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Searching for alternative beta

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:01

Bfinance’s Chris Stevens (pictured) reports on a recent manager search for alternative beta strategies for a large US corporate pension scheme with USD10 billion in assets under management. »

Beware liquidity risk

Tue, 06/09/2016 - 13:03

Sean Ryan, Senior Analyst, Research, at MPI (Markov Processes International) asks if there is more danger in High Yield Bond Funds, warning that investors reaping rewards from high yield returns should beware the dangers of liquidity risk. »

Anna Stupnytska

UK inflation will continue heading higher

Tue, 16/08/2016 - 13:08

Anna Stupnytska (pictured), Global Economist at Fidelity International comments on the latest UK inflation figures…   »

Physical gold ETF sees increased demand

Tue, 16/08/2016 - 08:23

Brandon Rakszawski of VanEck reports that the rising gold price has caused increased interest in VanEck Merk Gold Trust, or OUNZ, which has an option to take physical delivery of gold bullion on redemption of shares in the fund.  »

Mike Amey

MPC to be in ‘easing mode a good while to come’

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 15:50

Mike Amey (pictured), Head of Sterling Portfolios at PIMCO comments on the Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates…  »

Obi Nnochiri

The rules of intestacy are outdated and often unsympathetic

Wed, 13/07/2016 - 09:03

Obi Nnochiri (pictured), Senior Wealth Management Consultant at St James’s Place, comments on a worrying rise in intestacy enquiries and highlights the problems caused by individuals who die without a will… »

INDOS comments on Brexit implications for AIFMD depositaries

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 12:02

Bill Prew (pictured) from the INDOS Group has written a note on the implications of Brexit on AIFMD depositaries. “A UK withdrawal from the European Union (EU) following the 23 June 2016 ‘Brexit’ Referendum has potential implications on the existing requirement for UK Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) to appoint, in certain circumstances, a depositary under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD),” he writes.  »

Consolidation in the wealth sector creates opportunities, says Progeny Wealth

Mon, 27/06/2016 - 10:00

The UK financial landscape is currently providing a fertile ground for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in the wealth management sphere, writes Alex Shaw, (pictured) director, Progeny Wealth. “A wide variety of features have come together to provide a unique situation that is proving to be highly tempting to investors, both domestic and foreign. This environment has come at an excellent time, falling in line with a global increase in M&A activity within the sector, placing the UK at the forefront of continued expansion.  »

Jonathan Hopper

Brexit to ‘plunge property market into a Darwinian future of victims, survivors and predators’

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 13:02

Jonathan Hopper, managing director of the buying agents Garrington Property Finders, has highlighted the irony of London voting resoundingly to remain in the EU, but then seeing its property market decapitated by a victory for the Leave camp. »

Macro Thoughts: Thanks a 1.27 million

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 11:44

Keith Grindlay of Macro Thoughts comments that as if 1.27 million more UK voters voting to leave Europe than to stay wasn’t shock enough, David Cameron has proven that UK unemployment would go higher with a vote to leave, by increasing unemployment by one, announcing his resignation as Prime Minister by October.  »

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