November 2013

Digital engagementUnlike fools and their money, fund managers and their jargon, in my experience, are not easily parted. When not penning irksome columns, I train finance folks to write nicely. Having paid good money for this, they often cling to their beloved jargon like drowning men to a life raft.

RussiaWhen the snow melts next spring, Russia’s capital markets could look completely different. With reforms in full swing and Moscow’s standing in the world elevated after the chemical weapons tragedy in Syria. ....

HouseRegulation is pushing French banks to prioritise deposits over mutual funds. In this tough environment, French asset managers are looking to cut costs and expand abroad. George Mitton reports.

Pierre ServantThe chief executive of Natixis Global Asset Management tells George Mitton about the challenging French market, acquisition plans and why significant asset managers must be present in the US.

ChampagneThe big three French custodians all reported a rise in custody assets this year, but they are not celebrating yet. Fee pressure, regulatory costs and low interest rates continue to put a strain on profits. George Mitton reports.

Churchill FranklinChurchill G. Franklin co-founded Boston’s Acadian in 1986. He tells Nick Fitzpatrick what the firm did differently and how its international outlook led to a Ucits business based in London.

CraneWhen official statistics are on hold, investors can always rely on the informal crane index. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to US fund firms about the health of the domestic market.

MegaphoneInvestors have pulled back from corporate bonds in 2013. Fiona Rintoul asks if the asset class has anything more to give.

Liam CollinsWhen the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) was published in 2011, asset managers believed they had a full three years, until July 2014, to implement the significant changes required under the legislation.

MeetingLacking regulatory focus and investment, the proxy voting system is riddled with difficulties, finds Nicholas Pratt.

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Sponsored Profiles

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Mar 16, 2017

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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.