12 April 2013
More optimistic equity markets always make for more interesting conversations. Instead of all those miserable end of the world confessions over coffee – “how much cash do you have in your portfolios?” – more bullish markets tend to spark off new ideas and even the odd mania or two.
28 March 2013
Paul Causer, co-head of fixed interest and co-manager of the Invesco Perpetual Global Financial Capital fund, looks at what has been done over the past year to tackle the problems in the financials sector.
17 March 2013
The MSCI Pan-Europe index was up 14.2% for 2012, but the rebound from the lows at the beginning of June was closer to 20%.
28 February 2013
Sanlam’s top-performing financials manager Kokkie Kooyman has warned investors they should be wary of owning companies which are highly correlated to equity markets ahead of an expected correction.
26 February 2013
Investec Bank and Morgan Stanley have both modified the terms and conditions of their structured products after the Financial Services Authority (FSA) found terms in both were potentially ‘unfair’ to clients.
17 February 2013
Christian Gardner, investment analyst at StructuredProductReview.com, compares four kick-out plans from different providers.
11 January 2013
Traditionally only available to institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals, Jock Green-Armytage, investment adviser to JZ Capital Partners Limited, explains how smaller retail investors can gain exposure.
14 December 2012
Morgan Stanley has soft-closed its Global Brands fund to retail investors in a bid to preserve the performance of the top-performing portfolio.
21 November 2012
Structured products offer distinct advantages for actively managed portfolios. Paul Burgin explains why
14 September 2012
Despite negative press, structured products still form part of many wealth manager portfolios. Joanna Faith looks into their appeal.
05 September 2012
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he will not sell any of his shares in the company for at least a year in a move to boost investor confidence, after shares in the social networking giant sank to a new low.
28 August 2012
Much of the blame for the recent global economic malaise has been firmly laid, somewhat unfairly, at the door of Europe and its institutions.
13 July 2012
LIBOR rate-rigging penalties and damages to investors could reach $22bn for the 12 global banks involved, according to Morgan Stanley estimates.
22 June 2012
Credit rating agency Moody's has downgraded 15 financial institutions overnight, including major UK and US banks.
18 June 2012
Innovation is a fundamental part of fund management, pushing the boundaries to give investors access to new asset classes.
Japan has been stuck in deflation for much of the past 20 years. But with a new prime minister, the Bank of Japan’s quantitative easing plans, and a buoyant Topix, there are signs the country is turning a corner. So how can your clients get a piece of the action?
Christine Johnson, manager of the Old Mutual Corporate Bond and Monthly Income funds, gives some examples of names which are helping meet client demands in a difficult fixed income environment.
Falling commodity prices, especially oil, are proving positive for India in a variety of ways. Not only is India a major oil importer but the cost of oil for the consumer is heavily subsidised by the government.
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