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Thoresen takes the reins at Aegon

Otto Thoresen has taken over as Aegon UK chief executive, succeeding David Henderson who retires in April. Thoresen was formerly finance director with the group. His first major tasks include a review of Aegon/Scottish Equitable’s branding strategy, developing relationships with banks and the life office’s future stance on stakeholder.

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Horlick will head new consultancy

The co-founder of SG Asset Management, Nicola Horlick, has taken the helm of newly-launched multi-management consultancy Bramdean Asset Management. Horlick will be chief executive of Bramdean, which is being backed by private investors and will start business this month, subject to regulatory approval. The firm has appointed Sir Derek Higgs as chairman and will have […]

Pru rejects PAS plea to review teachers’ AVCs

Prudential has rejected calls from the Government-sponsored Pensions Advisory Service to review AVC sales to teachers following misselling claims. PAS chief executive Malcolm McLean says some teachers were missold AVCs by the Pru when they would have been better off buying added years in the teachers’ final-salary scheme. He says: “It is misselling because it […]

Honours awarded to financial services community

The Queen’s New Year’s honours list awarded decorations to members of the financial services community including FSA deputy chair Stewart Boyd and the Co-operative Bank Financial Services former chief-executive Mervyn Kay Pedelty. Boyd receives an OBE for services to the finance sector while Pedelty receives a knighthood for services to business and charity.

Citigroup – Enhanced Growth Plan V

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Identifying best-in-class UK stocks — Mark Martin, Neptune UK Opportunities Fund

FE Alpha Manager Mark Martin assumed management of the multi-cap UK Opportunities Fund at the beginning of February. As manager of the highly regarded UK Mid Cap Fund, Martin has begun restructuring the new portfolio to focus on our very best UK stock ideas from across the FTSE All-Share Index. In this video, update Martin addresses:

– Themes informing the UK Opportunities Fund
– The multi-cap structure of the fund
– UK equity valuations

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