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Wealth Manager Top 100 2017: 25 pet peeves

From eating on commuter trains to finding Amazon in a value fund, the UK's Top 100 people in fund selection have a wide range of bug bears.  

Marcus Blyth, Investec Wealth & Investment

‘Fund managers et al – please take the tube rather than a taxi from Mayfair to the City. I know it’s more comfortable, especially in summer, but I want the full hour meeting. Thanks.’

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Marcus Blyth, Investec Wealth & Investment

‘Fund managers et al – please take the tube rather than a taxi from Mayfair to the City. I know it’s more comfortable, especially in summer, but I want the full hour meeting. Thanks.’

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Thomas Becket, Psigma

‘I have too many. If pushed to name one I would have to go for people eating on commuter trains. Why would you do that?’

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Jim Mackie, Brooks Macdonald Asset Management

‘Hot tube trains with rude people on them!’

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James McDaid, GAM

‘People that are oblivious to the world as they are so engrossed in their phone (most especially in packed tube stations).’

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Adam Carruthers, Charles Stanley

‘Southern Railway and the secretary of state for transport.’

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Julian Howard, GAM

‘Budget airlines calling passengers forward for boarding only to then keep them in a holding area somewhere between the boarding gate and the airplane itself. Often this is outside, in the rain. First world problems...’

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Bambos Hambi, Aberdeen Standard

'Trains.'

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Stephen Peters, Barclays Wealth & Investment

'People not spending the 2 seconds when writing an email to me to check they've addressed me as Stephen, not Peter... '

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Ziad Abou Gergi, Barclays Wealth & Investment

'Commuting!'

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Ben Gutteridge, Brewin Dolphin

'Extended/monologue style answers on our award winning podcast.'

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Michael Paul, Brewin Dolphin

'Cyclist who think they don't have to obey the rules of the road.'

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Anna Haugaard, Brewin Dolphin

'That it is impossible to buy a 'diet sized' slice of cake. I just want the taste of it - Diet Cake!!'

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Edward Park, Brooks Macdonald

'Problems offered without solutions!'

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Jon Gumpel, Brooks Macdonald

'The banning of sector average as a comparative for the absolute return sector. Using sector averages helps - how else are people to put a fund's performance into context.'

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Alex Brandreth, Brown Shipley

'People sending emails, when they could pick up the phone or have a conversation.'

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Patrick Thomas, Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

'The sheer number of people (some of whom are supposed to be friends) who feel it acceptable to post "spoilers" on social media for my favourite TV shows. Game of Thrones, Power and Love Island are recent examples. Linked to this I suppose another peeve is my growing addiction to social media!'

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James Davies, Close Brothers Asset Management

'Currently, it's people who try to talk to me about some self-improvement book they're reading. I really couldn't care less, and make sure my facial expression says as much.'

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Monique Wong, Coutts

'People who mispronounce my name!'

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Richard Warne, Credit Suisse

'My football team not being in the top flight.'

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Stacey Parrinder-Johnson, Investec Wealth & Investment

'People who think it's weird to eat Pickled Onion Monster Munch for breakfast. It's not.'

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Edward Raymond, Julius Baer

'Cryptocurrencies.'

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Lydia Brook, LGT Vestra

'Showing gross performance against the benchmark. Using a totally inappropriate benchmark. Finding Amazon in a value fund. Active products hiding in ETF wrappers. Smart beta using back tests to demonstrate performance. Closet index funds.'

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Peter Dalgliesh, Parmenion Capital Partners

'Why the financial services industry faces such intense regulatory scrutiny whereas many other industries appear untouched.

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Daniel Adams, Psigma

'This is definitely quite controversial but at this moment in time, I'd probably say Love Island, very closely followed by The Real Housewives of Orange County/ New York/Atlanta/New Jersey/Miami/ Beverly Hills/ Cheshire etc.'

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Richard Carter, Quilter Cheviot

'That my kids are growing up way too fast and my hair is getting more grey every day! The two are probably linked.'

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