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Threadneedle bolsters fixed income team

Threadneedle has appointed Jonathan Pitkänen as head of investment grade research.

Pitkänen takes on the role following the appointment of Jim Cielinski to become head of fixed income from October.

Pitkänen joins on September 15, 2010, and will report to David Oliphant, who manages the group’s corporate bond fund. He will manage the credit analyst team and oversee the investment grade process. Pitkänen previously worked at Aviva Investors for four years as a credit analyst.



Housing institute warns “golden age of home ownership” is over

The Chartered Institute of Housing has urged housing providers and the Government to come up with more housing options for those forced into rented accommodation because they are too poor to get on the housing ladder. In a report, widening the rental housing market, the CIH says the “golden age of home ownership” has come […]

Buoyant Standard plans fund developments

Standard Life is to launch a new fund proposition, encompassing a guided fund range and a range of risk-based funds. The firm announced in its interim results last week it is developing the new investment proposition to streamline its online experience and help customers obtain “simpler, more appropriate” investment solutions. It will be launched initially […]

Macquarie wrap rethink

Macquarie is offering a range of new features for its wrap, including improved uploading of client assets and the ability to monitor and manage clients’ model portfolios. Advisers can make changes to model portfolios online without having to contact Macquarie. The platform is also offering better visibility of trades and transfers carried out on the […]


Close Asset Management appoints senior duo

Close Asset Management has appointed Andrew Gillespie as marketing director and Anita Juneja as head of strategic relationships. Gillespie joins from Standard Life where he was managing director of marketing in the UK. He is expected to raise the firm’s profile among private and institutional investors and will report to head of UK wealth management […]

UK gilts: Shaken and stirred

Mike Riddell, fixed income portfolio manager at Allianz Global Investors, reviews the performance of the UK government bonds market post-Brexit and assesses its future prospects, as well as giving his outlook for global fixed income markets and yields movements. In addition, he provides a brief analysis of the impact of Brexit and the Bank of […]


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