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Mark Nichols - Colombia Threadneedle
NameMark Nicholls
Job titleFund Manager
CompanyColumbia Threadneedle Investments
TitleIdentifying high-quality businesses to achieve good investment returns
ContentThe 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.
BiogMark 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.
Luke Newman  - Henderson
NameLuke Newman
Job titleInvestment Manager
CompanyHenderson Global Investors
TitleAbsolute Power
ContentLuke 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.
BiogLuke 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.
Jonathan Copper - Natixis
NameJonathan Copper
Job titleSenior Product Manager, Fixed Income, NGAM International
CompanyNatixis Global Asset Management
TitleMore yield, please! Bank Loans through Loomis Sayles’ conservative approach
ContentLooking 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.
BiogJonathan 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.