What Facebook’s privacy blunder means for tech
Earlier this week, the US Federal Trade Commission began investigating Facebook over privacy concerns around data used to influence the US election. Shares in the social media giant began to slide quickly after, but could this be a blow for all tech stocks?
How to navigate the passives surge in EM equities
As cumulative flows into emerging market passive funds surpass active alternatives investors should seek opportunities further down the market-cap scale, Aviva Investors head of emerging markets and Asia Pacific Will Ballard argues.
Analysis 21 Mar 18
New investment rules to stir up South Africa offshore market
The South African treasury has upped the allowance for domestic funds to be invested internationally in a bid to prise open the offshore market, but will domestic investors be getting on board?
Analysis 19 Mar 18
Vexed UAE firms act over Insurance Authority rule delays
As the Abu Dhabi headquartered Insurance Authority drags its heals on finalising sector reform, many businesses are anticipating what the incoming regulations will mean for them and pressing ahead with new strategies.
Are regional emerging market funds making a comeback?
Emerging market equities is one of the few asset classes where investors are still seeing value, but as the asset class makes a comeback investors have different takes on whether to allocate to regional funds or leave geographical allocation to portfolio managers.
Analysis 15 Mar 18
Is it the end for the traditional life insurance model?
Phoenix Group’s acquisition of Standard Life’s insurance arm is “testament to the current re-shaping of the UK life insurance industry” and the “break-up of traditional models”, the group’s chairman said.
Will investors stick with ‘cash cow’ M&G?
Prudential’s decision to spin-off and float its UK asset management and savings arm was met with widespread approval from investors. But how many of them will continue to invest in the life insurer’s “neglected” business when it lists?
Analysis 13 Mar 18
Could Dodd’s marriage trigger an IHT review?
The marriage of late comedian Ken Dodd to his long-term partner, and the fact that HM Revenue & Customs lost out on nearly £3m ($4.2m, €3.4m) as a result, has prompted questions about the timing of financial planning, especially so-called “deathbed planning”.