February 2009

Pension funds use asset-liability management (ALM) to secure payments for retirees. Individual investors could make use of the same techniques, even for planning to buy a house, says Edhec’s David Schröder

New central counterparties in Europe have brought the costs of clearing down. But a relentless price war could lead to greater complexity and lower standards of risk protection. Nicholas Pratt reports...

Nadine Chakar (pictured), EMEA head of BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, talks to Nick Fitzpatrick about world domination and staying up late to rescue clients from Lehman Brothers...

In 2008 risk management failed. Nicholas Pratt talks to a fund management risk specialist and to consultants to find out what vendors must do to win back faith...

Banks are bound to get caught up in legal battles as fund managers try to claw back losses. Jonathan Brogden, partner at Davies Arnold Cooper, and Simon Hodgson, solicitor, discuss the possibility of court action...

Chinese medicine is now very visible in Europe, but medically still controversial. Believe it or not, though, it is part of the reason why more European managers invest in China’s healthcare sector, finds Angele Spiteri Paris...

If institutional investors continue to be unwilling to go with smaller, arguably more specialised, players, they help create an industry dominated by a select few. Niklas Tell reports...

The investment situation in Russia is far from rosy, so Fiona Rintoul asks fund managers why they are still there...

Natixis will not let the financial crisis distract it from a growth plan put in place in 2006. Angele Spiteri Paris talks to Pierre Servant, CEO (pictured) about adjusting to the new environment...

Financial firms have seen their brands reduced to tatters. Instead of hiding, asset managers must be courageous and visible and communicate their brands’ financial solidity – without being flashy. By Fiona Rintoul

Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smarter than beta

Jun 14, 2017

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

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smart beta: Unlocking key drivers of return

Jun 14, 2017

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

SPONSORED FEATURE: Minimum variance indices: Rewriting the rules

Jun 14, 2017

The FTSE Russell indices tracked by lyxor lead to fewer specific risks, fewer valuation and crowding issues and more consistent performance.

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.