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Comment: How to de-clutter your portfolio structures

Thu, 22/10/2009 - 16:10

Ted Wilson, Associate Partner with the UK-based wealth manager St. James’s Place, examines the role of investment bonds as a portfolio diversification and tax structuring tool for investors. »

Comment: Making a virtue out of necessity

Comment: Making a virtue out of necessity

Mon, 19/10/2009 - 11:53

Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man have announced that they plan to work together to review their fiscal arrangements after it was made clear to the three crown dependencies by the UK government that their ‘zero-10’ corporate tax strategies are considered to breach the spirit, if not the letter, of the European Union’s Code of Conduct on Business Taxation. »

Comment: Are structured products suitable for the retail market?

Comment: Are structured products suitable for the retail market?

Sun, 18/10/2009 - 21:48

Investment firms NDF Administration and Defined Returns Limited, which marketed products backed by the ill-fated Lehman Brothers, were placed into administration last week. NDFA and DRL specialise in structured products for the retail market, with concerns being raised by the UK’s FSA about the adequacy of their marketing literature for investors. »

Comment: Plus ça change

Comment: Plus ça change

Fri, 25/09/2009 - 08:20

For years commentators have confidently been forecasting that the days of the two-and-twenty model of hedge fund fees were numbered. As the industry grew, they predicted, fee structures would increasingly vary between the best established and best performing managers, which could ask for – and get – two per cent of net assets annually plus 20 per cent or more of all profits, and the growing number of firms with shorter or less impressive track records, which would have to make concessions to investors to win their business. »

Comment: What price to pay for Barclays’ toxic assets deal?

Comment: What price to pay for Barclays’ toxic assets deal?

Fri, 18/09/2009 - 08:23

For all those convinced that the culture of risk embodied in hedge funds was a prime cause of the financial and economic meltdown of the past two years, yesterday’s headlines provided more than a frisson of outrage: Barclays Bank has provided a group of 45 departing employees with some USD12.6bn to take a bundle of “toxic assets” off its hands through an investment vehicle in the Cayman Islands.  »

Comment: Lehman, one year on

Comment: Lehman, one year on

Wed, 16/09/2009 - 19:47

Barbara Ridpath, chief executive of the London-based International Centre for Financial Regulation, argues that with members of the financial indus »

IMF's findings reflect Jersey's robust anti-money laundering regime

IMF's findings reflect Jersey's robust anti-money laundering regime

Tue, 15/09/2009 - 14:27

Ian Strang, managing partner of Voisin and Robert Christensen, managing director of Volaw review the conclusions of the IMF's recent assessment of »

Comment: They're back!

Comment: They're back!

Fri, 04/09/2009 - 09:20

So the leveraged buyout market isn't dead after all. »

Comment: Investing for recovery? Choose Europe over the US

Comment: Investing for recovery? Choose Europe over the US

Fri, 28/08/2009 - 07:03

Andrew Williamson-Jones, manager of the BlackRock Global Equity Fund, explains why he believes European stocks are likely to fare better during the recovery period than their counterpar »

Comment: Fighting for a rethink on the AIFM directive

Comment: Fighting for a rethink on the AIFM directive

Mon, 17/08/2009 - 08:47

The hedge fund industry has been in the forefront of efforts to persuade the EU authorities to re-examine the draft Directive on Alternative Invest »

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