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Morningstar has downgraded the Old Mutual Global Strategic Bond fund from ‘Bronze’ to ‘Neutral’ following the announcement of Stewart Cowley’s upcoming departure. Cowley, who manages the £561m Old Mutual Global Strategic Bond fund, leaves in June and will be replaced on the portfolio by Christine Johnson and John Peta. OMGI chief executive Julian Ide says: “I am grateful to Stewart […]

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Ukip rejects Farage’s resignation

Nigel Farage will remain the leader of Ukip after the party rejected his resignation. Farage announced he would step down on Friday after failing to win the seat of South Thanet, as he had promised in the run up to the general election. But Ukip’s national executive committee has “unanimously” rejected his resignation, saying the […]

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Europe: Political risk on the rise?

By Rob Burnett, Head of European Equities, Neptune In recent weeks, worrying headlines have been emerging from Spain, Germany and Italy amidst political unrest. Is political risk on the rise in Europe, asks Neptune’s Rob Burnett? Click here Important Information – for investment professionals only. Investment risks   This Fund may have a high volatility rating […]

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