28 April 2014
It became a very well-known fact that during the Labour government’s administration, there were almost as many pensions ministers as years of Blair and Brown being in power.
22 April 2014
Fund managers love polls because they reckon they tell you something about the real economy. Yet almost every piece of research from a financial services company does the complete opposite.
16 April 2014
It is estimated that, back in 1979, the asset management industry collectively managed about £79bn.
07 April 2014
I can tell you the next industry mis-selling scandal before it has even started – it is annuity pots. You know I am right.
31 March 2014
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) estimates so-called ‘free advice’ at retirement after the Chancellor’s changes to annuities could cost as much as £120m a year, and claims this equates to another 500 fully trained advisers being brought into the industry to provide the advice.
17 March 2014
Is personal education in schools the answer to all the nation’s financial problems?
10 March 2014
It seems we have now seen the back of clean and super clean share classes, which is a relief as it was very tedious and did little to further the general discussions about the value the asset management industry provides.
03 March 2014
By definition, the Premier League is a meritocracy, because the best team finishes top, the worst ends up bottom, and it is purely measured on performance.
24 February 2014
Structured products are like zebras – black and white. I guess you could say they are also like Marmite – you either love them or hate them.
17 February 2014
How corrupt is our industry? I use the word ‘corrupt’ because this is surely the only inference that someone outside of the sector could take, from the inducement and bribery rules within financial services.
10 February 2014
It is nearly three decades since Mrs Thatcher’s government put an end to MIRAS – mortgage interest relief at source – as part of a cost-cutting measure last time the nation’s finances were in a state as parlous as they are now.
03 February 2014
A product provider once gave me a purple Barney the Dinosaur toy as an inducement.
27 January 2014
Is multi-asset investing all about diversification, or conviction? If you are the regulator, you would see these funds as a potential source of diversification, and regulators think diversification is good.
20 January 2014
GDP is 80 years old this year. So is Henderson, and, appropriately enough, Lord Heseltine.
13 January 2014
Is it called Blue Monday because the Prime Minister decided to start next year’s election campaign on Monday last week?
While corporate debt has grown at an unprecedented rate globally since 2008, Italy’s lenders are finally beginning to offload a record amount of ‘bad loans’
James Burns, head of multi-manager at Smith & Williamson, looks at four alternative asset classes in the closed-ended space which could offer growth alongside core holdings.
With monetary policy weakening the yen and a consumption tax rise at home, Japan's multinationals are the key to solving the country's problems - and the best bet for investors, says Neptune's Chris Taylor.
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