Leading Edge June – Investment panel debate

RLAM’s asset class specialists discuss some of the findings from the panel session at our recent Investment Conference.

By Rob Williams, Head of Distribution

Welcome to the latest edition of Leading Edge. It has been an eventful six months since the last e-zine.

The European Central Bank announced ongoing stimulus measures, while the immigration crisis in Europe threw the continent into turmoil, concerns over China’s economic data continued and the UK government announced the upcoming date for the EU referendum. Meanwhile Volkswagen shocked the world with an emissions scandal – before almost 200 countries signed up to a global climate change pact, and the US finally raised interest rates, ending months of feverish speculation.

Significant developments were also evident in the financial services sector. Few, for instance, would have predicted this time last year that there would be leadership changes at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and Investment Association (IA). Chancellor, George Osborne, in his March budget announced the introduction of a new Lifetime ISA, as a tax efficient savings vehicle with ‘bonus’ contributions from the government.

In this edition, we pick up on some of the key themes discussed at our recent annual investment conference; from boosting bond income in a low yield environment to circumventing the dividend cuts currently threatening UK income portfolios. We aim to provide some insight as investors seek to steer a course through this challenging environment.

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