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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.

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’...

The Green Line: 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...

Property news from China!

News from China only really appears in our mainstream media when something dramatic is happening. When it does feature, it tends to look at topics that the public can easily grasp – such as property – and is invariably bearish. This leads investors here in the UK to...

Belonging

2018 marks ten years since LGT Vestra was founded. When setting up in 2008, their aim was to 'challenge convention in the industry by offering a fresh approach to wealth management through the simple provision of providing a truly transparent service, designed around...

The paradox of investing: a client conundrum

‘We put our clients first’ These are familiar words in the finance industry. Yet somehow the promise of putting clients first never quite seems to translate into the necessary behaviour and action. Crisis after crisis, scandal after scandal, it is the clients who...

My other car is a Porsche

The Porsche bumper sticker always makes me smile when I see it on my friend Dan’s 30-year-old, clapped out Bedford mini-van. Mind you it overnights between two proper Porsches on his driveway. Oddly he’s one of the most self-effacing individuals I know having worked...

Ethical Investing and the Scourge of Plastics

The popular BBC One television series Blue Planet II [1] typifies media coverage drawing attention to the environmental damage caused by plastic waste.  This programme and others like it point out the alarming global reach of plastic detritus, its chemical toxicity...