In my opinion

IN MY OPINION

Three cheers for the innovators of Switzerland & three lashes for the UK’s Financial Services gatekeepers

Three cheers for the innovators of Switzerland & three lashes for the UK’s Financial Services gatekeepers

By Allan Lane, Algo-Chain – If you are a Discretionary Fund Manager running Model Portfolios on financial adviser platforms, you will often find that ETFs available on one platform are not available on another, which invariably forces the manager to oversee multiple incarnations of what is meant to be the same portfolio.

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With the wrong type of smoke signals emanating from the FCA, what does the future hold for the UK’s Financial Services sector?

With the wrong type of smoke signals emanating from the FCA, what does the future hold for the UK’s Financial Services sector?

By Allan Lane, Algo-Chain – With the news that PayPal has entered the cryptocurrency market, quickly followed by the world’s biggest ever IPO, where Ant, the financial services arm of Alibaba, raised USD34 billion from investors, it would be fair to say that 2020 has proven to be a breakthrough year for the FinTech movement.  With Alipay reputedly accounting for USD17,000,000,000,000 in online payments, and with Ant’s share issue taking place in Asia rather than the US, the sheer scale of what is at stake here will not be lost on many.

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2020 – What does the global pandemic teach us about ESG investing?

2020 – What does the global pandemic teach us about ESG investing?

By Linda Zhang (pictured), CEO, Purview Investments – "While writing this piece in Manhattan, I can’t imagine what New York City would be like if it were shut down for 24 hours.” This was how I started a publication about the impact of the Covid-19 shutdown in China on the world economy and capital markets in late February. A couple of weeks later, the city entered a state of shelter in place. Five months later, my beloved city and many parts of the world are still in various states of shutdown.

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The spectre of further market volatility haunts investors as they look for income

The spectre of further market volatility haunts investors as they look for income

After the mother of all market selloffs in March and the mother of all market rebounds in April, it is long overdue to survey the debris that some investors might mistake for a well-constructed portfolio. As an income investor one should really ‘beware the Ides of March’ and in this article I will review four sources of income and the risks that come with that territory.

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Rumi Mahmood, head of ETF research, Nutmeg, shares his thoughts on how ETFs behaved during the market crisis of early 2020

Rumi Mahmood, head of ETF research, Nutmeg, shares his thoughts on how ETFs behaved during the market crisis of early 2020

We’ve long held the view that in the next market downturn, somewhere down the line ETFs would be vilified. And that happened, initially, with headlines noting: wild swings in premiums/discounts; illusion of liquidity; exacerbating volatility. But after the initial hysteria and alarmist headlines, as calmer heads prevailed and market participants shared their truths, the tune changed, and ETFs emerged as a hero in troublesome times.