May 2016

Fiona RintoulI recently bought something I have never bought before: a darning needle. With this exotic  contraption, I rescued from extinction an expensive lambswool cardigan, two hats, one pair of gloves and several pairs of hillwalking socks.

Deaprting trainThe fund platform market in the UK has seen major changes since the Retail Distribution Review. David Stevenson looks at how changes have affected the way platforms operating in the adviser market select funds.

Brexit flagsFunds Europe, in association with RBC Investor & Treasury Services, hosted an event to discuss how one of the biggest political decisions since the Maastricht Treaty will affect the asset management industry.

Graham Ray of Deutsche Bank explains about why the funds industry must collaborate to find a way to meet the growing demand for segregated accounts versus omnibus accounts.

Andrea RossiAxa Investment Managers chief executive officer, Andrea Rossi, talks to David Stevenson about bringing all his firm’s subsidiaries under one name and the opportunities that a difficult market presents.

Through the looking glassYou wouldn’t expect an oil company’s ESG rating to be higher than a green energy provider’s. Or would you? Fiona Rintoul finds the ESG ratings market that MSCI and Morningstar recently entered can be a bit topsy-turvy.

Green tea plantationEmerging market equities have experienced an extended period of lower returns compared to other asset classes. Despite this, the team at LGM believes that there is a strong long-term case for the asset class but argues that a selective approach is required.

Temples in BaganEconomic and political upheaval across Asia is opening up new opportunities in equities. Kit Klarenberg looks into some of the rewards and hazards.

Nearly a year on from the Ucits V survey conducted by Funds Europe and RBC Investor & Treasury Services, we gauge action taken by the funds industry as the updated Ucits rules progress. But the main focus of this 2016 survey is on the level of preparedness for the profound changes that MiFID II will bring.

As technology develops in leaps and bounds and millennials enter the market in force, asset management could be a very different industry five years from now. Our panel discussed how this disruption will pan out.

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Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Investing for income

May 17, 2017

Portfolio Manager Thomas Kruse examines the findings from Pioneer Investments’ survey on income investing and outlines ways of achieving a target income.

SPONSORED ARTICLE: A radical solution to KYC concerns

May 17, 2017

The 1MDB affair shows that lax know-your-customer and due-diligence procedures are a major risk, says Paolo Brignardello, head of product management and marketing, Fundsquare. New solutions are...

SPONSORED FEATURE: AIFMD - What does Brexit mean?

Apr 18, 2017

An open discussion between funds industry experts and initiated by SGG Luxembourg took place in London to examine  the implications of Brexit for UK fund managers marketing to the EU.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Luxembourg fund reporting – CRS vs FATCA

Apr 18, 2017

Luxembourg funds need clear procedures for CRS compliance, writes Andrew Knight, Partner at M Partners, a member of the Maitland network of law firms.

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

MARKETING & BRANDING ROUNDTABLE: It’s about aspiration

May 17, 2017

With such an intangible product, it can be hard for asset managers to communicate what they do. Having personality and connecting with customer aspirations may be the key, our branding roundtable hears.

ROUNDTABLE: The issue is perception

Mar 21, 2017

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.