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  • Ethical investing no longer trade-off between returns and principles

    25 September 2018

    While the take up of ethical funds remains low, the latest statistics have shown leading ethical indices outperformed their non-ethical peers over the past decade. Despite the retail ethical industry launching 34 years ago, data from the Investment Association show funds with ‘ethical’ mandates now total £16.7 billion of total assets under management, representing...

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  • North-South investment advice divide

    23 September 2018

    Investment behaviours vary from North to South of the country, according to new research by Aegon.   While official statistics have underlined a North-South divide when it comes to wealth and income, Aegon’s research also showed investment strategies were also linked to wealth. Advisers in the wealthier South were found to place a higher...

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  • Octopus announces fund raising for Titan VCT

    20 September 2018

    Octopus Investments has opened fundraising for its Octopus Titan venture capital trust, targeting £120 million. The latest fundraising for the company’s flagship VCT follows a record-breaking fundraise last year when Titan raised £200 million. The VCT offers investors access to a portfolio of over 65 smaller companies, with a specialism in tech-driven businesses in...

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  • High expectation for VCT fund raising in 2018

    18 September 2018

    Venture Capital Trust (VCT) fundraising is set to fare well this year with investors continuing to look for tax-efficient alternatives to traditional pension savings, according to Albion Capital. The firm expects this year’s fundraising to be as successful as last year’s, which was the second highest on record, in part thanks to growing awareness...

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  • What impact the escalation of the US vs China trade war?

    18 September 2018

    As the trade wars escalate, Keith Wade, Schroders chief economist, says he can see no sign of agreement between the US and China and assesses the macro impact.  The US has announced tariffs on another $200 billion of imports from China, citing ongoing concerns over the theft of technology and forced transfer of intellectual...

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  • Global financial system still vulnerable

    17 September 2018

    Ten years on from the collapse of the Lehman Brothers, Jens Hagendorff, professor of finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School,  warns that the global financial system remains vulnerable.  Hagendorff cites increasing bond spreads in Italy, jitters in emerging markets and the low market valuations of European banks as evidence of investors continuing...

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  • Appetite for good causes investment growing

    16 September 2018

    There is growing appetite among UK investors for investments that support good causes and add value to communities.  According to a survey of 1,627 adults by Oaksmore ISA, the most popular responses were projects with green credentials (19%) such as green energy and projects which benefit the community, with respondents particularly favouring schemes in...

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  • Continued passive strategy could pose risks to investors and the economy

    16 September 2018

    Investors require a mix of active and passive investing and the recent trend towards passive investments could pose risks to individual investors and the economy, warns a new policy paper from Royal London. The group said trillions of dollars have flowed out of active investments and into passive funds since the financial crisis of...

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