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Equity markets globally currently remain vulnerable to sharp shifts in sentiment caused by either unexpected or unwelcome outcomes in key upcoming political events (the US and German elections, Brexit and the Italian referendum). These top-down influences, combined with the current low global growth environment, will likely lead to broadly directionless markets, and prolong the current low beta return environment. We do, though, […]

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Theresa May: We’re coming after tax advisers

Prime minister Theresa May has pledged to take action against financial advisers who help the rich avoid tax. In a speech at the Conservative Party conference today, she singled out financial advisers along with accountants as targets in the government’s clampdown on tax avoidance. May says: “If you’re a tax-dodger, we’re coming after you. If […]

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Managers at work? Multi-asset funds challenged over value for money

A report attacking the suitability and value for money of multi-asset funds has ignited a debate on whether investors should opt for cheaper and simpler funds to get better returns. The study from consultancy firm Finalytiq claims “unskillful” multi-asset managers do not add value to their clients’ portfolios and “systematically” damage their returns. But industry […]

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