May 2016

Editorial Synopsis May 2016

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Fund platforms
Financial advisers have been under pressure to examine how they select fund platforms – but what about how the platforms themselves select funds? Are investors offered a wide palette of funds of varying quality, or do platforms have higher barriers to entry for a more select crop? And is selection all about bulge-bracket firms whose brands sell their selves, or is space available for boutiques?

contact David Stevenson: [email protected]


Asian equities
Economic and political upheaval in Asia presents both opportunity and risk to funds navigating the continent’s equity markets.What are the challenges facing managers in the region – and are the rewards worth the risk?

contact Kit Klarenberg:[email protected]


ETF review
Funds Europe provides a regular report about developments in the evolving exchange-traded fund sector, including asset flows, company news, and other relevant market developments.

contact David Stevenson: [email protected]


Private equity fund administration
Private equity real estate funds are a hybrid of real estate investment (normally funded by debt) and private equity. We look at how these funds are evolving and what challenges administrators face in reporting to a funds underlying clients.

contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]


Emerging markets
Outflows from large, highly established emerging market funds could be to do with concerns that these funds are too big to be agile. Is it time for smaller, even boutique, EM firms that are waiting in the wings to pick up assets?

contact Nick Fitzpatrick:[email protected]


Fund Forum preview
A look at some of the themes, topics and speakers of this year’s Fund Forum International to be held in Berlin.

contact David Stevenson: [email protected]


PLUS: Marketing & Branding roundtable, regular features, columns and news briefing

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Sponsored Profiles

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‘Smart beta’ investing is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to both conventional passive management and traditional active management.

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Manuela Sperandeo, iShares Head of Specialist Sales EMEA, tells Funds Europe how investors can leverage smart beta strategies to target numerous outcomes.

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SPONSORED FEATURE: The reflationary environment

Jun 06, 2017

Funds Europe talks to Andreas Wosol about the implications of a return to reflation and why the value part of the European equity market could support investors in such an environment.

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Finding managers that can (and do)

Apr 18, 2017

Fabrice Kremer, a fund selector at Banque de Luxembourg Investments, has berated fundamental managers for failing to beat indices, but he remains committed to active funds. He speaks to Nick...

JERSEY INTERVIEW: ‘A steady sort of place’

Mar 21, 2017

The chief executive of Jersey Finance is keen to portray the island as a stable, trustworthy jurisdiction. He talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables & Panels

TRENDING: Smart beta indices continue onward march

Jun 14, 2017

We asked five investment experts how smart beta indices have performed against cap-weighted indices over the past year and what the investment outlook suggests about the prospect for different investment factors.

SMART MONEY: Following the smart money

Jun 14, 2017

We asked six investment professionals about the emphasis they are placing on smart beta and active ETFs and how platforms are adopting these products.