Category: News & Views

Profile: from managing Brunei’s billions to Dorking’s pension pots

In a picturesque valley deep in the Surrey stockbroker belt, the former manager of a £5.5 billion fund has just shaken hands with a client whose assets amount to less than a third of the £50,000 minimum threshold.

‘We’re not going make any money out of him,’ Craig Harper concedes, before turning to a six-by-five-feet collage of the residents of Mole Valley hanging on the wall behind him. ‘But this is what it’s all about: helping people in the community.’

It is an exceptional case however, he adds, but only because Harper has to be realistic about the economics of business, having staff to pay.

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Sue Whitbread talks to Craig Harper and Andrew Holder at MVAM

Looking for something different? Sue Whitbread talks to Craig Harper and Andrew Holder at Mole Valley Asset Management

It’s a crowded market for discretionary investment management, and it’s clear that one size does not fit all. Sue Whitbread talks to Craig Harper (pictured) and Andrew Holder of Mole Valley Asset Management, about what makes their relationship-based business appeal to advisers and their clients.

What’s different about MVAM? How do you add value for clients?

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INVESTMENT EVENING VIDEO CLIPS…

Following on from our sucessful Investment Evening I have attached the video link for you to watch. I hope this gives everyone a flavour of the evening, and allows for a number of commentaries to suggest why our clients invest with MVAM. Should you wish for any further information, then please do give us a call, and watch our website for future events. I’d also like to thank Denbies Wine Estate for their continued support with hosting this, and future events. Watch it here. 

THE RETAIL REVOLUTION CHRISTMAS DRINKS..

MVAM were delighted to welcome Clients and friends to the Christmas drinks held at Denbies Wine Estate last Thursday. Along with an excellent ‘Champagne and Beer’ tasting event with Denbies experts, we were all delighted to welcome our guest speakers, Justin Scarborough from Air Partner, and Mark Gifford from Game Digital. The two Company presentations were excellent and I hope, gave the collected assembly an insight and a feel of the sort of investments MVAM might, or have, in the managed portfolios. Crisp and sharp, just like the beverages, both Justin and Mark captivated the audience with an array of facts and figures of the worlds they operate in, as they are both market leaders in their fields.

These conferences and presentations, and drinks, will continue to focus upon companies and themes that are of interest to MVAM for current and future portfolio inclusion. We were delighted to see everyone and would like to thank all those that attended, and the Denbies Team that looked after us, for making such a memorable evening. Thank you.

HOW WILL THE NEW DIVIDEND TAX EFFECT YOU?

The Govt will replace the notional dividend tax credit with a £5,000 allowance for all tax payers from April 2016. Those lucky individuals who get more than £5,000 in annual dividend payments will have to pay tax on that income. Tax rates depend upon the three main tax bands. Those who earn up to £31,785 will pay 7.5% on their dividend income above £5,000. Those who earn between £31,786 and £150,000 will pay 32.5% as now, and all those earning above will pay 38.1%, higher than the existing rate. This targets business owners who pay themselves via dividends as well as salaries to reduce their tax bill.

What to do?

1.Ensure you use your tax free annual dividend allowance.

2.Use your ISA.

3.Consider a SIPP.

Should you need help, please do call.

RETAIL CONFERENCE THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER..

In short, after the successful Healthcare Conference in May, we wanted to repeat the format for the Retail Sector. We have asked 3 very interesting retail stocks to present their investment case, and how they are coping with the influx of new technology to the Sector, and changing consumer buying habits. After the presentations, once again we have asked Denbies to allow us to taste their Champagnes, and this time their craft beers brewed onsite. Something for everyone then! Save the date and further details will be announced shortly.

DORKING STATION ADVERTISEMENT…

The magnificent view of Dorking on the Dorking Station platform is something to be admired by all busy commuters. This also happens to include details of MVAM’s view which is to encourage everyone to have a closer relationship with their money. Do we all really need to pay fees to platform providers, and then fees to Fund Managers to mange your money as well? Could we not go directly to the Fund Manager and know that they will invest your money, according to your level of risk, and together, change and plan for your future? We think so. A new view will be forthcoming next month…so keep your view on the right track!

DON’T FORGET…

As another financial year end approaches, please don’t forget to use your ISA allowance to the full. Do check that you have, and get ready to invest for the new year ahead as the subscription limit for 2015/2016 will be £15,240 and £4,080 for the Junior ISA. Just give us a call should you have any interest in the following below:

•              ISA subscription limits

•              Additional permitted subscriptions for the spouse/civil partner of a deceased ISA investor

•              Transfers of savings from Child Trust Fund to Junior ISA

•              Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) and Child Trust Funds (CTF): Extending eligibility

•              Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs): Making ISAs more flexible

as I’m sure we can help. Let’s hope we never have to talk about bullet point 2!

NEW PORTFOLIO MANAGER, JOHN BAILLIE JOINS…

Press Release – 16 January 2015

MOLE VALLEY ASSET MANAGEMENT APPOINTS JOHN BAILLIE AS PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Mole Valley Asset Management (MVAM) today announces that John Baillie has been appointed as Portfolio Manager with immediate efffect.

John was previously a Director at Societe Generale (SG) in London, where he headed the Pan-European retail sector team, responsible for equity research coverage of a wide range of consumer stocks. Prior to joining SG, he was Head of Retail at Cazenove & Co. During his career he has been consistently highly rated in surveys, such as Extel and was regulary top- three ranked for stock-picking by Starmine. He read PPE at Oriel College, Oxford and holds the CISI Diploma.

Craig Harper, Managing Director, said: “I am delighted to have further strengthened MVAM’s investment team with this new appointment. With our focus on managing bespoke, concentrated portfolios for our clients, I expect John’s experience and expertise to have a positive impact on performance and further validate MVAM’s unique approach to money management. “

Baillie said: “I am very excited to be joining the Mole Valley team at this dynamic stage of its development. It provides me with a great opportunity to use my proven stock picking skills for the benefit of the Mole Valley investors, seeking superior returns, in contrast to the lacklustre performance of the savings industry in general, which is increasingly dominated by the indexed funds.”

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For more information, contact:

CRAIG HARPER – MANAGING DIRECTOR
MOLE VALLEY ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD – St. Martin’s House, St. Martin’s Walk, Dorking, RH4 1UW
craig@mvam.com D/D 01306 776980 S/B 01306 776999 MOB 07545 393743
https://www.mvam.com/

About Mole Valley Asset Management  (www.mvam.com)

MVAM is a new type of investment management company that intends to end the “faceless” investment culture of today. It doesn’t charge for investment advice, only for managing your savings.

Based in Dorking, Surrey, its aim is for all of its clients to know the person who invests their money. Portfolio Managers are required to become qualified financial advisors so the direct investments they make create individual portfolios uniquely suitable for each client. Because they know their clients as well as they know their investments, client portfolios can carry more risk than is normally the case when advisors invest indirectly through fund platforms.

MD Craig Harper states “Thinking about what to do with your savings is really hard. So usually we farm out the responsibility as quickly as we can so we don’t have to worry. However the financial industry has become so complex there is little likelihood that you actually know the person who invests your savings. Often there can be two, three or even four layers of people between the client and their investments with each layer taking a fee. Nobody knows where their investments are. It’s hardly surprising many investments turn out to be lemons. At MVAM it’s just us, our clients and their portfolios. We actively encourage our clients to know us, know what we are doing and know how their savings are performing. We need our clients to have a real relationship with their money as we believe that this will help the long term returns from their savings.”