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Transact eyes platform tech firm Object Mastery

The board of wrap platform Transact is considering acquiring Object Mastery, the Australian firm that developed its platform software, Money Marketing can reveal. Object Mastery, founded in 1992 and based in Melbourne, is owned by Michael Howard, who holds a 29 per cent stake in Transact. Transact chief executive Ian Taylor says: “I can confirm […]

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Schroders on acquisition hunt for fixed income manager

Schroders’ new boss Peter Harrison says he is on the hunt to buy a fixed income manager to fill gaps in the asset manager’s product line-up. The new chief executive at Schroders, who replaced former boss Michael Dobson in March, told the Financial Times that there are areas where the asset manager is weaker. He said Schroders had […]

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Sipp firms impose property managers on savers

Standard Life and James Hay are imposing strict rules, including compulsory property managers, on customers who hold property within a Sipp. The providers require a property manager to be involved even if the Sipp member is also the tenant. A Standard Life spokeswoman says customers must use DTZ, Lambert Smith Hampton or CBRE as manager. […]

Japan: the Land of the Rising Dividends

By George Boyd-Bowman, Fund Manager at Neptune Many Western investors have long bemoaned the lack of a true dividend culture in Japan, claiming the corporate culture is not tilted in favour of shareholders. Yet today, in the Land of the Rising Sun, we see a fresh impetus to focus on shareholder returns, which is leading […]

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