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Nucleus co-founder Philip Martin joins F&C

Nucleus co-founder Philip Martin has been appointed as F&C head of proposition for its UK retail business.

Martin, who was business development director at Nucleus, co-founded the platform in 2006 and left in June this year.

He says: “Strong client focus on investment performance, widened access through platforms and legacy life company assets seeking proper management, generate terrific opportunities for well-organised asset management firms.F&C is ideally placed to capitalise on these market changes thanks to its heritage and framework and I am delighted to be joining the team to help achieve it.”

F&C head of UK retail John Yule says: “Having recently gained our independence, F&C is very much on the front-foot again. The group has ambitious plans to grow its UK retail franchise and Philip will play an important role in this.”



The next level

A couple of weeks ago, Chris Cummings’ column covered his recent experience in Brussels and the EU proposals for a new regime for packaged retail investment products. While the thrust of his article was about well-meaning but amateur lobbying, I would also like to draw your attention to work going on in Europe on professional standards and qualifications.

Tim Johnson

When he was at university, Paymentshield chief executive Tim Johnson had four hopes for a career – golfer, footballer, racing car driver or something financially oriented. By the time he had finished his geography studies at university, he had discarded the first three ambitions and was hired by Royal Insurance as a graduate trainee.

A bull case for US equities?

Neptune video: a bull case for US equities?

Watch Felix Wintle, head of US equities at Neptune, discuss why he believes US equities are in a structural bull market and the key factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher.

In the video, Wintle addresses the following:

• The US market and why — despite equities rising from 2009 — he believes the structural bull market only started in 2013
• Key economic and corporate factors that can drive the S&P 500 higher
• Investment themes and sectors offering exposure to the domestic recovery


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