The number of fund mergers has increased in recent weeks as firms look to cut costs in the current economic climate.
Blue Sky Asset Management chief executive Chris Taylor blames copy-cat providers for many of the problems in the structured product industry.
National Association of Pension Funds chairman Chris Hitchen has called on Chancellor Alistair Darling to announce the Government will issue more long-dated gilts in Monday’s pre-Budget report.
Many advisers I have spoken to over the last few weeks have one question on their mind – are clients’ investments safe?
Written by Mike Riddell29 June 2016 Headlines over the past few days have screamed about record falls in sterling, record low bond yields and massive falls in equity prices. However, if you take a slightly longer view of markets rather than simply the one- or two-day reaction, I think it’s amazing how little markets have […]
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