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Industry Personality of the Year Award – Sponsored by Platform Home Loans

Winner: Keith Popplewell

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Europe: banking on a recovery

Neptune video: Europe — banking on a recovery

Arguing that the eurozone crisis is over, watch Rob Burnett, head of European equities at Neptune, discuss the sectors that he’s investing in to harness the recovery. 

In the video, Burnett addresses the following: 

• The primary drivers of the eurozone’s economic recovery
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• Sectors best positioned to harness the recovery, without offering undue exposure to risk

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