28 October 2014

At the start of the fourth quarter of 2014, many of the underlying challenges and geopolitical issues that we have previously highlighted remain and in some cases have intensified. A number of new concerns have arisen including the fear of risks related to the Ebola virus. The mixed outlook for global growth, the absence of sustained and credible improvements to unresolved issues in Europe, continuing US fiscal and monetary policy issues and increasing geopolitical instability would make improvements in prevailing market conditions unlikely. Despite these ongoing challenges, we will continue to execute on our strategy in order to ensure the firm’s long-term success and to deliver sustainable returns for our shareholders.