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RLAM appoints global high yield head

Royal London Asset Management has hired Azhar Hussain from Insight Investment Management as its new head of global high yield.

Hussain, who will report to Jonathan Platt, head of fixed interest at RLAM, will concentrate on expanding the asset manager’s high yield investment capability.

Prior to joining RLAM, Hussain was head of high yield and leveraged loans at Insight and ran a number of high yield credit funds. He has also spent this at Gulf International Bank and Deloitte & Touche.

Platt says: “[Hussain] has considerable experience of European, US and emerging market high yield and his strong analytical skills and investment management experience will complement the existing capabilities of RLAM’s wider fixed interest team and enable us to build out our global high yield capability.”


BlackRock issues warning on UK consumer stocks

BlackRock UK absolute alpha fund co-manager Nick Osborne has sounded a warning over UK consumer stocks. Speaking to Money Marketing at the Cofunds absolute returns round table last week, Osborne said he is finding short positions in stocks exposed to UK consumers, alongside those companies affected by the eurozone crisis. He said: “We are still […]


Amps rejects FSA Sipp disclosure proposals

The Association of Member-directed Pension Schemes has rejected FSA proposals to increase the disclosure requirements for Sipp providers. In March, the regulator proposed forcing all personal pension schemes, including Sipps, to produce key features illustrations, effect of charges and reduction in yield information. The FSA said: “To help consumers or their advisers compare alternative pension […]


Government U-turn on pasty and caravan taxes

The Government has withdrawn plans to impose VAT on Cornish pasties and reduced its proposed tax on static caravans to 5 per cent. The Government has changed the definition of what is a “hot” pasty. As a result, pasties and sausage rolls will be defined as cooling down rather than being kept hot and will […]

SLI positions GARs fund to benefit from volatility

Standard Life Investments has positioned its £11.2bn global absolute return strategies fund to benefit from more market volatility. The team that runs the GARs fund has bought into the Chicago board options exchange market volatility index, called the Vix, a measure of the implied volatility of S&P 500 index options, in the first quarter of […]

US election

Capital Market Notes, November 2016 David Lafferty, chief market strategist at Natixis Global Asset Management, looks at the impact on markets and portfolios since the somewhat surprising outcome of the US election. Click here


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