May 2009

Many pension funds have made significant amendments to their securities lending programmes and, by and large, have become active again in time for the dividends season. Consequently the providers – lending agents and lending platforms – are optimistic. Nicholas Pratt reports.

Can statistical risk models used to avert plane crashes prevent market crashes? Will asset managers want them? And will chief executives even understand them? By Nick Fitzpatrick

Carmignac Gestion has sailed through the crisis largely unharmed. But how reliant is the firm on its eponymous leader, Edouard Carmignac? Angèle Spiteri Paris speaks to the man steering the French manager...

The largest and most important of the Bric economies, China has remained relatively resilient to the global economic meltdown. Jason M. Hepner, of Standard Life Investments, explains how investors can profit from trends there...

What does the future hold economically for Latin America’s heavyweights Mexico and Brazil? Mexico has more hurdles to overcome, but both countries are attractive to investors in the current global climate, says Jeff Casson of SWIP...

While the global recession is no doubt affecting the Bric economies, they are proving more resilient than the West. There is no mistaking a significant shift of power towards the newer international markets, says Fiona Rintoul

Nicholas Pratt talks to institutional investors to see what changes they have made to their securities lending programmes and what implications these will have for its long-term future...

Niklas Tell reports on a recent roundtable discussion in Stockholm on Funds Selection...

French custody banks charge the lowest fees in Europe, they say. But investors should expect these to increase, finds Angèle Spiteri Paris

Quant asset managers have come under fire for supposedly being pure number crunchers. But French investment firms argue quant will come back into favour – at least in France, writes Angèle Spiteri Paris

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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

ROUNDTABLE: The issue is perception

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Our panel discuss tax transparency, the elegance of private placement and why Jersey could do more to promote itself. Chaired by Tom Cowsill in Saint Helier.

ASSET SERVICING ROUNDTABLE: Under pressure

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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.