MARKET VIEWS

A few swallows

A hot week in every sense as we saw encouraging results, updates and disposals in the sector: To a large extent the return to profit at Charles Stanley is a result of shedding staff while marginally increasing AUM – the departing staff took only a modest number of clients with them …

Published: 23rd June 2017

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AIM: Many happy returns!

The AIM market started life in June 1995 and has certainly celebrated its 21st year in spectacular form. In the 12 months to 30 April 2017 the FTSE AIM All Share Index rose 32.4%, massively outperforming the FTSE 100 Index (up 15.4%) and the FTSE 250 Index (up 16.7%). Indeed …

Published: 9th May 2017

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Britannia’s Gold

If you are a regular reader of the Daily Telegraph or the Daily Mail, or heard about this project recently on BBC Radio 5, you will know of this remarkable story. The links below, along with excerpts from the Daily Mail report, explain how a team of marine experts are seeking …

Published: 4th April 2017

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Effective engagement with all UK Shareholders in a post MiFID II world

In 1998 UK pension funds owned 21.7% of the average UK quoted company, and UK Insurance Companies owned a further 21.6%. By the end of 2014 these two percentages had shrunk to just 3.0% and 5.9% respectively. Overseas investors now dominate UK share registers, owning nearly 54% of all UK quoted …

Published: 13th February 2017

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Results, deals and updates

Randall & Quilter's acquisition, Agency Programme Insurance, will fold easily into its Quest subsidiary in Bermuda. A manager of 28 reinsurance cells, reinsuring 8 US insurance and reinsurance companies for a range of risks, is in run-off and modestly but comfortably profitable. As a bonus R&Q will benefit from negative …

Published: 26th July 2016

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A good finish to the first season

News this week from Helios Underwriting, (HUW), who reported a 33% rise in profits and a 43% rise in EPS to 12.23p on the back of a 43% growth in gross premiums written. The Board declared an implicitly repeatable dividend of 1.5p and a special dividend of 3.6p, based on …

Published: 5th June 2016

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