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Schroders: is this family firm a classic income buy?

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Family-owned asset management group Schroders hasn’t had an especially strong few years as pressure has built on its industry. The dividend yield has risen to 3.7% as the share price has fallen. Could this prove a buying opportunity?

Fund managers are under unprecedented pressure to justify their performance and their fees in the face of a growing onslaught from passive funds. Uncertain market conditions are not helping, shaking investor confidence and leading to fund outflows. There is also a growing awareness that closet tracker funds - active funds which do little more than track the FTSE 100 - are a rip-off, easily avoided by buying passive index funds.

In any such shakeout, there are…

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