Apr 15, 2009

“Today, enough of talking – it is time now to do,” said Tony Blair upon entering Downing Street in 1997 as the first Labour prime minister in the UK for 18 years. It all seems rather far away and we may argue until the cows (or indeed the Tories) come home about the Blair legacy. No matter, the sentiment expressed is surely valid, and within our own industry it could be applied most usefully to one of Mr Blair’s favourite hobby horses: education.

Apr 09, 2009

The business suit was always incongruous as a symbol of radical protest - but last week things changed. A small but significant number of financial professionals in the besieged City of London ignored HR’s motherly advice to dress casually and instead buttoned down collars and straightened up ties before boarding the morning train.

Feb 25, 2009

The news on Monday 23 February that Citigroup may be quasi-nationalised provides evidence, if any were needed, that the global financial crisis still has plenty of rabbits up its sleeve. To relax would be foolhardy. Stay alert or risk being bitten by one of our buck-toothed friends.

Feb 17, 2009

Ethical and tracker funds have been more successful at holding on to assets in the downturn than other types of funds – at least in the UK. This is according to statistics from the UK Investment Management Association (IMA) released last week.

Feb 16, 2009

After a year of unprecedented turmoil and withdrawals, net sales figures for December 2008 provided some surprises of a positive kind, according to latest analysis from Lipper FMI, released last week. Fiona Rintoul comments...

Feb 04, 2009

There's a battle outside / And it is ragin' / It'll soon shake your windows / And rattle your walls / For the times they are a-changin'. Bob Dylan wrote these words in 1963, but they seem to fit rather well in today’s climate, particularly within the finance industry.