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Sector Watch: Small-caps bear the brunt of the credit crunch
Managers in the UK Smaller Companies sector have seen returns dwindle further, with the average manager posting a loss of 20.34% over 12 months to the end of August.
Shrewd Snapshot: A-rated Plackett buys into small cap energy firm
BlackRock fund manager Richard Plackett has taken a significant stake in AIM-listed oil and gas production company Irvine Energy.
Rated Manager Survey: Banks and mining stocks leave managers divided
The fallout from the liquidity crisis and fears over its effect on the wider global economy have led to a weakening of confidence among Citywire rated managers over the last month.
Rated manager survey: Rock troubles start a run on manager confidence
The run on Northern Rock gave a clearer indication of the magnitude of the liquidity crisis in markets and sent confidence among Citywire rated managers plunging last month.
Hold or Fold: Merrill Lynch UK Smaller Companies vs Gartmore UK & Irish Smaller Companies
This week the panel concentrates its gaze on a pair of funds in the smaller companies sector and despite one fund’s impressive absolute returns it is still not enough to spare it from a thumbs down.
Smith on funds: Stability is key to Plackett's success
Richard Plackett took responsibility for the £850 million Merrill Lynch UK Special Situations fund just over three years ago.
Shrewd Snapshot - April review: F&C's Scott backs Prodesse
Citywire takes a look at some of the shrewd investing over the last month, which includes A-rated Ted Scott joining the list of backers in property firm Prodesse.
Shrewd Snapshot: AAA-rated Plackett increases holding in Parity
Citywire AAA-rated BlackRock MLIM fund manager Richard Plackett has increased his position in IT services group Parity.
Rated Manager of the Week: Richard Plackett
Citywire AAA-rated Richard Plackett takes time to understand the companies he invests in before he makes any decisions and as a result has returned 17.4% over 12 months compared to his average peer’s 15.6%.
Shrewd Snapshot: Plackett pops up in Quantica
Top-performing fund manager Richard Plackett has increased his Merrill Lynch UK Smaller Companies fund's holding in Quantica, a £37 million recruitment consulting firm.
Should wealth firms consider TV advertising?
In financial services, the television has normally been the preserve of banks, insurers and payday lenders, but both Tilney and Octopus have been carrying out high profile marketing campaigns.
Data protection dilemma: how to tackle Mifid II and GDPR clash
JHC head of regulatory change Andrew Watson analyses how firms can protect themselves from GDPR.
Polar Capital's Rochussen: 'You have to be ruthless'
'You have to be ruthless,’ admits Polar Capital CEO Gavin Rochussen on the challenges of running an asset management business.