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MUFG Investor Services to acquire UBS Global Asset Management’s Alternative Fund Services business

MUFG Investor Services, the global asset servicing group of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, has reached an agreement with UBS Global Asset Management to acquire its Alternative Fund Services (AFS) business. “This transaction is part of our strategy to build MUFG Investor Services into an industry-leading administrator, both organically and through acquisitions,” said Junichi Okamoto, Group […]

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Miton’s David Jane: The end of the ‘Lower for Longer’ era

David Jane, co-manager of Miton’s multi asset fund range, discusses why the era of ever falling bond yields is now behind us We are now at best in a sideways range and more likely in a rising trend The power of the search for yield has driven credit spreads consistently lower as government yields have […]

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Pension Freedoms bring choice but also risk, says St. James’s Place

Ian Price, divisional director at St. James‘s Place, comments on the new ‘pension freedoms’, highlighting that the UK remains seriously underprepared for retirement: “Pension freedoms bring choice but also risk. The lack of understanding around the tax implications of withdrawing lump sums, is a potentially serious issue. There is a great deal that needs to be […]

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As we enter the Atlantic hurricane season UK P&I Club warns of the dangers of working on deck in heavy weather conditions

Working on deck in heavy weather conditions is dangerous, and should only be considered if essential to the safety of the ship and crew. Linda Wright, claims executive for UK P&I Club, reviews heavy weather incidents and suggestions for safer working in heavy weather. “Masters and owners have an obligation to provide a safe workplace. […]

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A World of Income Opportunities Awaits Us

4 June 2015 A WORLD OF INCOME OPPORTUNITIES AWAITS US Stephen Thornber of Columbia Threadneedle Investments and fund manager of the St. James’s Place strategic managed fund says: ECB QE makes shares an attractive option for income investors compared to bonds Global dividends expected to grow in 2015 Investors should not constrain themselves to investing […]

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SuMi TRUST launches Japan Quality Growth Fund

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group (SuMi TRUST) with US$ £453 billion assets under management*, has announced the launch of the Japan Quality Growth Fund,  in response to the overwhelming  investor appetite for the newly launched JPX-Nikkei 400 index of Japan’s most profitable  and shareholder  friendly companies. A sub-fund of the SuMi TRUST Investment Funds umbrella domiciled […]

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UK Defence Club Strengthens Financial Position

The UK Defence Club, the leading provider of FD&D (legal costs) insurance to the maritime industry, announces its financial results for the year ended 20 February 2015.       Highlights: 3,700 ships covered by the UK Defence Club Total assets of £56.5 million Combined loss ratio of 94% Free reserves £28.4 million 167 million […]

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Tax relief could be in the firing line at the Summer Budget

With pension tax relief a possible target in the Summer Budget, Ian Price, Divisional Director Pensions of St. James’s Place advises higher earners to act now. “In the run-up to the general election, the Conservatives made a manifesto pledge that those earning above £150,000 would see the maximum level of annual contribution on which they can […]

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Artemis Monthly Distribution Added to The Adviser Centre Recommended List

3 June 2015 Artemis Monthly Distribution added to The Adviser Centre Recommended list Artemis Monthly Distribution is being added to The Adviser Centre as a Recommended fund. Gill Hutchison, Head of Investment Research, City Financial, comments: “We regard the fund as a strong proposition for investors seeking an attractive monthly dividend from a portfolio of […]

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Comgest Growth Europe Portfolio Manager Franz Weis Comments

3 June 2015 Does the weak euro matter? Franz Weis, portfolio manager, Comgest Growth Europe, comments: “The euro weakness has led to a substantial improvement of short-term reported earnings revisions. Over the past month, Europe ex-UK companies have witnessed positive earnings revisions second only to the vigorous Japanese upgrade cycle. This is a welcome boost […]

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