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US advice firm opens first London office

Brown Advisory, a US-based specialist investment advice firm, is opening its first office in London. The firm focuses on US equities but says moving to the UK will give it better access to the UK and Europe.

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Martin Foden discusses how convenience is affecting the construction of fixed income portfolios

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