Daily Archives: May 20, 2009

Sophia Grene

Imagine Dali working with Warhol

Imagine Dali working with Warhol

What famous artist is your asset manager? Henderson New Star’s first rebranding ad shows Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol and asks the viewer to imagine them working together.

According to Henderson’s corp comms department, there is no intention to compare either Henderson or New Star to these artists. But to the casual viewer, it’s impossible to resist trying to work out if New Star is Dali, whose pictures had images that melted hideously, creating impossible, eye-watering financial shapes, or Warhol, famous for creating multiple, different-coloured versions of every day objects, and charging extremely high prices for them.

Sophia Grene

The M&G bond team are still positive about corporate paper, although they are cautious about taking some of the extraordinarily high yields at face value.

Pimco continues its ongoing series of thoughtful articles about defined contribution retirement savings plans with a conversation with Barbara Kontje, director of the retirement plan investments at American Express Company.

Investec Asset Management’s strategist Max King has joined the swelling tide of voices declaring the beginning of a new bull market.

Ruth Sullivan

White knuckle ride ahead

White knuckle ride ahead

Asset managers should grit their teeth for a painful year ahead. Banks and hedge funds may have been taken to the extremes of their pain thresholds already but it’s yet to happen to active managers.

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Pauline Skypala has been editor of FTfm for four years having previously been deputy personal finance editor. She joined the FT in 1999 and has been writing on savings and investment issues throughout her career.

Steve Johnson, FTfm deputy editor, has been a journalist for 17 years, 10 of which have been with the FT.


Sophia Grene, reporter on FTfm, has been a financial journalist in print and online for 12 years.

Ruth Sullivan has worked as a financial/business journalist and foreign correspondent and for the past 10 years has been at the FT.

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