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Ex-Skandia investment head Bentley launches consultancy

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Former Old Mutual head of investment marketing Graham Bentley has launched a consultancy firm for asset managers, advisers and providers.

Graham Bentley Investment Intelligence launches this week and aims to help firms comply with outcomes from the regulator’s thematic review into asset management businesses and advise firms on developing relationships with global distribution businesses. It will assist advisers with their investment propositions and marketing strategy.

The Financial Conduct Authority is launching a thematic review into transparency in the asset management industry which is set to begin in the summer.

Managing director Bentley says: “The asset management industry’s relationship with platforms and others will have to change. We have seen clear demand for a business with our depth of technical knowledge, and experience in asset management, distribution and adviser relationships. Old school relationships will have to change.”

Bentley left Old Mutual in March having been with the business since 2001. Prior to Old Mutual he was M&G investment marketing manager.

The Lang Cat principal Mark Polson says: ”Graham is one of the most knowledgeable people I know in the investment space.”

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  1. Excellent! That is what the industry needs – more consultants.

    I wish Mr Bentley well but there are a lot of people out there now saying the same thing about the same thing.

  2. Dick Sprinkler 5th June 2013 at 10:16 am

    @Bert Poppins

    Quite !

    All we need now are a few more ‘Compliance Consultants’ and ‘Regulation Experts’ – whole NON industries dreamt up as a result of pointless quangoism.

    It has become totally farcical !

  3. Regulators,Claims management companies Compliance experts, business consultants,Companies which help you navigate requirements of FCA to set up as an IFA The list is not exhaustive, just exhausting. How mony other companies will go to the wall when the adviser is finally annihilated?

  4. Whilst I take Bert’s point, Graham is one of those people who has the potential to do something different and make a genuine difference. Purchasing his time, or anyone else’s, is not compulsory. People will do it if they need it and see value. I don’t think Graham will have a problem with either point.

  5. Anyone willing to take the proverbial bull by the proverbial horns deserves respect, particularly coming out of the comparatively safe haven of Bigco.

    The point I was trying to make was that it is flooded with consultant people professing to know what is best for everyone’s business arguably never having been successful in business themselves. If Graham can demonstrate added value then I’m sure he will be just fine.

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