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Investors say union will bring 'relief' to markets

19 September 2014 | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

But some industry experts warn of more turbulence to come for sterling, economic growth and a possible postponed interest rate rise as political uncertainty over devolved powers looks set to continue.

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Lee Robertson: The Ayes don't have it

19 September 2014

I am incredibly proud of the way the political debate was so energised by both sides and truly believe British politics will be the better for it going forward.

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The Platforum: Barclays is banking on a new platform

17 September 2014

The next phase of Barclays’ evolution will see it building its own platform technology with FNZ

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Ardevora's Monaco: Cognitive psychology and the Scottish referendum

16 September 2014 | By Gianluca Monaco

The No campaign has been relying heavily on what is known in psychological terms as loss aversion: we tend to suffer more from losses than we take pleasures from gains, so that in general we tend to be rather risk averse and change averse.

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'Regulatory unknowns' for HSBC as Woodford scraps holding

15 September 2014 | By Michael Berry

Woodford cites danger of more regulatory penalties but others see positives for the bank.

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Why past performance numbers don’t add up

28 August 2014 | By Amanda Newman Smith

Negative numbers from the financial crisis are dropping out of investment funds’ five-year numbers but what does this mean for investors?

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Profile: RLAM's Martin Cholwill on why cashflow is king and dodging the actuary life

11 September 2014 | By Michael Berry

Royal London manager Martin Cholwill’s UK Equity Income fund has collected £220m more cash than its nearest rival over the past year

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How much should markets read into the independence polls?

9 September 2014 | By Pamela Morris in Edinburgh

The affects of any individual poll may spark a short-term reaction but the results of the Scottish referendum could have a much longer-lasting impact on sterling and UK assets.

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Asset allocation: Skerritts backs biotech despite sell-off

9 September 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Skerritts head of investment Andrew Merricks is not afraid to stick with his conviction on biotech despite the recent sell-off in the sector.

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NIESR warns of costs to set up Scotland's currency 'plan B'

11 August 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Creating a lender of last resort could result in additional costs for Scottish financial institutions if the country opts to use sterling without Westminster’s agreement.

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How much attention should you pay to fund rating lists?

11 August 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Advisers are split on whether these lists should be adhered to in making recommendations to clients.

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The search for dividend growth continues

4 August 2014 | By Gary Jackson

British companies’ dividends rose at the slowest pace in over three years during the second quarter

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Trusts vs open-ended: How has UK property fared?

1 August 2014 | By Pamela Morris

The sector has been popular with investors so far this year but which vehicles are delivering the best performance?

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S&P research uncovers ‘overwhelming underperformance’ of active funds

31 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Sterling-denominated funds investing UK and European equities have beaten the index by much more comfortable margins than their rivals on the continent, although performance further from home was much more disappointing.

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Asset allocation: L&G opens up lines of Fed communication

31 July 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Legal and General Investment Management fund manager Justin Onuekwusi is looking to alter his asset allocation in preparation of a possible upcoming correction.

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Axa, Liontrust, Old Mutual and Premier funds fall off SPI's White List

28 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Four funds have been dropped from Sanlam Private Investments’ White List of UK equity income outperformers, to be replaced by offerings from Threadneedle, RBS, Fidelity and Invesco Perpetual.

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Biotech ructions push top-returning fund into risky territory

25 July 2014 | By Michael Berry

There are 15 funds in the IMA universe that score more than 200 on FE Analytics’ risk rating calculations, including the high-flying Axa Framlington Biotech fund which has made triple-digit returns in the past three years.

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Dawn of the biotech 'mega blockbuster'

25 July 2014 | By Michael Berry

Biotech’s rampant growth over the past few years is the recognition of IP written off by cagey investors post-credit crunch, managers say

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Which funds topped Bestinvest’s Spot the Dog list?

19 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Bestinvest has published its latest Spot the Dog report, highlighting 49 underperforming funds running £19.55bn in assets.

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Square Mile's top five UK funds for capital growth - and one to watch

17 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Square Mile Investment Consulting & Research has launched its Academy of Funds, which showcases all of the funds the consultancy is prepared to recommend to clients.

