Articles by David Prosser

Why fund managers need to be better listeners

By David Prosser on February 7, 2017

Fund managers are good at communicating with investors and potential investors: they publish a broad range of information, some fund-specific, some not, and make imaginative use of creative design; they’re also increasingly savvy about the power…

Opportunity from adversity: why fund managers should welcome the FCA’s criticisms

By David Prosser on January 10, 2017
FCA Criticism

The Financial Conduct Authority’s interim report on the asset management sector could hardly be more damning. It accuses fund managers, particularly those who run active funds, of failing to do their job properly (since so few…

The People’s Trust: a new model for investor engagement?

By David Prosser on December 30, 2016

It’s fair to say Daniel Godfrey, the founder of The People’s Trust, a new investment company raising funds for a launch in 2017, has ruffled a few feathers over the years. He was once a combative…

Performance measurement and reporting: the next battleground

By David Prosser on December 6, 2016

How will asset managers adapt to the changing demographics of their client base, which will increasingly be dominated by digital savvy millennials in the years ahead? The challenge will be twofold; not only do these investors…

Content can be king for asset managers

By David Prosser on November 23, 2016

Asset managers increasingly believe that focusing on the customer experience is a crucial challenge as they explore digital transformation and how it might enable them to compete in the evolving marketplace. But what does that mean…

Asset managers get assertive: revisiting the Sports Direct case

By David Prosser on November 1, 2016

Activist investment on corporate governance matters has long been a delicate subject. While some asset managers and other institutional investors have always taken the view that responsible shareholders engage with companies through on-going discussion and active…

Blockchain: Why asset managers must stop standing on the sidelines

By David Prosser on October 18, 2016

There may be disagreement over when blockchain technologies will be widely adopted by capital markets and the rest of the financial services industry – and even over which applications offer the most alluring use cases –…

Are UK Fund Managers Jeopardising Transparency?

By David Prosser on October 4, 2016
UK fund manger transparency

Neil Woodford is used to making headlines, but his firm, Woodford Investment Management, is in the news for slightly different reasons right now. The UK’s best-known fund manager has announced he is to scrap bonuses at…

Why FinServ Companies are Still Failing to Attract Female Customers

By David Prosser on September 22, 2016
FinServ Still Failing to Attract Female Customers

Does your asset management firm struggle with a lack of female customers? If so, you’re almost certainly not alone – many financial services companies are failing to attract women and while 17 percent of men have…

What Does GDPR Mean for UK Advisers Post-Brexit?

By David Prosser on August 30, 2016

Asset managers tempted to relax when it comes to the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) now the UK has voted to leave the EU should think again. The GDPR comes into full effect…

Asset Management After Brexit: Why No News is Not Good News

By David Prosser on August 16, 2016
Asset Management After Brexit

If you’re in the fund management business, it doesn’t get much tougher than the sort of task that has faced firms including M&G, Aviva, Standard Life and Aberdeen since the Brexit vote. Each of them has…

Why Asset Managers Must Speak With One Voice

By David Prosser on August 3, 2016
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We all say different things to different people from time to time, generally with confidence that a nuance here and an emphasis there won’t come back to haunt us. For asset managers, however, the risk of…