September 2017


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  • The power of Disruption

    7 August 2017

    When a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world, it is argued that a hurricane can eventually be formed in some other part of the world, or so says Chaos Theory. Richard Philbin, chief investment officer at Wellian Investment Solutions explores the possible knock on “disruptions” could have on the investment...

  • Baillie Gifford launches Positive Change Fund

    31 July 2017

    Baillie Gifford has launched a Positive Change Fund, which aims to contribute to a more sustainable world for future generations while making attractive long-term returns for investors. The fund, managed by a team of six fund managers and two corporate governance specialists, will invest in companies for whom delivering a positive change by contributing...

  • Will positive trend in the market continue for the rest of 2017?

    27 July 2017

    Nathan Sweeney, senior investment manager, Architas looks at whether the strong and stable run for markets we’ve seen so far this year could last. The first half of 2017 has proved a remarkably benign period for markets. For all the concerns about elections, both planned and impromptu, the ‘Trump bump’ becoming a ‘Trump slump’, and broader...

  • New industry body launched to ‘revolutionise’ data movement and automation processes

    26 July 2017

    Criterion, an independent, not-for-profit industry body for Standards and Governance has been launched to take forward and expand upon the existing work undertaken over the past 25 years by Origo in the UK’s long-term savings, investment and protection markets. Caroline Mansley has been named as managing director and said that keeping the consumer front-of-mind...

  • Income Investing: European CLOs

    24 July 2017

    Benoit Pellegrini, partner of Chenavari, the portfolio manager of Toro Limited, explains the make-up and benefits of collateralised loan obligations (CLOs), the vehicles in which bank loans can be securitised. One year on from the Brexit vote and the UK’s political landscape is less certain following the inconclusive June elections. The last twelve months...

  • Brexometer Index reveals latest investor sentiment towards Brexit

    24 July 2017

    Institutional investors are feeling more confident around Brexit and expect to see an increasing in the level of investment risk taken over the next 3-5 years, as well as into UK assets, according to the latest Brexometer Index published by State Street Corporation. The index is a quarterly pulse survey of institutional investor sentiment...

  • Thesis adds to European exposure as political risk subsides

    20 July 2017

    Thesis Asset Management has added to its exposure of European equities in light of recent political events throughout the continent across six of its seven model portfolios. James Nield, investment manager at Thesis, said with European equity markets buoyed by the French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron winning in both the presidential and legislative elections,...

  • Turning point for bonds?

    18 July 2017

    Volatility, particularly in bond and currency markets, has picked up of late. Miton’s Anthony Rayner looks at the market influences driving that movement.  Despite muted inflationary pressures, we’ve observed a change in the “forward guidance” from a number of central banks. It’s not clear whether it was coordinated or not, but it certainly feels like more...