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?
02 December 2013
There has been much talk post-Lehmans about restoring trust in the industry, but, when you hear that, people are largely referring to the wider financial services industry.
25 November 2013
There is a regularly quoted statistic about the high level of income companies listed on the FTSE which come from outside the UK.
20 November 2013
As we head towards the end of the year the industry begins to focus on tax-efficient planning and the amount of ‘subsidy’ given in tax breaks comes back in the firing line.
28 October 2013
I am indebted to a columnist on the Evening Standard for digging up the following story.
16 October 2013
Price transparency has become a ‘buzzword’ in the industry, particularly in the RDR world in which we all operate.
01 October 2013
Lawrence Gosling, founding editor of Investment Week, looks at what impact regulation - driven by the RDR - is going to have on the fund management industry.
30 September 2013
Model portfolios and guided architecture are all the rage at the moment. The next big mis-selling scandal, a passing fashion, or a useful addition to the investment landscape?
Japan has rising taxes, an energy shortfall, and tensions with China to resolve in 2014, says Charlotte Watson, chief investment officer of Attivo Investment Management.
Investors buying passives risk missing out on active funds that deliver real total returns well above what trackers can deliver, Jonathan Willcocks, M&G's global head of retail sales, argues.
Investment Management Association (IMA) chief executive Daniel Godfrey says we should "interrogate quite hard" the assertion that the price of fund management has dropped elsewhere in the world, but not in the UK.
The recent efforts of Turkey's central bank remain deeply unconvincing while Chinese and Russian markets are stuffed full of state-owned enterprises. But there are bright spots for EM investors, argues Baillie Gifford's Tim Campbell.
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