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MiFID II and the rise of RegTech in 2017

Matt Gibbs, Product Manager at Linedata, the leading international software and technology provider, comments on the key regulatory challenges facing financial services organisations in 2017, and how a more holistic regulatory technology approach should be adopted to reduce mounting pressure. “MiFID II looks set to remain the key regulatory focus for financial services firms in […]

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OPEC production cut puts oil market in supply deficit

“OPEC members yesterday agreed to cut daily oil output by 1.2 million barrels”, comments Roberto Cominotto, portfolio manager at GAM. “This marks the first production cut since 2008 and most importantly puts an end to the cartel’s two year strategy of flooding the oil market to push out high-cost producers. Surprisingly, Russia also seems to […]

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Miton’s Anthony Rayner: The mighty US dollar?

A stronger US dollar should boost developed export-driven economies like Japan and the Eurozone, but US exporters will be harder hit if current strength continues. We now have exposure to large Japanese exporters to benefit from an improving global economy and any yen weakness and trends are becoming over-crowded very quickly, while we remain alert for the […]

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Miton’s David Jane: Brexit, Trump – what next?

David Jane, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range comments: While each political upset is individually hard to predict, we are seeing material changes to the political status quo. A major driver of this has been the acceleration of the incomes of the richest, while the average person’s income in the developed world has stagnated. In […]

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Chancellor sticks his head in the sand on pensions

Matthew Brown, Private Client Partner at Thomas Miller Investment, comments on changes around pensions rules in the Autumn Statement We had a new Chancellor at the despatch box today, and like his predecessors he couldn’t resist tweaking the pensions’ rules.  What is revealing though is that he has all but ruled out tackling the state […]

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Northern Ireland and Scotland see steepest decline in October mortgage sales

The Home Counties and South Coast were the only regions to report mortgage sales growth in October (+2.5% and +1.0% respectively), according to Equifax Touchstone analysis of the intermediary marketplace. Northern Ireland and Scotland saw the biggest slump at -8.7% and -5.2% respectively. Buy-to-let mortgage sales for the month fell by 5.3% (-£153.7m) on September […]

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Autumn Statement – Scrap the taper

Ian Price, Divisional Director for Pensions and Consultancy at St. James’s Place, explains why he supports revoking the pensions taper.  Last month, the government scrapped George Osborne’s blueprint for a second-hand annuity market, following concerns about consumer protection. Now there are calls for the new chancellor, Philip Hammond, to overturn some of his predecessor’s other […]

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Miton’s Anthony Rayner: Is it all over for bonds?

Anthony Rayner, manager of Miton’s multi-asset fund range, comments: Our view has been that for much of this year, the economic environment has been improving. Economic growth data have shown a recovery across the major economies and inflation has shown something of a pick-up. At the same time, political risk has been rising. There have been […]

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Ensuring the safe use of lifeboats

The death of a crewman and injury of four others during a recent lifeboat drill has once again drawn attention to the danger posed by the complexity of modern lifeboats. Captain Anuj Velankar, P&I executive and Loss Prevention Advisor, UK P&I Club, reviews the issues around lifeboats and offers suggestions for safer usage: “A study […]

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