July-August 2012

TaxSome time ago, I moved my mobile phone account from Vodafone to another provider. Why? Because, Vodafone, it seemed clear to me, peering through a web of claim and counter-claim, had not paid all its taxes.

dominoSmall changes in inflation or interest rates can have a significant impact on pension funds, given the long-term nature of their liabilities. Stefanie Eschenbacher finds they look to inflation-linked assets, despite falling inflation.

winding roadInvesting in emerging market debt for the first time brings the challenge of how to access the asset class before its potential rewards are reaped, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

William de VijlderDiversification is not dead, William de Vijlder, of BNP Paribas Investment Partners, tells Nick Fitzpatrick. Reaching this point of view was one of the CIO’s best decisions.

CIOs at our recent panel gave an insight into how the eurozone crisis is shaping their world. The safety of cash, financial “repression”, and changing perspectives about risk are challenges that some of Europe’s top asset managers face. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

TRichhe rich and super-rich are growing in number, but their combined wealth has declined because of volatile markets. George Mitton reports.

ManequinThey are transparent, low-cost, liquid – and they can totally divide opinion. Fiona Rintoul gauges sentiment about ETFs among users and providers.

the reaperOne in six European ETFs is on a ‘death list’ due to their small number of assets. But they are unlikely to close, finds Nicholas Pratt.

DIYFollowing the pounding of funds of hedge funds, investors were advised to go the do-it-yourself route. But this is an accident waiting to happen, says Robert Marquardt, of Signet Group.

RobotDespite the apparent demise of UK manufacturing, niche companies show favourable signs of growth, finds Pavle Sabic, of S&P Capital IQ.

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