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Fund groups 'not proactive enough' as AIFMD deadline looms

14 July 2014 | By Michael Berry

Many alternative investment managers have left their AIFMD applications to the last minute with less than 100 fully accredited for the alternatives rules that take effect next week.

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What are the risks of Scottish independence for the UK market?

9 July 2014 | By Pamela Morris

What impact are some of the key questions including currency, economic stability and political risk likely to carry for the rest of the rest of the UK?

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Managers question future of ‘uninvestable’ UK supermarkets

4 July 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Fund managers and analysts doubt the investment case for large supermarket chains, with one declaring the sector “uninvestable” given the changes being seen in the industry.

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Why are investors rushing back to property?

4 July 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Property funds brought in some £2.16bn of net sales in the year to April 2014, compared to just £390m over the same period last year.

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Investors warned of performance drag from property fund cash inflows

3 July 2014 | By Michael Berry

Massive inflows into property are creating difficulties for open-ended funds to use cash, with large piles creating a drag on performance, Walker Crips says.

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New HMRC powers could trigger torrent of misselling complaints

3 July 2014 | By Tessa Norman

New powers which will see HMRC seize £7bn in disputed tax will trigger complaints against advisers, experts warn. 

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Brewin Dolphin’s three safer income ideas

30 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Global markets have continued their rise in recent months after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen reiterated her dovish stance and the European Central Bank unveiled its reflationary package of measures.

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Fund size warnings: Which funds are least correlated to sector giants?

27 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

A study of 516 UK equity funds by CBS pensions division The Pensions Institute concluded large funds tend to underperform small funds

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Fund managers buy ‘unloved’ utilities as turnaround looms

27 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Pan-European fund managers have been building overweights to utilities amid signs that the underperforming sector could be facing a more promising future.

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Behind closed doors: Why are fund managers agreeing preferential deals with platforms?

27 June 2014 | By Michael Glenister

Does shaving off a few basis points really prompt more investors to buy a fund? And in the race to the bottom, will the investment proposition suffer?

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Extra Isa allowance: Three funds to add to portfolios?

25 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

Some investors could be looking for new funds for their portfolios on 1 July, when the Isa tax-free limit rises to £15,000 following the overhauls laid out by chancellor George Osborne in the 2014 Budget.

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Which funds bucked the UK mid cap sell-off?

24 June 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Fundweb looks at the UK mid cap funds that have managed to beat the FTSE 250 index during the recent volatility in the mid cap space.

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Extra Isa allowance: Five UK stocks for investors across the risk spectrum

23 June 2014 | By Gary Jackson

The Isa tax-free limit is set to rise to £15,000 following the overhauls laid out by chancellor George Osborne in the 2014 Budget, meaning some could be looking for further investment ideas.

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What’s ailing UK mid caps?

20 June 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Equity managers have been rotating out of mid caps and into smaller companies and large caps but they are split on just what is driving the recent sell-off.

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Trust vs open-ended: How do UK equity income managers stack up?

17 June 2014 | By Pamela Morris

Have open or closed-ended funds been more successful at delivering returns for managers who oversee both vehicles in the UK equity income space?

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Standing up to the FCA: Has the regulator got it wrong on independence?

13 June 2014 | By Tessa Norman

Experts say the regulator’s guidance on independence is wrong and advisers are being urged to ignore it

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Back from the dead: Will the FCA resurrect simplified advice?

12 June 2014 | By Michael Glenister

Budget reforms could see the industry finally engage with simplified advice.

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Market volatility can precede big falls

Does volatility really capture risk?

6 June 2014 | By Michael Berry

Equity market volatility is down across developed markets as the slow and steady global recovery grinds on, accompanied by ever-rising share prices

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Saunderson House boosts property exposure for UK recovery play

2 June 2014 | By Jon Yarker

Wealth manager looks beyond equities to play the recovery

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Spotlight on charges: Fund groups urged to be more transparent on ongoing fund fees

30 May 2014 | By Sam Macdonald

Analysis has revealed the difficulties advisers are facing in trying to compare funds.

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