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Schroders chooses Asia chief

Schroders has appointed Robin Parbrook as head of Asia excluding Japan equities following the departure of former head Leong Wah Kheong. Parbrook has been deputy of the sector since 2001.

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Braking point

Datamonitor predicts that mortgage lending will slow down by 10 per cent over the next three years. Is this a fair figure and, if so, what can lenders do to counteract the downturn?

Joint venture?

The Diary was concerned to read a headline in a national news paper suggesting that “FSA’s gold-plated rules threaten abattoirs”. However, on second glance, it appears that the long arm of the regulator has not stretched into monitoring the slaughter of animals and it was just another of those old Food Stan-dards Agency mix-ups. The […]

PFS is simply an irrelevance

I have all due respect for Harry Katz’s prowess as an industry commentator and fellow contributor to these pages but I do wonder whether or not there is any point to what seems to be his ongoing feud with John Ellis over the purpose or relevance of the Personal Finance Society, as the LIA and the Sofa have now become.

Alexander Forbes in bespoke Sipp deal

Alexander Forbes Financial Services is offering a bespoke Sipp with Standard Life and Investment Solutions. The Alexander Forbes Standard Life Sipp uses multi-manager fund from Investment Solutions. Former Bureaux Group managing director Peter Quinton has been appointed director of public relations at Alexander Forbes.

The investment clock

While Trump blazes blond in the political foreground, it’s easy to overlook the economic background to the new political dimension of 2017. Political risk will be a feature of the year: the unpredictable and untested Trump administration has already created uncertainty, which is unlikely to diminish, especially if protectionist rhetoric starts to outweigh promises of […]

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