Eggstel compere escapes pelting

TO THE Guildhall yesterday for the 40th Thomson Reuters Extel awards, affectionately known as the Oscars of the investment awards circuit.

The ravishing Raven Quartet returned to entertain guests. However, the former Britain’s Got Talent contestants played as a trio much to the relief of those on stage – as member Natalie Holt, who threw eggs at a shocked Simon Cowell live on television this weekend – was a no-show.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch took the title of leading pan-European equity research brokerage firm, claiming the title from UBS, which had hogged the accolade for 12 years.

Sanford C Bernstein analyst and past City A.M. award winner Andrew Wood was crowned leading individual equity analyst, while JP Morgan was named best fund manger, UBS took leading brokerage for trading and execution and Deutsche was named as the leading brokerage firm for operations.

Compere and BBC presenter Emily Maitlis was tasked with initiating the annual guessing game, where guests make predictions on the future of the Square Mile via remote-controlled voting devices.

According to the cream of the financial crop, we are more likely to replace analysts with robotic monkeys by 2053 than have a female Bank of England governor. Place your bets now.