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Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust gets deputy manager

Baillie Gifford has appointed Tom Slater deputy manager of its Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust.

He will work alongside James Anderson, the group’s chief investment officer and lead manager of the trust.

Slater, an investment manager in the group’s long-term global growth team, has worked in various investment departments since joining Baillie Gifford in 2000.

He will assist with investment selection and appraisal for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, and also assist with shareholder communication and presentations.

The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust has total assets of £1.97 billion and total borrowings of £299.76m, according to its latest factsheet.


Aviva cutting premiums for critical cover with exclusions

Aviva is reducing premiums for its critical-illness plan when policy exclusions apply. Premiums on policies which have cancer or multiple sclerosis exclusions will be cut. Aviva says this means customers with pre-existing conditions or family history can still get CI cover and pay only for the level of cover they receive. Aviva chief underwriter Michael […]


UK needs to capitalise on ageing population

A senior UBS economist has warned that the UK must radically change the way it thinks about what the ageing population contributes to the economy to avoid future financial crises, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Sense of value

The year of the Olympics and the RDR is 2012. Are you ready? Time is ticking away before the RDR comes into force and advisers have to decide whether their business models are viable in a post-RDR world. Advisers have to ensure their practices are in the best possible shape and this shape comes in […]

Value remains within European equities

By Rob Burnett, Neptune European Opportunities Fund

In recent months, investors have become more pessimistic about both the European and the US economic outlook and yet stockmarkets have pushed on to new highs. Some would argue that this is a worrying divergence. We would take the opposite view. This appears to be classic bull market behaviour. A wall of worry has been rebuilt, and stockmarket resilience should be taken as a sign of strength. The market is discounting an improving economic outlook ahead, particularly in the south of Europe.


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