While I am encouraged that we have seen progress, there is no doubt that there is still more to do to improve gender diversity in the investment management industry. As is the case in many industries, there are still too few women on our boards, executive teams and in senior roles.
The pandemic has, and will continue to shape the economy, society, and future working environment. At the IA, we recognise that the future of work is something our industry is working hard to navigate and create working models that are inclusive for all. To help support our members, we have collated the latest thinking from leading experts in investment management and beyond on what the future of work might look like.
Savers invested £4.4 billion in March bringing the total net retail sales for the first quarter of 2021 to £10 billion. Whilst down on the exceptional £17 billion inflow seen in the final quarter of 2020, the Q1 total still represents healthy net sales and shows that savers remain confident in the fund market.
Mental health is an integral pillar of our wellbeing. Good mental health is, as the World Health Organisation puts it, fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. It is vital therefore that we are all looking after our own mental health, and supporting others to do the same.
It will have been hard to escape the phrase ‘operational resilience’ over the past months, a subject that has been brought to the forefront of firms’ attention with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, but what are the regulator's expectations for firms going forward?