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Threadneedle’s Davis to take over European fund

Threadneedle fund manager Nick Davis is taking over the firm’s £583m European fund, as part of a reshuffle caused by the resignation of head of global equities Jeremy Podger. Davis currently runs the £12.3m pan-European equity dividend fund which he will continue to run.

The firm announced yesterday that Podger has resigned from Threadneedle to run the £1.5bn global special situations fund at Fidelity Worldwide Investment. He will replace Jorma Korhonen as the manager of the fund in March next year.

Podger’s £736.7m global select fund will be managed by his replacement William Davies, who was previously head of European equities at the firm and now will be taking up the role of head of global equities. New hire Neil Robson will take over the £8m Threadneedle global extended alpha fund.


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Ex-law firm partner guilty of £19m loan scam

A former partner at solicitors’ firm Mishcon de Reya has been convicted of forgery and fraud for his part in a £19m loan scam. Kevin James Steele was convicted of forgery and two fraud offences at Southwark Crown Court today. Two other defendants, Michael Andrew Shephard and Mark Terence Pattinson, pleaded guilty before trial. In […]

MM Profile: Shirley Hylands and Lucy Matthews

Two directors at Rowanmoor Pensions believe the firm will prosper amid the pension and regulatory upheaval as it offers a balance of high tech and personal service. Interview by Rachael Adams


Small pot commutation rules extended to personal pensions

The Government has announced an extension to trivial commutation rules which will allow people with personal pension pots worth £2,000 or less to commute a maximum of two such pots in their lifetime. Currently, people can take a pension pot as cash after the reach age 60 if the total value of all their pension […]


Neptune video: Abenomics: the impetus for Japan’s fast-track recovery?

The remarkable performance of the TOPIX over the past year has caused many sceptical equity investors to look again at the Japanese market. These returns have come despite very significant problems facing the Japanese economy. Chris Taylor, manager of the Neptune Japan Opportunities Fund, discusses these problems and whether Abenomics will be able to overcome them, enabling the market to continue to rise.

In the video, Taylor addresses the following:

• The size and speed of Japan’s unprecedented monetary policy
• Abenomics and the implications should it fail
• Corporate Japan and beneficiaries of government policy


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