House prices increased by 0.2 per cent in July following successive declines in May and June. The Halifax house price index adds that the strengthening UK economy and improving buyer confidence gave the housing market more momentum than expected in the first half of 2006.The lender has slightly increased its forecast for house price growth […]
Skandia is losing another high-profile figure as pension marketing manager Billy Mackay heads for Barclays Wealth Management. Group investment director Jim Roberts has also announced he is leaving the group. Mackay leaves after nine years at Skandia to join Barclays as head of pensions. Barclays also appointed National Association of Pension Funds chief executive Christine […]
Sitting in a television studio the other week, I was asked to comment on the latest cross-border acquisition by a continental company of a British concern. In this case, the acquirer was Spanish – again.
While equity valuations have doubled since the financial crisis, Simon Edelsten explains that there are still pockets of value. But not where you might think Macro-economic uncertainty is causing turbulence in equity markets. Artemis Global Select Fund manager Simon Edelsten says his investment themes are taking him in a different direction to some of his peers – away […]
IFAs want more clarity on environmental, social and governance investment products to be able to better communicate them to clients. A HSBC Global Asset Management survey of over 200 UK IFAs found that 57 per cent would like more ratings for ESG products. Concerns over diversity, human rights, consumer protection, and animal welfare are the […]
St James’s Place has hired Claire Blackwell as director of marketing from Newton Investment Management. Blackwell says: “We have a responsibility to continue to develop ourselves and our proposition in the interests of better financial outcomes for clients.” SJP shuns new CII exam in favour of in-house programmes She has held a variety of positions across the […]
Something drastic needs to be done to make the protection landscape fit for today’s world Like most journalists, when I first began writing for Money Marketing years ago, I needed to be schooled in the ways of financial services. In my case, this role was carried out by a small coterie of energetic financial advisers […]