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.
There are some clear benefits beginning to emerge from the changes to income tax – mostly in favour of the chancellor I regularly find myself talking about tax planning in generic terms. And that is all good, but the generic has its roots in often granular specifics. That is certainly true when it comes to the […]
The Pensions Regulator has launched its first fraud prosecution over a Preston-based accountant suspected of stealing money from client pension funds. Accountant Roger Bessent is accused of transferring over £200,000 into his personal account and accounts of companies he controlled. Some pension scheme funds were also transferred from the Focusplay Retirement Benefit Scheme, a sponsoring […]
Boosting the slow rate of growth of the average pot size on advised platforms requires an “extraordinary and sustained” increase in defined benefit transfers, according to The Lang Cat. In its seventh annual platform guide the consultancy says most platforms have an average client pot size ranging from £100,000 to £200,000. It points out the average case […]