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St.James’s Place Capital adds to board

St.James’s Place Capital has bolstered its board with the appointment of two independent non-executive directors.
Simon Gulliford, chief executive of marketing consultancy Simon Gullliford Limited, and Mike Power, professor of accounting and director of ESRC centre for analysis risk and regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science, join following the retirement of Lord Weir and Anthony Loehnis.
Gulliford was previously group marketing director of Barclays and is a council member of of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and a fellow of the Marketing Society.
Power is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an associate of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation.


Independent view – Nicholas Conyers

Any discussion between those born in Yorkshire or Scotland will include a lot of good banter. Typically, both accuse the other of, shall we say, being similar in their outlook towards their personal finances.

Chilton on Mortgages

Topically, I should be reviewing the first six months of FSA regulation which passed over the bank holiday. Instead, I am going to focus on the cost impact of the Victorian approach that the majority of lenders are burdening the industry with, perhaps appropriate at a time when MG Rover collapses due to years of failing to move with the times.

Japan Economic Insight

James Dowey, Chief Economist, and Paul Caruana-Galizia, Economist

The conventional wisdom is that following a roughly 50 per cent rise in the stock market in 2013 in Yen terms, the Japan trade is over and done*. So the story goes, those big gains were due to a one-off boost from quantitative easing (QE) and a depreciation of the Yen — policies that one should think of as a palliative to Japan’s economic weakness, but not a cure. Rather the cure, and by implication the necessary condition for a longer-term investment case, is deep structural reforms — a painstaking re-weaving of Japan’s economic and social fabric, no less. The story continues: this is a much tougher test than launching a blast of QE, and one that prime minister Shinzo Abe, although well intentioned and well supported by the public thus far, is likely to fail. Stick a fork in Japan, it’s done…continue reading


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