DISCUSS

Content to inspire and start conversations.

 

At DISCUS, we’re here to keep you informed and up-to-date on the outsourced investment market. We feel passionately about helping advisers and other professionals to deliver an exceptional client experience, which starts with finding the right partners to support you in your business. On these pages you will get to know our discretionary manager partners and have the ability engage in conversation. Use the comments section to give us your thoughts and feedback. We’re building the DISCUS offering around you, so be sure to have your say.

Kick-start your client comms plan in 2019

In a world of volatile markets and fast-moving technological development, communication is key. The start of the new year presents both advisers and discretionary fund managers (DFMs) with a prime opportunity to review the way they communicate with their clients – and...

Don’t let 10% letters blow you off course

It was a brutal year filled with ups and a whole lot of downs. Multi-asset portfolio funds manager David Coombs explains how the team is facing 2019. Many of us will feel a bit fatigued after 2018. Most asset classes fell to varying degrees and we saw the painful...

2019: the year of sustainable investing?

Every investment has an 'impact'. Until recently, some of us have been guilty of ignoring the repercussions of where we have chosen to invest our money and been predominantly focussed on one thing: financial return. But what if your investments could generate...

Driverless Finance

I recently hosted a Women in Investment networking meeting, where our focus was on understanding blockchain and the impact on financial services. Helen Oxley, Solutions Director at SEI kindly came to share her knowledge and expertise with us. My key learns were: To...

The informed consumer

In many ways, the baby boomer generation makes for model clients. Members of this group are wealthy, committed to the idea of saving and investing and also, importantly, trust those who advise them and act on their advice. But this deference is disappearing with every...

Will MiFID II result in short-termism?

A common criticism that is levelled at investors is that they are too short-termist in their outlook. It represents a topic that RC Brown Investment Management’s Glenn Meyer, who is head of managed funds, was keen to explore. He suggests that ‘myopic loss aversion’...

Brexit bargains for Christmas

UK stocks are attractive on a free cash flow basis compared with the rest of the world. As Christmas approaches, it’s not only the discount retailers bearing gifts at bargain prices: it’s Brexit – more particularly, the political uncertainty hanging over UK plc. This...

Blockchain: Looking past the hype

Blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, is making waves as its potential to be a next generation platform technology starts to emerge from the all the hype. It did not start out with the cleanest reputation, given its first use cases were all...

Extreme Weather: towards pricing climate risk

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season caused estimated damages of $265 billion.  Given links between extreme weather and global warming how close might we be to some companies or sectors being held liable, at least partially, due to their activities? The answer may be...

Will technology kill face-to-face advice?

Whether we want to admit it or not, technology is engrained in many aspects of our daily lives: from ordering a takeaway via Deliveroo to checking your bank balance using an app. It is therefore no surprise to see glimpses of technological change in the financial...

5 Top Tips for Giving to Charity this Christmas

With over 180,000 charities in the UK to choose from, how do you decide which to give to? Christmas is known to be a time for giving. Data gathered from theBigGive.org.uk, shows that the British public donate up to five times more during the festive period than they...