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Axa confirms emerging market hires

Axa Framlington has confirmed it has hired two former Threadneedle managers to replace its departing emerging markets team.

Julian Thompson will take up a position as head of global emerging markets, an equivalent position to his role at Threadneedle.

Jules Mort will become senior portfolio manager.

Both managers will start with Axa in London by the end of the year.


Lovett joins Ignis as equity investment chief

Ignis Asset Management has recruited Mark Lovett, formerly of Allianz RCM, as chief investment officer for equities. Lovett joined on October 4 and will be responsible for overseeing a £10bn fund range. He was chief investment officer for UK and European equities in London at Allianz RCM. He will report to chief investment officer Chris […]

Fidelity global special sits cuts US weighting and moves into Asia

Fidelity global special situations fund manager Jorma Korhonen has cut his US weighting and boosted his Asia exposure in a series of bottom-up moves. Korhonen reduced his overweight position in the US during June and July from 60.9 per cent to 52.9 per cent, according to Trustnet. Fidelity International product director Peter Hicks says he […]

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Changing a client’s pension input period can help to avoid an unforeseen tax charge


IFP’s YouTube videos mock RDR-bashers

Two YouTube videos poking fun at adviser firms that are still resistant to the RDR have been produced by the Institute of Financial Planning in a bid to shake up the debate. The videos, which were made by the IFP and change consultancy FP Advance, feature fictional IFA firm Allcock & Bull. They show the […]

Value for money in DC pensions

The Pension Policy Institute (PPI)’s recent report “Value for money in DC pensions” tries to identify factors by which people can assess whether their pension offers fair value for money (VFM). Fiona Tait provides an overview of the findings. Positive Outcomes It is extremely hard to assess VFM in a pension. Press activity naturally focuses […]


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