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Aviva CEO joins Pru as head of finance

Former Aviva Europe chief executive officer Tidjane Thiam has joined Prudential this week as chief financial officer. Thiam joins the Pru board with immediate effect.

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Abbey adviser fled after £300k fraud

An Abbey banking adviser suspected of a massive fraud fled the country following a bank audit before returning to face arrest, a court heard.Susan Robertson, 50, a personal banking adviser with Abbey in Milngavie near Glasgow, admitted a series of embezzlement charges when she appeared before Dumbarton sheriff court.The court heard that in addition to […]

Paternoster secures pension assets of Morrison Bowmore Distillers

Paternoster has taken on the assets of the pension fund of Morrison Bowmore Distillers.Morrison Bowmore is one of Scotland’s oldest scotch whisky distillers and part of the Suntory Group.The transaction has been agreed on a phased buy-out basis.This means that whilst the scheme members benefit from the security of an insurance policy immediately on transfer […]

Credit Suisse’s Toby Hogbin to join Martin Currie

Former Credit Suisse director of product development Toby Martin is joining Currie as global head of product development. He will join in early May, having been at Credit Suisse Asset Management since 2002. Prior to Credit Suisse he was at SLC Asset Management before its takeover by Credit Suisse and worked for Equitable Life for […]

Value remains within European equities

By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.

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