Neil Birrell is chief investment officer for Premier Asset Management and is fund manager of the Premier Diversified fund. He joined Premier in 2013 from Elcot Capital, where he was part of the team responsible for managing multi strategy investments. Neil was previously chief investment officer of Framlington Investment Management and a senior fund manager at Prolific Asset Management.
It all seemed to have been going so well; vaccination programmes were being rolled out, COVID was a receding threat, economic activity was picking up strongly, the outlook was positive and, with the exception of how far inflation might rise, was reasonably predictable. But over recent weeks that scenario has been questioned.