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Martin Gilbert: “We must be out of touch”

Martin_GilbertInterviewed at the Calastone Connect Forum in April, Standard Life Aberdeen’s Martin Gilbert tells us why he admires Donald Trump and which tech giant he fears entering the asset management space.

America’s election of Donald Trump and Britain’s vote to leave the EU confounded not only the political and media elites, but the financial services industry. Nobody saw it coming, admits Martin Gilbert, the co-chief of Standard Life Aberdeen, Europe’s largest independent asset manager.

“I think that’s partly because we speak to the wrong people. We speak to people in California, New York, Washington. We don’t really interact with people in Middle America. The more [Trump] gets attacked in the press in the US, the more his supporters like him. It’s the same with Brexit. None of us foresaw it. We must be totally out of touch.”

Read the whole interview, which first appeared in the June issue of Funds Europe, here.

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