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HSBC adds to global macro and investment strategy team

HSBC Global Asset Management has made four appointments to its global macro and investment strategy team, headed by Philip Poole.

Julien Seetharamdoo joins HSBC as senior economist, investment strategist from Coutts Investment Services, where he was an investment strategist. Rabia Bhopal joins as an economist, investment strategist after 18 months at Standard & Poor’s working as an economist and previously worked at Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets. Both will be based in London.

In Hong Kong, Herve Lievore has joined as senior economist, investment strategist, having spent the past five years at Axa Investment Managers and Renee Chen joins as economist, investment strategist, and was previously an economist at Macquarie Capital Securities.

The team provides economic and strategic research support for the asset managers investment teams.



Industry bodies blast FSA’s RDR consumer leaflet

Industry bodies have hit out at the FSA’s “profoundly unhelpful” RDR consumer leaflet, saying the information conflicts with industry guidance on independent and restricted advice. An FSA RDR consumer factsheet, entitled Changes To The Way You Get Financial Advice, states independent advisers will be able to offer advice on all types of products and “restricted […]

M&G moves to stem flows in Woolnough’s corporate bond funds

M&G is looking at ways to stem inflows into Richard Woolnough’s £6.3bn Corporate Bond and £5.1bn Strategic Corporate Bond funds. Both funds are big IFA favourites in the corporate bond sector. Woolnough says the rapidly growing size of the funds has made it more difficult to implement his investment views, but he has “coped” with […]

Standard Life revamps offshore bond ahead of RDR

Standard Life has announced plans to revamp its retail international bond product in preparation for the RDR. The provider will facilitate adviser charging either before or after a client’s money has been invested in the bond. In addition, Standard Life is introducing a tiered product charge on the product, from 0.2 per cent to 0.8 […]

Santander launches direct-only five-year fix at 2.99%

Santander has launched a direct-only five-year fixed rate mortgage at 2.99 per cent up to 60 per cent loan-to-value. The product is only available to customers existing current account and mortgage customers. The lender has also launched new three- and five-year fixed rates available up to 60 per cent LTV for intermediaries. The three-year fix […]


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