The demise of Neil Woodford – what have we learnt?

By Shelly Durrant & Henry Adefope Neil Woodford – formerly the mercurial investment maverick renowned for his 25-year track record making stunning investment returns for investors, is now known as the man who lost it all. This month marks three years since the collapse of the Woodford Equity Income (WEI) fund that he managed –…

Inflation a big concern for pensions

By Gareth Jones As the world continues to focus on events in Ukraine, the impact of Russia’s invasion is beginning to be felt at home in our economy and in the cost of living. For the pensions sector, as with many other sectors, the immediate impact concerns inflation. UK inflation (along with global inflation) had…

Pensions overview of the month

By Sara Neidle As the world looks on in horror at the tragic events taking place in Ukraine, we are already seeing the economic, social, and human impact of the crisis as the situation continues to develop. As a result, several questions have arisen as the world decides how they will best respond. With new…

Financial Services sector get women and BAME on board

By Henry Adefope Sector exceeds Gov gender and BAME targets ahead of time In 2016, the government-backed Hampton-Alexander review set an ambitious target of 33% of executive board positions at FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 firms to be held by women by the end of 2020, while the 2017 Parker review set a10% representation target…

Brexit and the City: Where do we go from here?

By Gareth Jones This month marks one year since the end of the Brexit transition period and when UK financial services firms began operating under the new post-Brexit regime. For those wishing to assess these past 12 months on UK financial services (including banking, capital markets, asset management and insurance sectors), and the future prospects…

SEC Newgate UK’s Outlook for 2022

By members of the SEC Newgate UK team At the end of another tumultuous year socially, politically, economically and environmentally, we asked our colleagues for their views on the themes that are likely to dominate in 2022.    The collective sigh of relief that greeted the end of 2020 could scarcely have prepared us for another…

Financial services companies should listen to the voices within

By Henry Adefope Recently, DWS (formerly Deutsche Bank) became aware that they were being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission in the US, and the regulator in Germany (BaFin) forgreenwashing – an increasingly distasteful term in financial services (‘FS’).   The Hercule Poirot fans among you may be wondering where did the SEC and…