May 2018


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  • How investors can affect plastic reduction

    19 April 2018

    Investors with a focus on sustainability can help reduce plastic pollution, says Claudia Quiroz, investment director and lead investment manager for Quilter Cheviot’s Climate Assets Fund This year’s Earth Day is focussed on ending plastic pollution; with a million plastic bottles purchases every minute around the world, and estimates suggesting an increase of 20%...

  • Are the markets set to see greater volatility?

    18 April 2018

    Is there greater market volatility ahead? AJ Bell investment director Russ Mould believes there is. Mould believes that investors have not yet seen anything in terms of volatility, if previous patterns are to be followed. The FTSE 100 has seen just 14 daily movements of more than 1% this year, compared to an average...

  • Mixed Asset funds benefit from volatility in markets

    17 April 2018

    Mixed Asset was the best selling asset class in February, as stockmarket volatility increased with the fall in markets from the first week of that month. Investment Association data show that Mixed Asset significantly outstripped other asset classes, pulling in £1 billion in net retail sales in February, with Money Market (£455m) and Property...

  • Parmenion and Sanlam launch joint onshore bond

    15 April 2018

    Platform provider Parmenion has teamed up with Sanlam to launch an open architecture onshore bond.  Parmenion said planners will have greater flexibility in building wealth solutions for their clients, with access to a wide number and range of portfolio solutions. Richard Goodall, distribution and marketing director, Parmenion (pictured), said: “We are excited to be...

  • The Only Constant Is Change…. and number crunching

    15 April 2018

    With an ever changing investment environment number crunching is core but it must be supplemented with effective qualitative analysis in order to keep up with the market, argues Richard Philbin, chief investment officer at Wellian Investment Solutions. Our investment process is a multi-faceted one. Our investment universe is every collective investment available for distribution within the UK and includes...

  • The Grand National or Investing?

    12 April 2018

    Justin Urquhart Stewart, co-founder and head of Corporate Development, Seven Investment Management takes a view. It’s estimated that a quarter of UK adults bet on the Grand National. Meanwhile, not too dissimilar numbers – 22% of women and 29% of men, according to Boring Money – think of investing as a form of gambling. I...

  • Markets struggle to see road ahead

    11 April 2018

    Markets are entering a scratching of the head period, suggests Anthony Rayner, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range A number of multi-decade, multi-dimensional trends are currently being challenged. From an economic perspective, we have moved from a disinflationary environment, which has dominated since the 1980s, to an inflationary environment. Geopolitically, globalisation and free trade,...

  • Consumers struggle with drawdown complexity

    10 April 2018

    Advice and investment pathways are necessary to avoid consumers putting themselves at risk, say commentators. A new review by the FCA has found that demand for drawdown has risen, yet many consumers are struggling with the complexity of decision making around the rules. In the review, the FCA said that while firms were providing...