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St James’s Place business model under scrutiny after fee cut

For much of the past quarter century St James’s Place was a stock market darling as it rose from a start-up based in the Cotswold Hills to the largest wealth manager in the UK.

But the past two years have been bruising. About half its market value — or £3.8bn — has been wiped out as client inflows have slowed, several of its biggest funds have underperformed and regulators have cracked down on inappropriately high fees.

Now the FTSE 100 company is preparing for a change in leadership, appointing headhunter Russell Reynolds Associates to find a successor to chief executive Andrew Croft, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Crunch interviews for the position are to be held next week. Mark FitzPatrick, a former chief executive of Prudential, is the leading candidate to replace him, although other candidates are also being considered. FitzPatrick and SJP declined to comment on the process.

Among the top priorities for an incoming chief executive would be managing scrutiny of the company’s fees. SJP said in July it would reduce some of its charges in response to the Financial Conduct Authority’s “consumer duty” regime, broad rules that require financial services companies to deliver “good outcomes” for customers.

A chunk of SJP’s 941,000 UK clients should benefit from lower annual fees. But investors worry that a lucrative business model serving well-heeled clients, many of whom lack experience managing investments themselves, is unravelling. The company produces most of its profits from annual charges.

“Historically SJP has always strongly defended its fee margins, and this is therefore a significant departure from that practice,” said David McCann, analyst at Numis. “Moreover, it raises the important question — is this just the tip of the iceberg?”

Line chart of Market value (£bn) showing St. James’s Place’s market value has almost halved since the start of last year

Founded in 1991 as J Rothschild Assurance, the company launched on the stock

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Amazon has Hollywood’s worst shows but its best business model

As bullets fly around a high-speed train carrying a former Miss World and a gang of spies through the Italian Alps, shopping is surely the last thing on viewers’ minds. Yet should they press pause, they will see an option to buy items from the show: the heroine’s gold necklace, her red dress, or the teetering stilettos in which she is improbably running rings around the villains. Only her exploding perfume is not yet for sale.

“Citadel”, a thriller on Amazon Prime Video, shows what happens when the world’s biggest online retailer becomes one of its biggest entertainment producers. As well as buying merchandise from the show on Amazon’s e-commerce site, audiences can listen to its soundtrack on Amazon Music, or read about its production on Amazon’s sister site, imdb.com. Its multinational cast and plot, and planned spin-offs in different languages, are chosen to appeal to shoppers around the world.

Hollywood old hands are snooty about Amazon’s video efforts, and understandably so. Despite a reported budget of $300m, making it the second-priciest tv series in history (after “The Rings of Power”, another Amazon project), “Citadel” received lukewarm reviews and failed to crack the top ten most-streamed shows in America (Amazon says it has done better internationally). Critics see it as emblematic of the company’s high-spending, low-impact record in video.

This year Amazon will blow $12bn on streaming content, second only to Netflix (see chart). It has had some hits, including “Reacher” and “The Boys”. But its 45 streaming nominations at the upcoming Emmy awards—a record for Amazon—is less than half as many as Netflix or Warner-Discovery’s service, Max. “Amazon’s hit rate is not good, nor consistent with its spend,” admits one former executive.

Yet despite its creative misfires, Amazon is quietly assembling something that has eluded most of its rivals:

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Shifting Electric power Dynamics Are Championing Creators In Model Promoting

Shoppers now have had more than enough with the interruptive and disruptive character of traditional advertising and marketing and advertising and marketing, and at the exact time, are participating a lot more with social platforms like TikTok and YouTube to source business data on products. Alongside one another, these variables have helped give rise to important client demand for influencers and creators to information their acquiring choices. This has designed a shift in the manufacturer-influencer power dynamic – for many makes, constructing partnerships with influencers is now a critical and additional relevant way to reach their focus on viewers.

An affect.com-commissioned report in partnership with WARC very last 12 months unveiled a stark disconnect involving how models and influencers perceive a mutually beneficial partnership, indicating a growing urgency for sincere, profitable partnerships. With rising expenditures due to inflation following decades of digital-initial activity because of to the pandemic, people are much more and a lot more conscious of their electronic ecosystem and brand names have been trying to enchantment to these on line audiences with different levels of accomplishment.

I spoke with David A. Yovanno, CEO at affect.com, to examine how the manufacturer-creator marriage has developed and where by brand names are definitely seeing the value of creator partnerships.

Gary Drenik: How has the model-creator relationship advanced in latest several years?

David A. Yovanno: With people, specially Gen-Z, becoming fewer tolerant and frankly extra tuned in to the methods employed in interruptive advertising and marketing and advertising and marketing tactics – like pop up advertisements and retargeting – creators are getting additional integral in brands’ internet marketing methods.

This has led to the model-creator connection becoming additional of a partnership. Makes are no for a longer period relying strictly on regular paid out advertising and

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