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Alice Watson, Stonehaven, comments on ERC Q3 figures

Alice Watson, product and communications manager, Stonehaven, comments on the ERC Q3 figures: “Equity release is fast becoming the runaway success story of the UK mortgage market. At a time when mortgage lending is easing across the general population, baby boomers who find themselves asset rich thanks to rising property prices but cash poor are […]

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Smaller companies offer great dividend potential – Gervais Williams, Miton

“Over the last 18 months investors have been increasing allocations to genuinely small stocks and are getting the best of the upside from companies that are standing on sub-normal valuations. Many of these companies are also benefiting from the ability to sustain growth at a time when the mainstream market is struggling somewhat. “Generally, smaller […]

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Menzies LLP: SME app-sellers should get on HMRC’s ‘MOSS’

Firms urged to register on Mini One-Stop Shop to prepare for new VAT rules on electronic services, broadcasting and telecoms James Llewellyn, Indirect Tax Manager at Menzies, comments on the 20 October 2014 introduction of the ‘Mini One-Stop Shop’ by HMRC to prepare for the new VAT rules which will come into effect in the […]

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Thomas Miller Investment appoints senior portfolio manager

Thomas Miller Investment Limited, a member of the 128 year old Thomas Miller Group of companies, has appointed Scott Baikie, as senior portfolio manager, to strengthen Thomas Miller Investment’s private client business. Scott joins from Adam & Company Investment Management where he was an Associate Director, having joined the firm in April 2006. With more […]

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New appointment boosts Hargreave Hale York team

Hargreave Hale has announced the appointment of David Clinkard to its investment management team based at the firm’s York office. David joins as an investment director from Brewin Dolphin, where he was a divisional director based in Newcastle. He has more than 28 years’ industry experience, having begun his career at Wise Speke as an investment […]

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Lack of corporate access is limiting opportunities for non-North American companies, BNY Mellon investor survey finds

43% of investor respondents rate existing corporate access levels to non-North American companies as average or poor; 60% of respondents say lack of access eliminates a non-North American firm from their portfolio universe North American investors say they need more and better access to non-North American companies to gain greater confidence or initiate a position […]

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Is the increased volatility in currency markets reflecting worries about future economic performance? – comment from David Jane, manager of Miton’s Multi Asset funds

“It is notable that there has been a recent increase in currency volatility. This can be seen most clearly outside the biggest currency pairs. Recent moves in the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar and Brazilian Real may be explained by a locally specific reason in each case but the sharpness of the moves may indicate […]

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Sackers: FCA must address indemnity and capacity for IGCs 

Helen Ball, partner at Sackers, responds to the FCA’s consultation on proposed rules for independent governance committees (IGCs): “Many of the proposed rules put forward by the FCA reflect procedures and processes which are already used effectively in the governance of trust-based schemes. These should all be familiar and workable in practice. However, issues of indemnity […]

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Non-Eurozone companies have outshone those in the Eurozone throughout 2014 – update from Euromoney Indices

A £10,000 investment across a broad range of non-Eurozone equities made on 1 January 2014 was worth £10,980 at the end of Q3 (a rise of 9.8%*), £555 more than an investment in Eurozone equities, which returned 4.25%, according to the Euromoney EMIX Europe Index Series. Denmark and Switzerland were the best performing countries up […]

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“Infrastructure is an important piece in the recovery jigsaw” – comment from David Jane, manager of Miton’s Multi Asset funds

“The importance of infrastructure investment in helping to boost weak global growth was highlighted in September’s G20 Communique. “Investment in infrastructure has been weak in many economies yet it is an important piece in the recovery jigsaw due to its ability to underpin sustainable economic growth. It tends to do this by improving demand in […]

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