Wealth Management

Central Banks Are Doing the Unthinkable – Buying Stocks

By Karen Riccio on June 19, 2017
Global-Stocks

Low interest rates are a borrower’s best friend, a fixed-income investor’s worst nightmare, and one reason many people suggest the integrity of global stock markets is in serious jeopardy. It’s one thing when a group of…

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo

By Karen Riccio on June 7, 2017
DOL-White-House

With U.S. President Donald Trump past the official 100-day honeymoon period of his first term, I’d like to be able to report a little more certainty on the fate of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary…

Do elections matter to fund investors?

By David Prosser on May 31, 2017
Election-fund-investors

Let’s put it this way: an election certainly represents an opportunity for investment commentators to indulge in a spot of name awareness, issuing predictions about what the latest political twists and turns might mean for markets….

Robo-advice must evolve into valuable financial planning

By Tim Cooper on May 25, 2017
Robo-financial-planning

Robert Forbes of London-based wealth manager Stadden Forbes is planning to take robo-advice to a new level by offering a comprehensive digital financial planning service. While he admits it is a big challenge to offer regulated…

Fighting Cybercrime with Technology and Employee Training

By Karen Riccio on May 15, 2017
Cybercrime Training

Investment firms and financial companies are constantly under the microscope of regulatory agencies to prove that adequate security controls are in place to protect sensitive client data and accounts. To most CEOs, that means adhering to…

Why asset managers must learn to love fund research agencies

By David Prosser on May 11, 2017
Fund-research-love

How crucial is fund research in helping investors and financial advisers to decide on which funds deserve their time and money? The short answer is very, whether you’re marketing direct to a retail audience or targeting…

Could big data save active managers crushed by low-cost passives?

By David Prosser on May 3, 2017
Big-data

BlackRock’s latest fee cuts suggest it too is feeling the power of cheap passive strategies, but it hopes to fight back with investments in big data and analytics. When the world’s largest asset management business is…

Dodd-Frank Reform: Why Would It Force the UK to Relax Regulation?

By Graham Jarvis on April 19, 2017

US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on 3rd February 2017 to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulations, which were brought in to prevent another 2008 financial crisis.  Simon French, Panmure Gordon’s chief economist, explains…

Getting ready for GDPR

By David Prosser on April 12, 2017

New data regulation due to come into force in just over a year’s time will bring challenges, but also opportunities. Thirteen months and counting. In May 2018, new laws on data protection and privacy come into…

Why 2017 could be the year for action on robo-advice

By Tim Cooper on April 5, 2017
Robo-advice-2017

After years of regulatory change centred on the retail distribution review (RDR), many organisations are now ready to join the robo-advice revolution. Having watched the RDR landscape evolve and pioneering technologies develop, the industry is turning…

Fund managers, who are you talking to?

By David Prosser on March 29, 2017
Fund-managers-talking

Fund managers who are targeting marketing materials and other communications at financial advisers may be surprised by just how many of them are outsourcing investment decisions. The intermediary sector is an obvious priority focus for fund…

We need more data sharing now, says wealth and fund manager Priday

By Tim Cooper on March 22, 2017
Data-sharing

James Priday, managing director of Exeter- and London-based advisory firm Prydis Wealth and discretionary fund manager P1 Investment Management, is on a mission to revolutionise the use of technology in financial services. This includes a target…