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Few fund managers can hope to make the front page of the Financial Times when they change jobs, but Neil Woodford—arguably Britain’s most celebrated fund manager—recently achieved that. Woodford’s decision to leave Invesco Perpetual, his home for 25 years, to set up on his own was huge news for Britain’s retail investors, many thousands of whom have entrusted their money to him on the basis of his outstanding long-term record.

Woodford manages some £33bn, more than any other fund manager in the UK. Since his surprise announcement, there has been great…

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