro environment is strengthening quickly. The current account deficit has shrunk, inflation is falling and the government has embarked on a heavy dose of much needed fiscal consolidation. As a result, the rupee has been one of the strongest global currencies this year while the market has touched all-time highs, rallying by more than 20 per cent (GBP) since September. This begs the question: are we now in a period of ‘irrational exuberance’? Not yet.
Marmite and President Trump both sharply divide opinion, but you can ignore Marmite if you’d rather not put the glutinous, salty, black yeast extract on your teatime toast. As an investor you simply cannot ignore Donald Trump. Without wanting to give a running commentary of recent events, Trump’s actions continue to have an impact. The […]
Suggestions that secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey may no longer be committed to the delivery of the pensions dashboard project has caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth around the industry. Personally, I do not see the problem. This is the perfect opportunity for it to take back ownership and control of […]
81 per cent of over-55s would feel confident in taking out an equity release plan without seeking advice, research from Moneyfacts suggests. 44 per cent thought they have no need for advice, 29 per cent would not trust an adviser, and 8 per cent of respondents believe financial advice to be too expensive. In late […]