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Are criticisms of ETFs justified?

Passive funds have come under attack as having the potential to cause the next market crash due to their structure and the way they are managed. Baillie Gifford partner and fund manager Charles Plowden has recently condemned  ETFs as “dumb money” and compared them with the complex packaged trading instruments – such as collateralised debt obligations […]

Investors pour into bond funds as UK equity income sees outflows of £444m

UK investors have continued their flight to safety with fixed income the best-selling asset class in October, according to the Investment Association. Fixed income saw £2bn in net retail sales in October, while the Sterling Strategic Bond sector was the best-selling sector with net retail sales of £1.6bn. Outflows continued from the UK equity income […]

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Richard Buxton: ‘There is no bubble in equities’

Old Mutual Global Investors chief executive Richard Buxton has defied fears of a market bubble in equity markets. The veteran manager has joined other investors in warning over systemic risks within exchange trading funds, however. Influential investors such as Neil Woodford have recently warned that there are many bubbles in the market that could soon […]

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