May 2015

Fiona RintoulUnexpected item iN the bagging area” bleats the automatic checkout in the supermarket. As usual, I have dropped my keys or gloves or newspaper bought in another shop in the sacred area reserved for shopping and bags that have been weighed and measured.

Cyber palmThe rapid evolution of cyber crime is a major headache for security experts, whose focus has moved from prevention to live attacks. As well as thieves, asset managers are now targeted by geopolitical players, writes Alix Robertson.

ArguingActivist hedge funds have grown in popularity and produced decent returns – but as David Stevenson reports, the tactics of some have sparked controversy.

Euro windfallCentral bank stimulus and huge fund inflows that followed it have propelled European stocks. Alix Robertson asks if this is good or bad for active investors.

LiquidThe danger with ETFs, say critics, is that market turmoil could expose them as less liquid than their providers assume. David Stevenson finds out if there is any substance to the claims.

Lars HamichUS-based Van Eck Global has launched its first Ucits ETFs in Europe covering the hugely out-of-favour gold-mining sector. Lars Hamich, its European CEO, tells David Stevenson why.

Monica DefendThe Eurozone lift-off is welcomed – but the need for income is still a fundamental challenge. With bond yields at record lows, new sources of income are needed. Funds Europe was media partner at the Pioneer Investments annual investor conference.

Building and maintaining a brand is just as much a risk management exercise as it is a marketing objective. Our panel discusses how brand links with performance, along with the challenges marketers face in the digital world.

SwitzerlandAs the cost of living there has risen, the trend of investment managers moving to Swiss cities has slowed. But in terms of work/life balance, parts of Switzerland are becoming increasingly attractive, says Christopher Cruden of Insch Capital.

Stormy cloudsAs dark pools come under fire from regulators, ITG’s Rob Boardman argues that continued negativity towards alternative trading systems poses a threat to asset managers and their investors.

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Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Alternative thinking

Mar 16, 2017

Portfolio Manager Davide Cataldo discusses the results of the Pioneer Investments’ survey on liquid alternatives and how investors can be encouraged to increase their allocation.

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Mar 16, 2017

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Mar 16, 2017

Blockchain aims to radically change the way investors can access funds, says Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Fundsquare.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Open architecture: In need of protection

Mar 16, 2017

Greater efficiency must be embraced to ensure regulatory changes do not destroy choice for fund buyers, says Bernard Tancré of Clearstream.

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.