November 2012

ViennaSometimes you need to get away from the centre to find the ideas that might help to stabilise the centre. Where is the centre of Europe? Frankfurt? Paris? Berlin? London? (Obviously not London.)

Made in chinaWith its Western trade partners poorer than ever, no wonder slowing exports has caused concern about China’s growth. But Stefanie Eschenbacher finds domestic consumption plays a bigger role in GDP than many realise.

ArchWith France a major player in the eurozone crisis, George Mitton asks what the country’s asset management industry is making of a new president and of bond yields that don’t do what they ought to.

Aifel towerCould regulations such as Solvency II increase demand for non-traditional investment products, such as guaranteed funds, smart indices and low-volatility strategies? George Mitton surveys the French players.

LocksFunds Europe travelled to Paris and asked the big three French asset servicers to explain their success or failure at increasing assets under custody. George Mitton reports.

Hendrik-du-ToitSouth African roots mean Investec Asset Management may have a competitive advantage when it comes to investing in emerging markets and commodities. Hendrik du Toit tells Stefanie Eschenbacher that his route is about quality and depth, not breadth.

JunkyardThe US high yield corporate debt market has been one of the few successful asset classes in the crisis era. Nicholas Pratt asks if it has staying power.

EurozoneEuropean economists tell Funds Europe their views about the possibility of a eurozone break-up and how well policymakers are performing.

rolling up sleevesFiona Rintoul looks at retail trends in the UK and finds that the denial period is over and it is time for acceptance and implementation of the Retail Distribution Review.

SurveyorWith the ‘unbundling’ of research and increased transparency of execution costs, Per Lovén of Liquidnet Europe looks at the reform of the trading landscape.

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