Since its invention in 1907 by Belgium’s Leo Hendrik Baekeland, plastic has moulded our everyday lives. More than a century later, plastic fragments in our oceans have created one of the most serious environmental challenges facing the world today.
The English football team are a bunch of unlikely lads who did us all proud, but they have multi-asset assistant fund manager Will McIntosh-Whyte pondering exactly what it means to be a hero.
Being targeted for over-50s adverts is stinging the pride of David Coombs, our head of multi-asset investments. But he thinks it could be the secret to a revival in the fortunes of quality broadcasters.
As an adviser, building trust with your clients is essential to providing the credibility that underpins your relationships. In an age of fake news, it’s increasingly hard to know what your clients can trust, especially when it comes to online content. Where can they turn for good advice, and how can they be sure it’s reliable?
Strange behaviour and random events suggest it must be the silly season: David Coombs ponders why the Bank of England has turned hawkish again and whether a second referendum on Brexit might not be out of the question.
Our head of asset allocation Edward Smith notes that Donald Trump has always played the pugnacious attack dog of the anti-trade movement, so his escalating tariff threats shouldn’t come as a surprise. But we’ll be keeping an eye on mounting global trade tensions.
Italian politics rattled European bond markets in May and Italian debt markets still haven’t fully recovered their losses. Our chief investment officer, Julian Chillingworth, warns there could be more turmoil to come.
It’s been a rough few days for European bond markets after a resurgence of political disorder on the Continent. However, our head of asset allocation research, Edward Smith, argues that we are still a far cry from the dark days of the 2011 eurozone debt crisis.