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New appointment boosts Hargreave Hale York team

Hargreave Hale has announced the appointment of David Clinkard to its investment management team based at the firm’s York office. David joins as an investment director from Brewin Dolphin, where he was a divisional director based in Newcastle. He has more than 28 years’ industry experience, having begun his career at Wise Speke as an investment […]

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Lack of corporate access is limiting opportunities for non-North American companies, BNY Mellon investor survey finds

43% of investor respondents rate existing corporate access levels to non-North American companies as average or poor; 60% of respondents say lack of access eliminates a non-North American firm from their portfolio universe North American investors say they need more and better access to non-North American companies to gain greater confidence or initiate a position […]

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Is the increased volatility in currency markets reflecting worries about future economic performance? – comment from David Jane, manager of Miton’s Multi Asset funds

“It is notable that there has been a recent increase in currency volatility. This can be seen most clearly outside the biggest currency pairs. Recent moves in the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar and Brazilian Real may be explained by a locally specific reason in each case but the sharpness of the moves may indicate […]

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Sackers: FCA must address indemnity and capacity for IGCs 

Helen Ball, partner at Sackers, responds to the FCA’s consultation on proposed rules for independent governance committees (IGCs): “Many of the proposed rules put forward by the FCA reflect procedures and processes which are already used effectively in the governance of trust-based schemes. These should all be familiar and workable in practice. However, issues of indemnity […]

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Non-Eurozone companies have outshone those in the Eurozone throughout 2014 – update from Euromoney Indices

A £10,000 investment across a broad range of non-Eurozone equities made on 1 January 2014 was worth £10,980 at the end of Q3 (a rise of 9.8%*), £555 more than an investment in Eurozone equities, which returned 4.25%, according to the Euromoney EMIX Europe Index Series. Denmark and Switzerland were the best performing countries up […]

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“Infrastructure is an important piece in the recovery jigsaw” – comment from David Jane, manager of Miton’s Multi Asset funds

“The importance of infrastructure investment in helping to boost weak global growth was highlighted in September’s G20 Communique. “Investment in infrastructure has been weak in many economies yet it is an important piece in the recovery jigsaw due to its ability to underpin sustainable economic growth. It tends to do this by improving demand in […]

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The big supermarkets are here to stay, says Thomas Miller Investment

Andrew Herberts, Head of Private Investment Management, Thomas Miller Investment, comments on the supermarket war and what it means to investors:  “Share prices at Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s have plummeted. The large, traditional supermarkets face competition from both sides of the spectrum and appear to be losing share to the “high end” players and the discounters. Over […]

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St. James’s Place Women in Business Initiative Event

St. James’s Place will be holding their second annual event ‘Mind the Gap’ on 13 November 2014 hosted by Baroness Patience Wheatcroft, to celebrate women in business. The event will show case how a career in financial services with St. James’s Place can overcome institutional barriers and the work life balance faced by so many […]

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Swiss & Global AM: ECB ABS purchase programme a continued boost for the sector

Comment from Matthias Wildhaber, portfolio manager of the JB Multibond ABS Fund. Yesterday’s announcement from the ECB on its ABS purchasing programme will not only help provide funding to the real economy, but also prove a continued boost to the attractiveness of European ABS to investors. The ECB’s initial confirmation of its purchase programme last […]

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Sackers: Tension between auto-enrolment and Budget retirement flexibilities

Commenting on the second anniversary of the introduction of the auto-enrolment legislation Fuat Sami, partner at Sackers, says: “We have seen employers take two rather different approaches to auto-enrolment in the last two years.  While there are many employers for whom, understandably, the main priority has been to comply with the law, some employers have viewed […]

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