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Financial and investment advice

Articles on financial planning and advice, from our leading edge monthly magazine, FS Focus.

HSBC growth in asset management

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HSBC Global Asset Management has grown its funds under management by 13.4% year on year as the largest European bank doubled its pre-tax profit for 2017.

UK firms beef up European operations

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Brexit has spurred UK asset managers to bolster their operations on the continent as concerns build that the industry risks being cut off from European investors.

BlackRock duo set up cryptocurrency hedge fund

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Two leading investors from asset management giant BlackRock have left to set up their own cryptocurrency hedge fund called Prime Factor Capital.

Hidden fund costs revealed by Mifid II

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The new Mifid II trading rules have uncovered the staggering costs involved in investing in popular funds, including those run by Janus Henderson, BlackRock and Vanguard.

Fund management

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With Brexit negotiations under way, is it a good time to move your funds? Chisomo Kaferawanthu provides some insights.

Brexit Priorities

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With Article 50 negotiations under way, Clea Evagorou evaluates the planning priorities for financial services firms for the next two years.

Fund houses cut bonuses

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Asset management staff in the UK and US had their bonuses cut in 2016 due to volatile markets, pressure on money management profit margins and increased compliance costs.

FCA probes impact of asset manager failure

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The Financial Conduct Authority has expressed concern that a ‘disorderly failure’ of an investment manager or portfolio could completely disrupt the financial system.

Is time running out?

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With IFRS 16 implementation drawing ever closer, Peter Westaway explains how relevant parties will be affected.

Pension Pressure

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Antony Barker, Santander’s pensions director, explores the impact on banks’ stability and solvency measures posed by their pension risks

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