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First State appoints Metcalfe as new chief executive

First State Investments has appointed Charlie Metcalfe as its new chief executive officer.

Metcalfe will have responsibility for growing the group across Europe and North America and joins from Hermes Investment Management where he was deputy chief executive.

Prior to Hermes, Metcalfe was an executive director of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and was responsible for the UK, Dutch, and Northern European business development and client service.

Colonial First State chief executive officer Warwick Negus says: “The calibre of Mr Metcalfe’s appoint reflects our ability to attract the very best candidates in the market, emphasising our commitment to building a truly global business.”


Fund managers quizzed in interactive broadcast

Cazenove Capital Management and Asset TV linked up last week to host the first interactive broadcast involving fund managers presenting and answering questions on five different asset classes.All five managers run funds held within the £48m Cazenove multi-manager diversity fund, which is co-managed by Simon Wood and Mark Harries.Over 300 intermediaries logged in to the […]

NU to go ahead with reattribution plan

Norwich Union parent Aviva looks set to press ahead with plans for the reattribution of the inherited estate of two of its with-profits funds. Clare Spottiswoode has been confirmed as policyholder advocate but no final deal is expected until at least 2008.

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Are interest-only mortgages not supported by a repayment vehicle a ticking time-bomb?Yes “People do not realise that at some point the debt has to be repaid and, the longer they leave it, the worse it will get.”Martin Bage, Martin Bage Financial Services No “Not if you are following the correct advice. We are fully aware […]

Boxing unclever

Whenever I meet IFAs, after the initial pleasantries, I almost always find myself having to defend the views expressed in this column. The consensus seems to be that I am unduly negative about IFAs and the good work they do.Chris Kenny, the Association of British Insurers’ director of life and pensions, is really rather a […]

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Guide: how to… audit your auto-enrolment scheme compliance

As the Pensions Regulator starts to bare its teeth and the changes mentioned in the Budget and Queen’s Speech start to come into force, it is essential that you understand your scheme and the processes you need to undertake to ensure it remains compliant. Our second re-enrolment guide looks at how to audit the key areas of your auto-enrolment scheme.


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