October 2018


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  • Inflation at 2.3% – time for cash savers to take more risk

    21 March 2017

    Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell looks at the impact of CPI hitting 2.3%. Inflation exceeded the Bank of England’s 2% target for the first time since November 2013 with both CPI and the new CPIH measures hitting 2.3% in February. CPIH, which includes owner occupier housing costs, is now at its highest level since September...

  • Key facts from the Spring Budget 2017

    8 March 2017

    Highlights from Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget speech. The Chancellor Philip Hammond commended his Budget to the House of Commons as one providing a strong and stable platform for Brexit negotiations, underpinning the “continuing resilience of the UK economy” with growth expected to be higher and borrowing lower than forecast in November and “making Britain...

  • Bond yields react to economic optimism v political pessimism

    28 February 2017

    Bryn Jones, manager of the Rathbone Strategic Bond Fund, assesses the divergent views on the current political and economic situations and how they are affecting bond spreads Better-than-expected UK GDP growth, as well as higher anticipated inflation has helped drive gilt yields higher during the past few months. UK growth was revised up to 2% for 2016, making...

  • Woodford set to launch Income Focus Fund on 20 March

    24 February 2017

    Woodford Investment Management will launch the CF Woodford Income Focus Fund on 20 March 2017 with a fixed offer period*, subject to regulatory approval. The firm said that in response to increasing investor demand for high-quality income streams, the fund would have an investment objective for high income generation together with capital growth. The...

  • Sanlam releases study of UK equity income funds performance

    14 February 2017

    Sanlam Private Wealth has released its half-yearly Income Study, highlighting the funds most successful at producing income for investors over the long term and which have generated strong returns regardless of market conditions. The study has been running for more than 20 years and is a quantitative assessment that reviews and monitors the performance...

  • Risk modelling capability will be “game changer” for structured products

    9 February 2017

    New regulation and developments that will give structured products comparable risk ratings with funds, will create a more even playing field when adviser firms are constructing client portfolios, Investec Structured Product’s Colin Brockman tells Rob Kingsbury. Developments in the market look set to align over the next year to enable structured products to be...

  • FP Miton Income Fund moves to quarterly payments for investors

    6 January 2017

    Miton is moving the FP Miton Income Fund, managed by Eric Moore, to quarterly income distribution payments, with a view to providing investors with a more regular source of income, the company says. Currently, the fund distributes income twice a year, on 30 November and the 31 May. From 2017, income will also be...

  • Safe rate drawdown: Is 4% still the magic number?

    27 December 2016

    A recently published white paper by Investec Structured Products looked at the ‘safe’ rate of drawdown and sustainable spending in UK retirement. Here we look at some of the main findings.  In a white paper Investec Structured Products has delved into thes ground-breaking research of William Bengen and others, into ‘safe withdrawal rates’ for people withdrawing...