Autumn 2017 Newsletter

Our autumn newsletter is now available, bringing together the latest news and views from EQ Investors.

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinmail   by John Spiers, 27th October 2017

I hope you’ll find this latest issue of our newsletter informative and wide ranging. We have covered subjects as diverse as why UK productivity is a problem, the essential steps for formulating a retirement plan, an update on the Japanese investment story, how the EQ Foundation is trying to reinvigorate the deprived areas of West London and a simple way of keeping informed about your health.

We’ve made a few new hires as our business continues to grow. Mark Howlett comes in as a director. He has decades of experience in wealth management and shares my dedication to put client needs at the forefront of all that we do and constantly strive for excellence. And no less importantly, we have welcomed two more graduates of the Spear programme that helps young people get into employment. This builds on the success we’ve had previously with such recruits just starting out in their careers, and we wholeheartedly recommend this approach to other employers.

Markets have continued to rise in almost a straight line. We all know this cannot continue indefinitely but trying to time the next big setback is fraught with danger. I’m pleased to see that our portfolios have continued to do better than our competitors. This is particularly true of our Positive Impact Portfolios, now celebrating their fifth anniversary. They’ve done good in several ways.

Please let us know if you think we should be doing anything better.

John Spiers
Chief Executive

EQ Investors Newsletter Autumn 2017

About the author: John Spiers

John is the CEO of EQ. After gaining an MA in Engineering at Clare College, Cambridge he went into the City as a research analyst for 10 years.

In 1986 he set up Bestinvest and over the next 20 years it grew to become a leading private client advisory and wealth management business with over 50,000 clients. In 2007 Bestinvest was acquired by 3i.

Since then John has built up a portfolio of other interests, including the establishment of a Foundation to support various charities. He has taken a particular interest in projects aimed to increase the use of Early Intervention to reduce child abuse. He has also retained a close interest in investment, being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a member of the Investment Committee for Clare College.

John enjoys competitive sport and participates in historic motorsport and international croquet.

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