New Star Asset Management has promoted UK growth fund manager Stephen Whittaker to the role of joint chief investment officer, serving alongside Alan Miller. Whittaker will continue to manage the UK growth fund, which he took over from Miller in July 2002.
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By whatever name they are known, exchange traded funds can be the jewel in the crown of any portfolio by offering a low-cost element of index tracking, freeing up the active managers to concentrate on outperformance, says Seven Investment Management marketing director Justin Urquhart Stewart
University graduates risk cutting their pension funds in half by delaying contributions until they are 30, warns HSBC. Almost half of young people believe they are too young to prioritise their pension, with 48 per cent of 16-24-year-olds ignoring the need for a pension. Research by NOP in February for HSBC questioned 981 adults aged […]
We are at an important point in the development of Asian economies. In the near term, they face challenges which, on the basis of historic patterns, could be expected to lead to weakness in the region’s stockmarkets. Higher oil and commodity prices will impact on Asian companies, which still depend heavily on imports of such materials.
Paul Fidell, Head of Business Development (Investments), writes about one of the primary challenges for those involved in estate planning. He looks at dealing with investment uncertainty in these low growth, low inflation but still volatile investment conditions. Protection of capital, to leave something for beneficiaries, is a fundamental objective of many people’s plans for […]
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