In the wake of the credit crunch, all the key traditional income areas need extra care right now – equities face dividend cuts, defaults rising for corporate debt, inflation risks for government bonds as well as tenant delinquencies and gearing issues for property and negligible rates on deposits.
Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]
Exit fees can mean advisers are hit with high and unpredictable costs, but are they justified? Many advisers have been caught out with the unexpected burdens that come with trying to leave a platform, and an increasing number of them are looking into the potential pitfalls that exiting discretionary fund manager services could bring as […]
Invesco has sealed a deal to acquire OppenheimerFunds as the firrm looks to break into the top 10 global investment managers. The deal will see OppenheimerFunds parent Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company sell the asset manager to Invesco, with MassMutual taking a 15.5 per cent stake in Invesco in return. Invesco will manage $1.2trn (£920bn) […]
Advice firm consolidator Newell Palmer has acquired midlands IFA Sense Wealth Management in a deal adding another £35m to its funds under management. The purchase is the 51st acquisition made by Newell Palmer since it began trading in 1993. The £35m is split between around 100 active clients from Sense, who will all transfer over […]