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: Smarter than beta

Jun 14, 2017

‘Smart beta’ investing is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to both conventional passive management and traditional active management.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smart beta: Unlocking key drivers of return

Jun 14, 2017

Manuela Sperandeo, iShares Head of Specialist Sales EMEA, tells Funds Europe how investors can leverage smart beta strategies to target numerous outcomes.

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SPONSORED FEATURE: The reflationary environment

Jun 06, 2017

Funds Europe talks to Andreas Wosol about the implications of a return to reflation and why the value part of the European equity market could support investors in such an environment.

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 & Panels

TRENDING: Smart beta indices continue onward march

Jun 14, 2017

We asked five investment experts how smart beta indices have performed against cap-weighted indices over the past year and what the investment outlook suggests about the prospect for different investment factors.

SMART MONEY: Following the smart money

Jun 14, 2017

We asked six investment professionals about the emphasis they are placing on smart beta and active ETFs and how platforms are adopting these products.