May 2010

Ucits III funds continue to shape product development, while the economic landscape provides opportunities in high yield, finds Nick Fitzpatrick in a review of recent fund launches

Funds Europe talks to a selection of fund-manager dealing heads and finds that regulatory change, such as Mifid, has been largely successful

IT'S GOOD TO TALK:  Betsy Anderson of Ignis Asset Management talks to Nicholas Pratt about the advantages of building a dealing desk from scratch, the success of Mifid and the importance of understanding a fund manager’s real intentions

In this buy-side trading report, we look at the technology developments and regulatory changes affecting the sector. Nicholas Pratt talks to a number of experts in the industry

With the market plateauing, a number of managers are investing in absolute return funds, which promise more stable returns. But providers should be more transparent about performance fees, finds Angele Spiteri Paris

We may be over the worst of the crisis, but profitability levels are a long way off their peak for most companies and the outlook is generally downbeat. Angèle Spiteri Paris considers who will prosper in this new environment...

GAINS and STRAINS:  Funds Europe looks at the changing investment attitudes among eight major European pension funds: AP3 (Sweden), DMGT (UK), Pensioenfonds KBC (Belgium), Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (Norway), NTMA (Ireland), KEVA (Finland), ABP (Netherlands) and FRR (France).

Group CIO of Schroders, Alan Brown, is well placed to gauge pension fund concerns. Funds still have time to capture emerging market growth, he tells Nick Fitzpatrick...

Pension funds should beware of investment fads and consider asset classes in terms of their risk exposure, says P-Solve boss Mike Faulkner. By Angele Spiteri Paris

Roger Gray, CIO of the USS pension fund for the past seven months, talks to Angele Spiteri Paris about hedge funds, missed opportunities and strengthening ‘middle ground’ processes

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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.