Feb 06, 2012

Mixed-chartNet retail sales of funds in the UK dropped by more than a third in 2011 to £18 billion (€22 billion), while funds under management declined 3% to £571 billion, according to the Investment Management Association (IMA). But despite the falls, net retail sales still beat the average of £13.8 billion from the past ten years.

Feb 03, 2012

Euro_equities_declineEuropean equities would drop in value by an estimated 20% if Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain (PIIGS) were to leave the eurozone, according to estimates from technology provider SunGard. The firm estimates EU banking stocks would be particularly hard hit and sustain a 25% loss, while global equities would also be severely affected with a 15% decline.

Feb 02, 2012

gold-bars1Pension schemes and sovereign wealth funds could push up the gold price as they increase allocations to the precious metal, according to HSBC's global head of asset allocation, Fredrik Nerbrand.

Jan 30, 2012

emerging shoots 410Emerging market equity funds accounted for nearly half the $8.6 billion (€6.5 billion) of net inflows absorbed by equity funds in the week ending 25 January, says data provider EPFR.

Jan 25, 2012

currency banknotes 410UK retail investors have shifted their preferences from equities to cash, according to i-Sight Investor Attitudinal Barometer for the first half of this year.

Jan 23, 2012

Thumbs_up_hopeTwo consecutive weeks of positive retail money inflows to equity funds indicate a potential source of support for the shares market, which have seen gains in the UK and Europe recently.

Jan 23, 2012

Wallet_UKUK dividends are set to increase by 11% this year to £75 billion (€89.7 billion) – breaking last year’s record of total dividend payments.

Jan 19, 2012

Wold-communicationGlobal macro-discretionary is the preferred strategy for more than half of 50 active investors who were surveyed about their allocations to Ucits funds that employ alternative investment strategies.

Jan 19, 2012

Rejected stampFidelity is calling for boards to give shareholders more power to veto boardroom bonuses, in a bid to make executive remuneration more transparent and simple.

Jan 18, 2012

Europe_mapThreadneedle Investments has launched an absolute return fund investing in pan-European Equities.