November 2014

Fiona RintoulOn November 9 it will be 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall’s collapse was preceded by a couple of months of popular unrest in East Germany.

Plane takeoffFrench asset management chief executives have little choice but to be stoic in the face of perhaps one of the toughest domestic markets in the world. The US and Asia are sources of relief, finds George Mitton.

ChefsAfter struggling with the implementation of alternative investment laws, France’s three asset servicing giants are at least winning new business, reports George Mitton. 

Fannie WurtzETF providers are broadening their ranges with smart beta funds, specialised products and even a fund that tracks only luxury product makers, as they seek to steal market share from active fund managers. We talked to Fannie Wurtz of Amundi about the trends.

Shopping trolleyIn an uneven economic recovery, ailing consumer companies have created compelling short opportunities for equity long/short hedge fund managers. Stefanie Eschenbacher explores the investment strategies. 

Barry McInerneyBarry McInerney, co-chief executive at BMO Global Asset Management, which bought F&C earlier this year, tells Nick Fitzpatrick in Chicago how the beleaguered F&C can benefit from new access to North America.

Saker NusseibehSaker Nusseibeh says responsible capitalism is at a tipping point. The chief executive of ethical investor Hermes Investment Management, talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

MicrophoneCompany restructuring in the face of heightened shareholder pressure is gathering momentum. Companies, as well as investors, can benefit, finds Fiona Rintoul. 

The demand for income investing solutions has become more evident each year. Pioneer Investments has engaged in extensive research to identify the key trends behind this demand.

TechnologyChanges in technology, investment strategy and the regulatory environment have all conspired to alter managers’ IT infrastructure. Nicholas Pratt looks at how these changes have affected vendors of order management systems.

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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.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Interest rate risk hedging: Swapping to other options

Mar 16, 2017

Heightened margin requirements for cleared and uncleared OTC derivatives pose a challenge for legitimate hedging activities and are driving financial institutions to explore alternative hedging...

SPONSORED FEATURE: Why blockchain could be the fund industry’s next Ford Model T

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

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

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.

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.