In brief

  • October, 2017

    Warning over inflation surprises

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    Investors have been warned about three technical factors driving this year’s inflation surprises, by a bond fund manager. The warning comes after many market indicators are discounting inflation rising, despite the fact that central banks are expected to start normalising policy, particularly in the US. Jonathan Baltora, manager of the AXA WF Inflation ...

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  • October, 2017

    Retirees moving abroad should face a tax penalty

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    Pensions administration specialist Trafalgar House has called for tax penalties if pension fund members move abroad to save money. Trafalgar House said that pension funds and the government face unnecessary costs from overseas pensions transfers. Alan Berry, service delivery manager at Trafalgar House, commented: “The UK pensions industry has long had a ...

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  • October, 2017

    UK inflation to peak then stay high

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    UK inflation, which reached 3% in September, will peak in the coming months as the post-Brexit vote currency effects are passed onto investors, according to fund manager Newton Investment Management. Newton multi-asset portfolio manager, Paul Flood, said that inflation, as measured by the consumer price index (CPI) will peak at 3.1% in November. Flood ...

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  • October, 2017

    Managers adapt to the prospect of a change in monetary policy

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    Fund manager Hermes said that after a decade of ultra-loose monetary conditions, three major central banks in the US, Europe and the UK could be about to start normalising policy. Hermes co-head of credit, Fraser Lundie, commented: “As we emerge from this central bank-induced bubble, we will use our mandate to invest worldwide and throughout capital ...

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  • October, 2017

    UK rate rise a “modest boost for pensions”

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    The Bank of England’s decision to raise the base rate by 25 basis points has been called a modest boost for pension funds by Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London and former pension minister. Webb commented after the first UK rate rise in a decade: “If today marks a turning point in interest rates this should signal a gradual recovery in ...

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  • October, 2017

    Women account for just 11% of senior staff at alternative assets firms

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    According to data provider Preqin, women make up only 11% of senior staff at alternative asset firms, and 19% of employees overall. The research by Preqin found that the proportion of women employees declines with seniority, with women accounting for 29% of junior employees. Women take as many as 53% of investor relations or marketing roles at venture ...

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