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Investec UK Alpha fund added to Recommended list

The Adviser Centre Bulletin: The Adviser Centre has added the Investec UK Alpha fund to its Recommended list. Gill Hutchison, Head of Investment Research, City Financial, comments: “We have decided to add the fund to our Recommended list at this early stage because of our view that there are relatively few large-cap biased, benchmark-aware funds […]

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Euromoney Indices introduces new sub index for HSBC Global Asset Management

Euromoney Indices (EI) has been appointed as calculation agent for a new sub index, the HSBC Economic Scale Index World ex Canada & USA. The sub index is part of the HSBC Economic Scale Indices and its master index – the HSBC ESI Worldwide –  is replicated by the HSBC ESI Worldwide Equity UCITS ETF. […]

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Mr Kuroda is holding back his final weapon of additional stimulus

– comment from Genzo Kimura, SuMi TRUST following the BOJ’s revised inflation outlook “Today’s comments suggest that Governor Haruhiko Kuroda would like to avoid providing additional stimulus. As long as the stock market remains healthy, it is clear that Mr Kuroda would prefer to preserve this final weapon of QQE. Nonetheless, markets expect further stimulus […]

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The Eurozone’s troubles are far from over

says, Abi Oladimeji, head of investment strategy at Thomas Miller Investment: “There are a number of important positive elements to the ECB’s decision. First, the announcement met, and arguably, exceeded market expectations in terms of the size of the planned asset purchases. Also, linking it to the path of inflation suggests a potentially open-ended programme—although […]

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Strong US dollar and weak oil price to boost Europe’s corporate profits

Dividends will grow in 2015, boosted by corporate profits Selective investment opportunities in euro crisis countries, particularly outside the financial sector Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Turkey also attractive for income investors Comment from Carlo Capaul, Head of Global Equities at Swiss & Global Asset Management The strong rise in the US dollar and the […]

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“Greece is the biggest threat to the future of the Eurozone not deflation”, says Andrew Herberts, Thomas Miller Investment

“Don’t be too afraid yet of the bogeyman which is known as deflation. It is often talked about as being destructive of economic growth and whilst there are plenty of negatives when deflation becomes engrained, the right form of temporary deflation can be healthy.  Short term commodity based deflation will help make consumers feel better […]

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User Experience at Heart of Pershing’s New Portfolio Reporting Design

Pershing Limited, a BNY Mellon company, has introduced its new portfolio reporting template. The redesign will allow its wealth manager and adviser clients to offer clearer, more comprehensive and intuitive individually-branded documentation to end investors. The key features of the new valuation reports include: 20+ page colour-coded booklet presenting information ranging from portfolio breakdown to […]

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“Confusion will result in high level of mis-selling” warns Katherine Dandy, partner at Sackers

“The difficulty with the impending pension reforms is that there isn’t one message that fits all. The new freedoms being introduced in April may well be beneficial to some, but careful consideration should be taken around drawing money straight out of a pension pot. These reforms have been introduced too quickly and come at a […]

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UK commercial property to produce double digit returns in 2015

Andy Brunner, Investment Strategist at Morningstar OBSR, says: “The fundamentals for UK commercial property suggest returns from the asset class could exceed 10% for a third consecutive year in 2015. Commercial property offers a very high starting yield, the prospect of solid capital growth and a pickup in rental growth in the year ahead. “Income […]

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Protecting businesses from fraud in 2015: what every business needs to know

John Marsden, identity and fraud expert at Equifax, comments on how businesses can tackle fraud and the measures that should be taken to prevent it in 2015: Fraud risk to bottom line “Identity theft poses a huge risk to the security and bottom line of all companies. It is therefore important that business leaders and […]

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