Liontrust has unveiled a 12 per cent profit rise for the 12 months to the end of March. Assets under management rose by 8 per cent to £5.5bn.
Bradford & Bingley has been touted as a potential bidder for Kensington Group, which confirmed it was in advanced takeover talks last week.John Charcol senior technical director Ray Boulger says B&B has been buying books of business and this would accelerate a move into sub-prime.He says: “B&B has been buying a lot of books of […]
Stephen Whittaker is to pass control of the UK equity portion of the New Star tri-star fund to Edward Collins.Collins will initially co-manage the equity portion in tandem with Whittaker before taking over sole control later this year.Collins has run the Dublin-based New Star UK dynamic fund since February 2006. The fund is ranked 20th […]
How very different life is now compared with when I started as an adviser. Clients are more demanding of service and the timescale of its delivery. Containing costs is key to a profitable business. Some costs such as regulatory costs are unavoidable. Some such as administration costs are controllable.These demands led us to consider what […]
Outgoing Standard Life chairman Sir Brian Stewart came under fire from shareholders over the performance of the life office’s endowment policies at the first AGM since it became a listed plc.
The Legal Services Act of 2007, which opened up the legal market to competition, has put the cat among the professional pigeons. In the words of a 2015 Law Society report on what the legal profession is likely to look like in five years’ time: “Business as usual is not an option for many, if […]
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Experts have played down any immediate moves from the FCA towards those firms that are not prepared for Mifid II regulation that comes into force on 3 January 2018. However, concerns remain that a “material number” of small asset managers have not yet started preparing for the major European regulation. The FCA expects firms to […]
OMGI chief executive and star fund manager Richard Buxton is set to lead a management buyout of the single-strategy funds division of Old Mutual Wealth with the backing of TA Associates. The £550m deal is set to be announced before Christmas, Sky News reports. The buyout is part of Old Mutual’s managed separation, which is […]