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About Citywire Money

 

on Jun 07, 2010 at 19:41

Our goal

We aim to be the independent guide to your financial life. We want to help you make the best decisions about what to do with your money – whether it’s making sure your family is financially protected or navigating the pensions minefield.

Who we are

Citywire is the brainchild of our chairman Lawrence Lever, formerly financial editor of the Mail on Sunday and assistant City editor of The Times. David Turner, an experienced hand in financial publishing who joined in 2000, is chief executive.

Some other key people: sales and commercial director George Ball, product development director Nick Collard and Richard Lander, head of new media.

A few of our non-executive directors: Mark Wood, former chairman and chief executive of ITN and now chief executive of Future plc. Nicholas Berwin was a top City investment banker who now devotes a lot of his time, free of charge, to the arts. Kevin Gundle runs a business investing in hedge fund fund of funds. He is a driving force behind ARK, the incredible hedge fund charity which raises millions for disadvantaged kids around the world.

In total, around 145 people work at Citywire – if you’re interested here are a few random pics of them....a nice looking bunch I’m sure you’ll agree.

Many of the people who work here own shares in the company. Thomson Reuters, the world renowned news agency and financial information group, bought a quarter of our company in 2001.

How we make money

The first question you should ask any financial company! All of our content is completely independent. We don't take kickbacks or commission for anything you see on the site. Instead, this is broadly how we earn our keep:

  • Advertising and sponsorship on the website
  • Advertising and sponsorship in our magazines for financial professionals
  • Sponsored events attended by financial professionals
  • Fund management companies pay us to license the Citywire Fund Manager Ratings. We never charge them to rate their managers - they only pay us if they want to license the Ratings.

8 reasons why you can trust us

  1. We’re completely independent of any financial organisation and are therefore 100% objective – no affiliate links, and no kickbacks for recommending products.
  2. We’re one of the few financial publishers to be authorised to give advice by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.
  3. We started up in 1999 – so we have age and experience on our side.
  4. We invest heavily in quality editorial and believe we have the best team of financial journalists in the business. As well as being registered with the FCA, our writers take the same exams needed to become a financial adviser or investment manager.
  5. We’re widely respected within the financial community – proven by the stack of awards we’ve won, including the team award for excellence in investment writing from the Investment Management Association more times than any other website.
  6. We provide unique information tools you might need when making financial decisions, such as Citywire Selection – our guide to the best investment funds for your pension or ISA – and a portfolio tool to keep tabs on your investments.
  7. We’re particularly proud of our unique Fund Manager Ratings which we founded  more than10 years ago. They track the performance of almost 8,000 different fund managers to identify who’s most capable of looking after your money. Unlike many ratings companies, we avoid conflict of interest by rating everyone – we don’t accept payment for ratings, just for the right to use them in promotional literature.
  8. Our readers are just as passionate as us about making the most of their money – they’re an opinionated, well informed and helpful lot who regularly share their advice and views on our forums and our articles.

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