Centre for Finance and Investment launches with debate on inflation

The debate panel (from left to right): Robin Angus, Russell Napier, Dr Andy Adams, Ian Harwood, William Dinning

The newly-formed Centre for Finance & Investment (CFI) marked its official launch with an inaugural annual debate entitled 'Prospects for UK inflation and implications for investment markets'.

Around 40 finance and investment practitioners attend the event, as well as academics and students.

It was most encouraging in these difficult times to attend a new annual event which was so successful and informative

Angus Tod, Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin

Inaugural debate

The inaugural debate, chaired by Dr Adams, examined the prospects for UK inflation and implications for investment markets. First, Ian Harwood, Chief Economist at Evolution Securities, argued that UK inflation will not be a problem in the medium term.

Russell Napier, a Director of Scottish Investment Trust, then argued that inflation will be a problem. Robin Angus, Executive Director of Personal Assets Trust and William Dining, European Head of Strategy and Economics at AEGON Asset Management, replied for each side.

Prior to the debate the audience was asked the following question: 'Do you believe that UK inflation, as measured by the CPI, will be above 5% in three years from now?' Thirty-nine members of the audience voted yes before the debate, but when the same question was asked again at the end of the debate, forty-six voted yes. Russell Napier and Robin Angus were therefore declared the winners.

Over 120 people attended the debate including practitioners from the Edinburgh financial community, academics and postgraduate students. Dr Adams said: 'It is great to see such a large turnout for the CFI's inaugural debate. The CFI aims to develop the relationship between academia and the financial community to increase the two-way exchange of knowledge and thereby enhance teaching, research and practice. The inaugural debate has been an excellent start.'

Angus Tod, Divisional Director with investment managers Brewin Dolphin, said: 'It was most encouraging in these difficult times to attend a new annual event which was so successful and informative. I look forward to next year's debate.'

About the Centre for Finance & Investment

The CFI, based in the School of Management & Languages, is being led by Dr Andy Adams. It brings together Heriot-Watt University academics with an interest in finance and investment, and practitioners from the local financial community.

The aim is to explore areas of mutual interest and thereby increase the practical relevance of teaching and research. An Advisory Board of senior practitioners provides guidance to academic members on a variety of issues including research themes and topics for student dissertations.

Visit the Centre for Finance & Investment webpages for more information.