Gary Jackson


The search for dividend growth continues

UK companies’ dividends in the second quarter rose at their slowest pace in over three years, according to the recent Capita UK Dividend Monitor, leaving some questioning where to look for future growth. Dividends climbed just 1.2 per cent year-on-year to reach £25.8bn after the FTSE’s 100 largest firms were hit by a strong pound […]


Aviva Investors launches fund to rival GARS

Aviva Investors has launched the Aviva Investors Multi-Strategy Target Return fund, the first offering in its new outcome-oriented fund range. The fund is managed by head of multi-asset Peter Fitzgerald and global head of rates Dan James, with extensive input from a company-wide strategic investment group chaired by chief executive Euan Munro. The fund will target […]


IPO of stricken Brandeaux Student Accommodation fund pulled

The initial public offering of the Brandeaux Student Accommodation fund has been shelved owing to ‘adverse public market conditions’. Brandeaux Student Accommodation was suspended in July 2013, along with the rest of Brandeaux’s range following higher redemption requests and problems with market liquidity. Last month its directors unveiled plans to float the open-ended fund as […]


Psigma: Our portfolios might look boring, but they are not

Psigma Investment Management’s portfolios may look “about as boringly positioned as possible” but chief investment officer Tom Becket says this veneer conceals a number of contrarian plays. After “one of the most powerful equity bull markets in history”, Becket believes many of the easy returns have already been made and has been tilting the wealth […]

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Swip CEO leaves as Aberdeen restructures investment division

Four senior members of Scottish Widows Investment Partnership will leave following the acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Management. Swip chief executive Dean Buckley, global equity director Will Low, fixed income director Mark Connolly and real estate director Lynda Shillaw are to leave the company. The firm was acquired by Aberdeen last month in a deal worth £550m. Aberdeen […]