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Expat Investor : December 2007
NEWS December 2007 EXPAT INVESTOR 3 RESEARCH has revealed that the majority of leading NASDAQ and almost half of FTSE 100 companies are neglecting their online capabilities with limited responses to investor related email enquiries. The worrying results reveal that, on average, only 38 out of 100 NASDAQ companies responded to staged emailed investor enquiries with the appropriate answers, while just 53 FTSE 100 companies responded within a three week period. Those companies that did respond varied widely in terms of their response times, ranging from under three minutes to more than two weeks, according to Rainier PR. The figures show the companies with the fastest response times. Fast Facts 10120 CONSUMERS can claim compensation of up to £48,000 if they have lost money as a result of their dealings with any one of 45 firms that the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has recently declared in default. FSCS is the UK's statutory compensation scheme for customers of regulated financial services firms. It provides a free service to consumers. Declaring a firm in default is the final part of a process in which an FSA regulated firm (such as a financial adviser) has been found by FSCS to be unable, or likely to be unable to pay claims against it. This means that customers who have lost money as a result of dealings with any such firm can make a claim for compensation to FSCS. The kinds of investment claims FSCS handles usually relate to advice -- for example, if somebody has been advised to buy an investment product such as an endowment policy, but it was unsuitable for them and they have lost money as a result of the advice they received. FSCS can also pay compensation for financial loss arising from negligent investment management and fraud, or if an authorised investment firm stops trading and cannot return its customers' investments or money. Consumers can contact the FSCS by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit the website at www.fscs.org.uk. Fast Facts 10001 potential growth of the best performing portfolio. Capital is protected in full provided the investment is held to maturity and there is unlimited growth potential. "Global Portfolio Picker III is available as either a deposit or a tradable security." The security variant, designed for intermediaries, requires a minimum investment of £50,000 or US$100,000 and the deposit variant requires a minimum investment of £10,000 or US$20,000. Both versions are available until 11 December. Nigel Watson, Director -- Intermediary Distribution, tells Expat Investor, "Our Global Portfolio Picker products have proved extremely popular and this latest launch is in direct response to the demand from our IFA's in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. "The recent volatile market conditions have raised the profile of Structured Products and the 100% capital guarantee at maturity associated with these products has made them particularly appealing. "In addition to individual clients we have seen increasing demand from pension trustees looking to preserve pension funds and at the same time maximising growth opportunities." Standard launches latest in Structured Growth Solutions Series STANDARD Bank has launched another of its Global Portfolio Picker series. The Global Portfolio Picker III tracks three diversified portfolios giving investors the potential to receive enhanced returns based on the actual performance of the best of the three portfolios, over a four and a half year investment period. Each portfolio invests in four asset classes -- equities, bonds, property and commodities. Within Global Portfolio Picker there are three portfolios: an aggressive portfolio, more weighted towards equities, a balanced portfolio with a balance across all four asset classes, and a conservative portfolio,in which the weighting is toward fixed income. This latest launch includes what the Bank describes as "an attractive 'look back' feature, which ensures that the investor does not have to choose a portfolio to invest in at the commencement date, but receives the return of the best performing portfolio at the end of the term. Investors also benefit from participation of 110% for sterling and 100% for US dollar in the FTSE 1 -- Smiths 3 mins 2--BGGroup 8 mins 3 -- Royal Dutch Shell 9.5 mins 4--Drax 11.5 mins 5 -- Shire Phar maceuticals 13 mins 6 -- Experian 14 mins 7 -- Kazakhmys 16.5 mins 8 -- Rexam 32 mins 9 -- Rio Tinto 46 mins 10 -- Hammerson 57 mins NASDAQ 1 -- Patterson Companies 2.5 mins 2 = Joy Global / Intel 3.5 mins 4 -- Millicom 20 mins 5 -- DENTSPLY 27.5 mins 6 -- Comcast 34.5 mins 7 -- CDW Corporation 35 mins 8 -- Apple Inc 1hr 14 mins 9 -- PetSmar t 1hr 18.5 mins 10 -- Tellabs Inc 1hr 31 mins NASDAQ companies ignore investor enquiries FSCS helps consumers claim up to £48,000
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