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M&G’s Woolnough: Forget Brexit, Trump is the real worry for markets

Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House is a greater risk to markets than the threat of the UK leaving the European Union, says Richard Woolnough, manager of the M&G Optimal Income fund. The fixed income manager says while Brexit will create “noise and uncertainty”, the real worry for this year is the US presidential election. […]

Alan Hughes: The price to pay for cultural change in financial services

The Treasury is to extend the Senior Managers and Certification Regime currently being applied to banks, insurers and a limited range of other complex firms, across the remainder of the regulated sector. This will not happen until 2018 and, as yet, there is no further detail on how it will be applied. However, there is […]

Ex-Ignis chief appointed Defaqto chair

Chris Samuel, the former chief executive of Ignis Asset Management, has been appointed non-executive chairman of Defaqto. The ratings and research firm has hired Samuel with immediate effect, saying he will be key to growing Defaqto’s buisness. Samuel was chief executive at Ignis before its acquisition by Standard Life, leaving the firm after the acquisition. […]

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Star manager sues Henderson in High Court battle over pay

Former Henderson Global Investors head of European equities Richard Pease is suing the fund group over a disputed £2.7m. The Sunday Times reports that Pease, who ran the flagship £1.1bn European Special Situations fund for Henderson, has lodged a claim at the High Court that Henderson breached the terms of his contract by withholding payments […]

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Johnson Fleming set to host webinar on auditing auto-enrolment schemes

With 23 auto-enrolment compliance notices issued by the Pensions Regulator, and an evolving legislative landscape meaning previously compliant schemes may now be in breach of regulation, now is the time to think about auditing your auto-enrolment scheme. Johnson Fleming is hosting a webinar on 9 October at 11:00 on how to audit your scheme to ensure compliance, avoid breaches and fines and overcome data issues.

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