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Premium Bond Rate Cut

Premium Bond Rate Cut

In a move that will affect many expat savers, National Savings & Investments (NS&I) has announced that it is cutting the Premium Bond prize fund rate to 1.3% from next month to reflect lower interest rates across the savings market. This 0.2% reduction means that if you hold Premium Bonds, the odds of each £1 […]

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What is a UCIS?

UCIS stands for Unregualted Colletive Investment Scheme. They are funds that are not recognized or authorized by the UK Financial Services Authority. They are not subject to investment and borrowing restrictions aimed at ensuring a prudent spread of risk and as a result they can be less liquid than typical funds. Most UCIS do not offer […]

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Axiom Legal Financing Fund Suspended

The Axiom Legal Financing Fund, a specialist Cayman-domiciled fund which provides short-term finance to UK law firms, has suspended redemptions until further notice. The three-year-old fund with GBP117 million under management, blamed the need to suspend subscriptions and redemptions on adverse allegations promulgated by an article in OffshoreAlert. The fund’s directors have commissioned KPMG Grand […]

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Generali Vision – Cooling Off Period

If you have signed up for a Generali International Vision plan, you are entitled to a “Cooling Off” period. If, for ANY reason you no longer wish to go ahead with the policy, you can cancel it during this period. The cooling off period starts on the day the policy commences and lasts for 30 […]

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Week in Focus – 24th September 2012

Food for Thought Are we on the cusp of a world food crisis? It may seem a dramatic question but it is also a pertinent one for a number of reasons. A recent report by Rabobank suggests global food prices will reach new highs by the middle of next year. This has widespread repercussions – […]

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News from EEA Life Settlements Fund – September 2012

EEA Life Settlements sent out a further communication to clients at the start of this month (contact us if you hold this fund and didn’t receive a copy and we can forward one to you). The gist of the communication is that they appear to be getting closer to reopening the fund to dealing and […]

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Third Time’s a Charm

Market Update – Week Commencing 17th September 2012 In the end it was not Germany’s ratification of the European Stability Mechanism that ignited markets last week but another round of quantitative easing (QE). Risk assets rallied on the back of the US Federal Reserve’s announcement it was to buy $40bn (£25bn) of mortgage-backed securities every […]

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Light at End of Tunnel for Dubai Real Estate Investors

Light at End of Tunnel for Dubai Real Estate Investors

If you are one of the many Brits who invested in Dubai real estate, only to subsequently find the value of your property massively under water, then this may come as good news. Land and property transactions in Dubai increased by 21% in the first half of this year compared to the first half of […]

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Weekly Market Review – Third time unlucky

The UK economy has dipped again, prompting economists now to speculate about a ‘triple-dip’ recession. This would come next year, the arguments runs – potentially after a Greek exit from the euro – and would threaten the UK’s coveted AAA rating. Should investors be worried? The second quarter’s 0.7% decline in GDP was far higher […]

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