March 2013

CallcentreThe words client service always send a chill through me. We know that client service departments are not there to give clients service; they are there to stop irritated clients bothering important people.

ElephantHas the worst of the financial crisis in the eurozone passed? Fiona Rintoul looks at whether investing in European equities is a risk worth taking.

cupcakeIt is a year since Bill Gross, co-CIO at Pimco, stunned the fund management industry with an exchange-traded fund based on his Total Return Mutual fund. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at how each has performed.

Risk2In recognition of the AIFMD, Nicholas Pratt reviews the major risk systems available to alternative managers and the ways they can help firms to meet the directive’s risk management requirements.

Alain DuboisNicholas Pratt talks to Alain Dubois, chairman at Lyxor Asset Mangement, about the firm’s approach to risk management and the impact of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive on its risk processes.

RiskWith the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive to be implemented this July, the Funds Europe survey of some of the leading providers in third-party risk management services has a focus on alternative investments.

GavelThe Isle of Man recently moved to deter distressed-debt investors from pursuing claims against poor nations in its courts. These so-called ‘vulture funds’ are a small but growing business. Stefanie Eschenbacher reports.

AlchemyPension funds with liability-driven investment strategies may have to consider turning lower quality assets into higher grade stuff as central clearing for OTC derivatives takes hold, writes Nick Fitzpatrick.

BankThe absence of federalism in the eurozone is hindering its post-crisis recovery. Patrick Artus, of Natixis, compares the economic policies of the US and the eurozone, to see why America is now in a favourable economic position.

Gawain HughesIn December 2012, after much debate, agreement was reached by the European Council and Parliament to introduce a new regulation for European Venture Capital Funds positioned outside the scope of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD).

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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.