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Bill McQuaker: Equities aren’t dangerous; the world is

Trump’s announcements of tariffs on steel and aluminium have led to a much greater focus on the risks posed by his presidency We have had a rollercoaster start to 2018. January saw a rapid rise in global equities before markets succumbed to a technically driven sell-off, recovered a little, and sold off again on the […]

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FCA: IFAs can sit on fund group boards as independent directors

The FCA has confirmed that appointing financial advisers to be independent directors on the boards of asset management firms would not necessarily breach conflict of interest rules. In new rules the FCA put forward to improve the asset management sector earlier this month, the regulator said it wants fund houses to hire independent directors to […]

Volatility fears take multi-asset fund sales to £1bn

High market volatility in February resulted in more retail investors using multi-asset fund managers and pushing net sales up to £1bn, new figures show. Data from the Investment Association tracking net retail fund sales in February show investors avoided both bond and equity funds with £235m and £136m outflows, respectively. In early February the US […]

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Seneca Partners sends Mifid II 10% drop note on EIS product

Another investment manager offering enterprise investment schemes has alerted clients of a 10 per cent drop in value for one of its portfolios following new Mifid rules. Mifid II, which came into force on 3 January, requires firms to notify clients when the overall value of their portfolio, relative to its value at the beginning of each reporting […]

FCA disclosure panel forms new group with pensions focus

The FCA panel in charge of creating a template to better disclose fund charges and costs has created an additional group to work on the complex data collection in the defined benefit and defined contribution pension space. The institutional disclosure working group, chaired by transparency champion Chris Sier, has published an update on its work saying more needs […]

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Standard Life Aberdeen outflows top £31bn as Gars continues to struggle

Standard Life Aberdeen has reported outflows of £31bn in its full year results, six months after the mega merger at the Scottish fund houses completed. In August 2017, Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management joined forces to become Standard Life Aberdeen, a giant global asset management powerhouse running £655bn assets. In its full year results, […]

Jupiter: Mifid II cost criticism lacks weight

Head of strategy for the Jupiter Independent Funds Team John Chatfeild-Roberts looks at how Mifid II has hit multi-manager funds following Money Marketing’s reporting on the true costs of the funds. Mifid II provides investors with greater clarity of charges. However, appreciating the difference between value and price is fundamental; of course price is important but […]

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Richard Buxton: ‘There is no bubble in equities’

Old Mutual Global Investors chief executive Richard Buxton has defied fears of a market bubble in equity markets. The veteran manager has joined other investors in warning over systemic risks within exchange trading funds, however. Influential investors such as Neil Woodford have recently warned that there are many bubbles in the market that could soon […]