Catriona Standingford: How to stand out from the crowd

If you are considering going for a promotion, asking for a pay rise, or simply looking for a change of direction in your career, you may be wondering how to differentiate yourself from everyone else. I am often asked for advice on how to ‘stand out from the crowd’ in terms of financial services qualifications, […]


Schroders to merge Japan funds

Schroders is to merge two of its Japan funds, bringing the £29.5m Schroder Japan Alpha Plus fund into Andrew Rose’s £2.15bn Schroder Tokyo fund. Subject to FCA approval, Schroders will combine the two funds as the Japan Alpha Plus fund, run by Nathan Gibbs, has shrunk in assets. The Schroder Japan Alpha Plus fund has underperformed the […]


Billy Burrows: Delivering drawdown to the mass market

Ever since the pension freedoms were announced I have been asking the following question: what does drawdown for the mass-market look like? The answer to this question lies in tackling two important issues: who is drawdown most suitable for and which products are most suitable? Traditionally, drawdown has been regarded as an option only suitable […]

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Karen Playfair, Senior Marketing Consultant A few months ago my brother casually dropped into conversation that he hoped it was ok that he’d put me down as the guardian of his three daughters in his will if something happened to both him and his wife. I was pleased that he’d thought about his will and guardianship […]


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