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Technical articles | 01 Jan 2009
Elizabeth Holt argues that press and public relations works is more important than ever in a harsh economic climate.  Thanks to the near collapse of our financial system is at its lowest point in recent memory.  Many fear their money is no longer safe in the banks, their pensions ...
Technical articles | 01 Jan 2009
If you miss the 10 "best" days in any stock-market investment period, your returns will plummet.  Or so the theory goes.  Keith Robertson explains the importance of timing.  If you don't stay fully invested in equity markets then you are likely to miss the "best" days - that ...
Technical articles | 01 Jan 2009
In the 2008 calendar year the headline decline in the FTSE 100 was 31.3%, its biggest calendar year fall since the FTSE was born at the start of 1984. The broader FTSE Actuaries All-Share recorded a drop of 32.8%, its largest loss since 1974 - the year of the three-day week.
Legal digest | 01 Dec 2008
Pegasus Management Holdings SCA and another v Ernst & Young (a firm) and another: First instance (summary judgment) 11 November 2008. Mr Bradbury (the second claimant) received tax advice from Ernst &Young (E&Y). In April 1997 he sold his electronics business for a sum exceeding $150m. The consid...
Technical articles | 01 Nov 2008
These are unprecedented times for financial markets. Global financial markets have been terrifyingly volatile over the past couple of months and institutional and retail investors alike have been reducing their exposure to risky assets. Despite the bounce in major stock markets from an extr...
Technical articles | 01 Oct 2008
John Woolley and Tony Wickenden argue the importance of taking a balanced approach to the choice of investment wrapper.  There has been a lot of comment about the most tax-effective means of investing in the light of the Government's changes to capital gains tax (CGT), which took effec...
Technical articles | 01 Oct 2008
Is it possible to determing any client's true appetite for risk when it comes to managing an investment portfolio? Keith Robertson has his doubts.  The IFP's annual conference at the beginning of October was particularly interesting for practitioners concerned about investment risk man...
Technical articles | 01 Oct 2008
Kevin Pratt looks at how western insurers are deepening their involvement in burgeoning Asian economies.
Technical articles | 01 Oct 2008
Dave Butler says cool heads should prevail when assessments are made of the commercial property sector.  For many advisers the commercial property sector has become a no-go area.  Falls in the capital values of direct property funds have continued, following the downward movements...

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