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FSA appoints Alexander Justham as director of markets

The FSA has announced the appointment of Alexander Justham as its new director of markets.

He succeeds Sally Dewar who became managing director of wholesale and institutional markets in January this year.

Justham is currently head of market infrastructure at the FSA.

The regulator says as director of markets, Justham will have responsibility for the UK Listing Authority, market monitoring, the supervision of exchanges and the oversight of the clearing and settlement infrastructure.

Justham’s career at the FSA began in January 2007 after joining from JPMorgan, where he was managing director at JPMorgan Cazenove.

Dewar says Justham brings valuable experience to the FSA and is highly regarded.

She says: “I have enjoyed working with him since he joined us last year and look forward to working closely with him in his new role.”


Liongate reduces equities to 1%

Liongate Capital Management’s flagship multi-strategy fund produced a positive return of 0.83 per cent over January while the HFRX global hedge fund index fell by 2.06 per cent.UK investors can access the fund through the Liongate multi-strategy tracker note.The company says it is more active than some fund of hedge fund managers so it reduced […]

A&L pledges to focus on

Alliance & Leicester has denied that it is turning its back on the mortgage market after a 30 per cent drop in profits.A spokesman insists that the mortgage market is still very important for the bank but it anticipates a lower lending volume this year. He says reports in the media that A&L has closed […]

Agency suspends A rating on Franklin Templeton fund

Old Broad Street Research has suspended the A rating on Franklin Templeton’s Euro-pean fund following the dep-arture of fund manager Andrew MacKirdy.MacKirdy is on gardening leave, with the 14.6m fund being run by Uwe Zoellner. MacKirdy also managed a glo-bal fund Sicav which will pass to Martin Cobb.Zoellner already runs a series of institutional offerings […]

Steve Bee calls for Govt to improve womens’ pension provision

Scottish Life head of pensions strategy Steve Bee is callling on the Government to allow women to increase their pension contributions. He says with the 2010 deadline on the horizon for pensions reform, women must increase their deposits. He says currently, over 70 per cent of women end up with no state pension entitlement or […]


Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


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