|Job title||Fund Manager|
|Company||Columbia Threadneedle Investments|
|Title||Identifying high-quality businesses to achieve good investment returns|
|Content||The Porter’s 5 forces model helps us identify high-quality companies that have the pricing power to drive consistently strong cash generation and returns whatever the circumstances. We will demonstrate, using specific stock examples, how this has boosted performance for the fund, and why we think it continues to be a good way to invest for the future.|
|Biog||Mark Nichols joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst within the European equities team in 2015. |
Prior to joining the company Mark was a fund manager in the European equities team at F&C where he was responsible for the Growth & Income strategies. Prior to that he spent six years at Oechsle International Advisors, where he was a partner and a member of the investment strategy committee. Mark also covered European equities at Lehman Brothers and Invesco.
Mark holds a MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a MA in Contemporary History & Politics from London University.
|Job title||Investment Manager|
|Company||Henderson Global Investors|
|Content||Luke Newman, co-manager of the Henderson Gartmore United Kingdom Absolute Return Fund, will give an update on the UK equity market, fund performance, portfolio positioning and an outlook for the strategy. He will also explain why conditions remain supportive for absolute return strategies.|
|Biog||Luke joined Henderson as a fund manager in 2011 as part of the Gartmore acquisition. Prior to that, Luke worked at Gartmore from June 2009 as co-manager with Ben Wallace on a number of funds. Previously, Luke was a UK Fund Manager at Deutsche Asset Management running high performance retail and institutional mandates before moving to Foreign & Colonial in 2005.|
Luke graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc (Hons) in Economics & Politics.
|Job title||Senior Product Manager, Fixed Income, NGAM International|
|Company||Natixis Global Asset Management|
|Title||More yield, please! Bank Loans through Loomis Sayles’ conservative approach|
|Content||Looking at bank loans as yield enhancer and portfolio diversifier. Bank loans are senior and floating rate, interesting characteristics for investors keen to enhance income while seeking risk-efficiency for portfolios.|
|Biog||Jonathan Copper is a Senior Product Manager at NGAM International. He joined the firm in 2005 and is responsible for the fixed-income strategies of Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. Previously, Mr. Copper held positions at Loomis Sayles for more than eight years and also held positions at State Street Bank.|
Mr. Copper holds a BS in finance from Boston College.