A professional investment adviser with more than three decades’ experience, Stuart Fowler, investment director at London Wall Partners, is clear when asked what about his industry needs to change: ‘Managers should be encouraging clients not to focus on the short term or be overly concerned about volatility, and ensure they are taking a sufficiently long-term perspective,’ he says. An investment adviser to senior partners of law and accountancy firms, he’s certainly been busy walking the talk — not least in the past year: ‘We have continued to identify attractive, diversifying long term investments, such as listed infrastructure and healthcare funds, and our listed private equity trusts are gaining increasing recognition for their excellent long term returns.’ ‘Bonds offer low yields, and therefore they should only be held for diversification and insurance against adverse events. Long term investors should remain fully invested with a focus on quality companies, listed private equity, small caps, listed infrastructure and structural growth opportunities,’ he says, while ‘Brexit risks should be contained by taking a global investment approach’. After graduating from St John’s College, Cambridge with a degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science (he was also a choral scholar), Fowler began his career as a UK equity analyst at Kleinwort Hambros in 1983, and has since managed pension funds, charities, investment and unit trusts and sovereign wealth funds at firms such as Morgan Grenfell, James Capel and AXA. Prior to joining London Wall Partners he was head of global equities at Aerion Fund Management, in-house manager of the National Grid UK Pension Scheme, where he was jointly responsible for manager selection, asset allocation, and was part of the senior team setting investment policy. Fees at the firm are not based on AuM — instead, clients are charged an agreed fixed fee for a year’s advice, assuring clients of clear motives in advice given ‘on a totally independent basis’.
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