In this week's video interview for Professional Adviser's Investment Influencers series, where we chat to the most respected individuals who select funds, decide ratings or otherwise influence the allocation of investor fund flows, we hear from James Burns of Smith & Williamson.
Burns co-heads the firm's Managed Portfolio Service as well as leading its Multi Manager team, which oversees the Smith & Williamson MM Global Investment, Defensive Growth and MM Endurance Balanced funds. He also sits on the firm's Asset Allocation Policy Committee.
Burns joined Smith & Williamson in 1999 and started working on the firm's investment trust desk in 2001. A Chartered member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, he graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1998 with an MA (Hons).
The Investment Influencers series, which has most recently featured Simon Nicholas of Brown Shipley, Anthony Gillham of Old Mutual Global Investors and Ben Wattam and Ian Goodchild of Mattioli Woods, offers insights into how key players in the asset management sector see the world of investing and expect to deal with such challenges as greater market volatility, increased regulation and a growing trend towards short-termism.
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