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  • Strong year for China but has its growth peaked?

    23 January 2018

    Craig Botham, Schroders Emerging Markets Economist provides an overview and what to look out for in 2018. Chinese Gross Domestic Product (GDP) surprised to the upside in the final quarter of 2017, coming in at 6.8% annual growth, unchanged from the previous quarter despite output restrictions aimed at controlling pollution and an ongoing credit...

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  • Defaqto offers MiFID-compliant data free to adviser firms

    22 January 2018

    As part of its drive to help adviser firms meet their MiFID II requirements, Defaqto is offering additional information through its financial planning software solution Engage.  Following the introduction of MiFID II on the 3 January 2018 , Defaqto said the information would assist advisers in becoming more efficient in delivering compliant advice. The new...

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  • Artificial Intelligence – investors should keep their eye on London

    22 January 2018

    The UK is Europe’s dominant player in Artificial Intelligence. Chris Ford, manager of the Smith & Williamson Artificial Intelligence fund looks at what it must do to retain its position. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing parts of the global economy. Estimates vary, but one report from Markets and Markets estimates...

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  • 7IM hosts 12 ‘Retirement Challenge’ adviser roadshows

    22 January 2018

    Seven Investment Management (7IM) is hosting a series of regional adviser roadshows at 12 locations up and down the UK over the next few weeks. Entitled ‘The Retirement Challenge’, the roadshows start in Scotland and end in Bournemouth. The events are free and CPD certificates are available. Justin Urquhart Stewart, co-founder and head of...

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  • Dynamic Planner adds 5 risk-targeted portfolios from DFM Bordier

    21 January 2018

    Bordier UK has partnered with Dynamic Planner to launch five risk-targeted managed portfolios.  The Bordier UK Risk Targeted Managed Service model portfolios, which cover Dynamic Planner risk profiles 3 to 7, will be available directly through Bordier UK. Platform availability is set to be announced shortly. Dynamic Planner said the portfolios will offer clients...

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  • Potential end to 9-year bull run requires investor prudence

    18 January 2018

    The nine-year bull run may be coming to an end and investors should be prudent in their asset allocation, according to Aegon.  The pensions and insurance provider looked at the end points of the previous four bull runs – 2002-2007, 1990-2000, 1987-90 and 1982-87 – and examined common themes and differences for clues as to...

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  • FE reports nearly all managers met MiFID II data deadline

    16 January 2018

    Almost all asset managers working with FE’s Regulatory Data Services to disseminate MiFID data to distributors such as platforms, have met the January deadline imposed by regulators, the research company said. For the past six months, FE’s Regulatory Data Services team has been working on behalf of 18 platforms to gather data from asset...

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  • New standards body set to help industry deal with evolving market  

    16 January 2018

    Criterion, the newly formed industry body, has appointed four non-executive directors to the board, as it looks to help the industry deal with changes arising from the ongoing impact of the pensions freedoms, fintech innovation and implementation of the ambitions of government and the regulator. The body is focussed on the development of sustainable...

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