About Citywire

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Citywire is an independent financial publishing and data group, 22% owned by Thomson Reuters. It provides a unique combination of journalistic experience, regulated financial advice and proprietary data.

Citywire has a team of over 80 staff, producing news, investment ideas and recommendations  every weekday. Uniquely among financial publishers, many of Citywire's journalists are also registered as investment advisers with the UK Financial Services Authority. Our guiding philosophy is to help people to make better financial decisions.

Citywire was founded in 1999 by its Chairman Lawrence Lever, formerly Financial Editor of the Mail on Sunday and Assistant City Editor of the Times. Citywire's Chief Executive is David Turner who was previously at the Financial Times group where he was publisher of all the FT Group's business publications. Richard Lander, Citywire's Editorial Director, was previously at the Times, Independent and Reuters.

What we do

Citywire aims to help you make good decisions about where to invest your money to achieve your aims, with a mix of information, practical advice, analysis, facts and figures, tips and news, all in plain English. We are completely independent of any financial organisation so we can be completely objective.

Our main commercial customers are asset management groups and life assurance companies. These companies are in the business of creating investment products such as unit trusts and Oeics designed for retail investors as well as distributing them through fund supermarkets and other platforms.

On the other side are the potential customers for these products. That could be an independent financial adviser who specialises in investment planning. Or it could be a fund of funds manager looking for the best portfolio choices or a private bank seeking to offer the best choice of funds to their customers. And of course it could be a private investor, seeking the right tools to make informed decisions on where to place his or her money.

How we do it:

Unique Fund and Fund Manager Data.

Citywire offers a range of tools to enable investors to compare the performance of funds and fund managers, which can all be accessed via the following link.

However, Citywire provides much more than simple fund  information. Investors can access our unique database of fund manager performance, showing you how individual fund managers have performed, the people as well as the funds. Tracking individual fund managers was pioneered by Citywire eight years ago.

Our league tables show which individuals are delivering the goods in their respective sectors while the All Citywire Rated Managers link shows which fund managers are currently rated by Citywire for their risk-adjusted performance. 

By clicking on highlighted fund manager names investors can explore Citywire's factsheets which provide performance histories as well as profiles of leading fund managers.

You will also find a new fund and fund manager selection tool. This enables investors to filter down the universe of funds and fund managers to find those which meet their own specific criteria.

Great News

 Citywire has a news team of 26 highly talented journalists, backed by seven researchers, providing everything from news about the markets, what fund managers and fund selectors are doing, key advice on vital subjects like pensions, tax and property. If you register on our website we will send you daily emails to alert you to the news.

Because the subjects we cover are so diverse we have 4 distinct editions, tailored towards users’ different needs:

Personal Investors: This is the one for private investors or those interested in planning their retirement; tailored to encourage users to take a closer look at their investments and savings and also to seek quality advice from professional financial planners.

Wealth Managers: This edition is for investment advisers, wealth managers and stockbrokers whose main focus is choosing the right investments for their clients.

New Model Adviser®: This edition is for the growing community of financial advisers seeking to modernise and professionalise their businesses around holistic financial planning, and is produced by the team behind New Model Adviser magazine.

European Fund Selectors: A website for international fund selectors from the team behind Citywire Fund Selector magazine, covering over 4,100 managers and more than 10,000 European funds

Offline

We publish a range of magazines for advisers and fund selectors including our weekly titles New Model Adviser  and Citywire Wealth Manager, as well as the monthly  Citywire Fund Selector for European fund selectors. For more details about what we can offer, please contact George Ball here or on +44 (0)20 7840 2277.

Face to face

We hold over 30 events a year in the UK and Europe. People love our events because they break the mould, with innovative formats and interaction between presenters and the audience. For more details about what we can offer, please contact Dan Russell here or on +44 (0)20 7840 2271.

What others think:

Awards
In 2005, 2006, 2007,2008, leading British independent financial advisers said www.citywire.co.uk was their top online destination for independent financial advisers. A poll of delegates attending the 2008 Pims conference put the Citywire website a clear first, with nearly two thirds listed having visited the site in the previous seven days. The website was also voted Headline Money Trade Website of the Year in 2008.

Citywire also holds the 2005, 2006,2007 and 2008 IMA Team Award for Excellence in Investment Writing.

Recent individual awards include the 2008 IMA Specialist Journalist of the Year won by Matt Goodburn and Headline Money Trade Columnist of the Year 2008  won by Gavin Lumsden our Editor in Chief.

Testimonials

Do not just take our word for it. The strength of our editorial means we have collected fabulous testimonials from private and professional investors.

"The Citywire daily emails are brilliant as they provide up to date and relevant information which helps me to keep abreast of latest developments with bullet point summaries with access to more detailed commentary if needed. These insights allows me to review, challenge and reinforce the strategic development of the business so that we can try and stay a step ahead of the game” Calum Cameron, Willow Financial Management.

"This is one of the first sources that I go to in the morning and the regularity of the service means that I rarely miss information". Terry Bignall, EA Kench

The Citywire home page and emails have taken over from FT.com as my favourite. They keep me up to date with everything that’s relevant to a modern IFA covering investment news, world economic factors and regulatory developments daily “.Michael McCroddan, Conforto

“A real time-saver. Well written and clearly head-lined so I can easily spot the ones I need to read. Extremely useful. Peter Rutherford, managing director, Rutherford Wilkinson

 “Much more than a news service - the articles are also very informative, providing a lot of good background information. Citywire gives a great view of prevailing market conditions.” Paul Cogger

 “Head and shoulders above the rest.” Frances Burke

“I have emails from all of your competitors, however Citywire is my preferred website and I read Citywire emails religiously, whereas others I tend to ignore.” Michael Mappley

 "Citywire is a fantastic free service..”Brian Hills

 "Citywire is the definitive site. Indeed you are the information source that many other sites quote. I appreciate the real time coverage of markets and news. I don't think there is another site that matches you for up to the minute quality coverage of markets and financial news” David E Smith

 “My daily bread - a cut above competitors.”John Marshall

Media
The Daily Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, Glasgow Herald, Handelsblatt, Cinco Dias, Milano Finanza, Gestion de Fortune.

These are just some of the leading European national newspapers and financial publications that regularly feature Citywire’s fund manager Ratings and news. Why? Because we can give them the in-depth information that their readers want to know.

Our background and some key facts

Citywire was set up in 1999 by Lawrence Lever, one of Britain’s leading and most experienced financial journalists.

Reuters, the world’s leading financial information group, bought a 25% stake in 2001. Most of the other shares are held by the company’s founding investors and the people who work here.

Citywire is authorised to give investment advice by the Financial Services Authority. Many of our journalists and researchers are also authorised in their own right. Our fund manager performance data is independently audited and verified by AKG Actuaries and Consultants Ltd, a leading firm of actuaries.

Want to find out more?

Read 10 Questions to ask Citywire

Contact Citywire on 0207 8405100 or support@citywire.co.uk with any enquiries.