Value Investing Back In Vogue?

Who can blame them? The global market has had the stabilisers on since 2009, courtesy of monetary policy and an encouragement to embrace risk. These are the ideal conditions for …

The Comeback Kid?

But this much-maligned mechanism may be about to make something of a comeback as pension funds and other institutional investors turn to ever more esoteric investments, such as synthetic securitisation, …

No Caviar — We’re Retirees

Although ‘precarious’ is possibly a little too light to describe the situation, others may prefer: ‘impending financial catastrophe and meltdown!’ What’s clear as (fresh) water however is that there’s nothing …

Lisa Launch Delay?

One of ex-Chancellor George Osborne’s flagship savings schemes, the Lisa is set to launch in April 2017. But with providers calling for a one year delay as they seek clarification …

Brexit Bounce-Back?

Luxembourg, Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin, Malta … all fund jurisdictions hoping to benefit from the UK’s vote to leave the EU. But while industry insiders in these countries may be rubbing …

Exit Fees Shown the Door

The introduction of a cap on excessive early exit fees for those accessing retirement funds under new pension freedoms rules in the UK met a mixed response. The announcement by …

Wealthy Decision Dilemmas

Beyond the macro sphere, wealth managers are approaching a crossroads of their own as increasing discontent among high net worth investors over servicing levels and the cost of financial advice …

Bumbling Along

Optimists have a tendency to hail the notion of boundlessness as well as the absence of limits. Unfortunately in reality, constraints and limits do exist – sometimes this is good …

Geiger Counter-Fear

There are two broad themes impacting investors globally at present; hysteresis and uncertainty. Arguably there is a third background theme of financial repression, but if we focus on the two …

Bright Touch Regulation?

Light touch, right touch, heavy touch, soft touch…all labels describing the different regulatory approaches adopted down the years. But across the pond, the latest strategy — whereby US regulators are …

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