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Hargreaves Lansdown

Hargreaves Lansdown came out on top in this category. Its head of research Mark Dampier believes the victory is down to its unique relationship with their fund managers. He says: &#34Although we are a big discount broker we also have a very strong investment team including five qualified fund managers, which is pretty unusual.&#34
Dampier believes that because HL buy the shares in-house they have a greater understanding than most IFAs of share portfolios.
Chase de Vere were nudged out of last year&#39s premier position, but believe its strength still lies in its numerous channels of communication. Chase de Vere investment director Graham Hooper says: &#34We have four channels including face-to-face, over the phone, direct mail and internet. That plus a lot of attention to client service and the fact all our staff are trained has led to our recognition in the market.&#34
In third place was Bradford & Bingley IFA. Its investment marketing manager Ken Rayner says: &#34What we have done in the last year is widen the appeal of independence plus the acquisition of John Charcol has put us in the limelight. We trying to be seen as an investment led IFA as well as a building society.&#34


Keep the Standard flying as a mutual

Mutuality works for Standard Life. For the last 75 years it has been thecompany&#39s abiding principle and is the underlying reason for its positionas one of the UK&#39s leading life and pensions providers. And there is noreason why mutuality would not continue to work for Standard Life long intothe future.Sadly, enormous pressure is being applied […]

Abbey National announces corporate changes

Abbey National has announced changes to its corporate structure in an attempt to become more competitive in the increasingly internet-driven marketplace.Yasmin Jetha is joining the executive committee as group IT and infrastructure director. She had previously held the title of retail operations director.The bank has split into eight business units, half dealing with cutting costs, […]

FSA and ABI in plain English war of words

The FSA and the ABI are clashing in a war of words over plain English.The ABI is backing the Plain English Campaign&#39s recent addition of afinancial A-Z to its website at www. the FSA has lined up behind the rival Plain Language Commission whichtrains FSA staff and vets publications for plain English. It trained […]

Encounter with grim reaper of life office cash

On the very day that last week&#39s Money Marketing was going to press,including my recommendation that it is in the IFA community&#39s bestinterests to form links with the major technology service providers, Ifound myself in successive situations which served to reinforce thatmessage.During a single day, I was both impressed by the quality and extent ofco-operation […]

Large-cap growth alpha thesis: seeking risk-adjusted excess returns

Content supplied by Loomis, Sayles & Company — an affiliate of Natixis Global Asset Management For mutual fund investors and managers of large pensions or endowments, a major challenge is to identify those portfolio managers who are most likely to deliver superior risk-adjusted returns in the future. Understanding how an investment philosophy informs a manager’s decision […]


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