Press Release – 16 January 2015


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:

MOLE VALLEY ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD – St. Martin’s House, St. Martin’s Walk, Dorking, RH4 1UW D/D 01306 776980 S/B 01306 776999 MOB 07545 393743

About Mole Valley Asset Management  (

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.”

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