technology

Jan 06, 2016

Robot handSturgeon Ventures, a so-called “regulatory incubator”, and RoboCap, an investment adviser, have jointly launched a Ucits robotics fund, giving investors the chance to invest in companies developing 3D printers and high precision surgical robots.

Jan 04, 2016

Tax calculatorIpes, a third-party fund administrator, and KPMG, a business services provider, are set to extend their collaboration over services for firms affected by governments clamping down on tax avoidance.

Dec 23, 2015

windfarm 410Legal & General Capital has invested in clean energy provider NTR Wind Management, and is committed to building an onshore wind portfolio in the UK through the first close of a fund targeting €250 million.

Dec 23, 2015

AdvisorThe financial regulator should ease the compliance burden on financial advice firms to allow them to grow and fill the ‘advice gap’, Old Mutual Wealth says.

Dec 23, 2015

Potential investors under 50 are not being served by platforms, leaving a wide gap for disruptive firms – or innovative asset managers – to fill. In many ways, the social media revolution is messing with traditional business models, writes Fiona Rintoul.

After his refusal to apologise for a comment about “terrorist sympathisers” in parliament, made to colleagues before the House of Commons debated air strikes on Syria, the approval ratings of UK prime minister David Cameron plunged from 61% to 41%. 

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Dec 23, 2015

Funds Europe brought together two authorities on India for a head-to-head discussion on Modi’s reforms, corruption in government and the sustainability of growth. Chaired by George Mitton in London.

Praveen Jagwani

Chief executive, UTI International Private

Amul Pandya

Head of business development,

Ocean Dial Asset Management

Funds Europe: What is the outlook for the Indian economy in the year ahead? Do you think a growth rate of 7%-plus is sustainable?...

Dec 23, 2015

Nicholas Pratt examines whether the service providers will be able to keep up with the demand for liquid alternatives.

Liquid alternative funds, a tag for regulated alternative funds that includes alternative Ucits and alternative investment vehicles, are divisive instruments. Perhaps it should be expected of a tag that suggests investors can get the best of both worlds – the reassuring liquidity of mutual funds and the racy returns of alternative asset classes that are sometimes illiquid.

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Dec 23, 2015

AuthomationThe funds industry faces intense operational pressure from proposed regulatory and other changes. Euroclear’s Scott Caine says firms must do more to embrace automation if they are to keep their business agenda on track.

Dec 22, 2015

Safety netIndustry bodies are adamant that securities lending by asset managers does not pose a systemic risk to the market. Lynn Strongin Dodds looks at their arguments.

Dec 22, 2015

WindfallThe collateral transformation market has yet to attract fund managers but imminent regulatory deadlines and a need for cash may yet entice them, finds Nicholas Pratt.

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Mar 16, 2017

Portfolio Manager Davide Cataldo discusses the results of the Pioneer Investments’ survey on liquid alternatives and how investors can be encouraged to increase their allocation.

Mar 16, 2017

Heightened margin requirements for cleared and uncleared OTC derivatives pose a challenge for legitimate hedging activities and are driving financial institutions to explore alternative hedging...

Mar 16, 2017

Blockchain aims to radically change the way investors can access funds, says Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Fundsquare.

Mar 16, 2017

Greater efficiency must be embraced to ensure regulatory changes do not destroy choice for fund buyers, says Bernard Tancré of Clearstream.

Executive Interviews

CEO INTERVIEW: Munro gains three-year track record

Mar 16, 2017

Aviva Investors’ annual results this month were the third set since Euan Munro took over as CEO. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to him about the ‘Aims’ fund at the heart of the firm’s outcome strategy.

DISTRIBUTION INTERVIEW: Tales of the unexpected

Mar 16, 2017

Laurence Terryn, a fund selector at Candriam, tells David Stevenson how the twists and turns of the past year’s macro environment flavoured her approach to fund selection.

Roundtables

ASSET SERVICING ROUNDTABLE: Under pressure

Mar 07, 2017

Funds Europe speaks to leading Luxembourg industry figures about the growing regulatory demands on asset servicers and how to remain profitable in spite of major investments in technology.

SEC LENDING ROUNDTABLE: Both a borrower and a lender be

Jan 11, 2017

Industry heavyweights, including agent lenders, discuss issues affecting the securities lending sector such as regulation and the types of collateral being used.