October 2014

Fiona RintoulWe all know climate change could destroy our planet, making the kinds of choices that are the stock in trade of professional investors irrelevant.

Floating houseEvents such as the Scottish referendum are a chance for multi-asset funds to boost returns by tactical allocation, say managers. But is it really possible to second guess the market like this? George Mitton reports.

GemsWith the rise of dynamic asset allocators who use index funds to hunt returns, Nick Fitzpatrick asks two ETF strategists about their approach to investment.

Cayman islandsWinning over managers outside Europe will be crucial to the success of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, but offshore domiciles such as the Cayman Islands are still going strong. Stefanie Eschenbacher reports.

FogChange is sweeping across Africa, from a reduction in conflicts, to the creation of ‘Silicon Savannah’. Fiona Rintoul looks at factors that stir interest in this frontier market.

VietnamFrontier markets are hot, but what enthusiasts rarely mention are the complexities involved in accessing these assets. George Mitton reports.

Jonathan PolinIn a new series, Funds Europe in conjunction with Investec Asset Management, looks at the challenges affecting fund distributors. Jonathan Polin, group chief executive officer for Ashcourt Rowan, explains how combining a face-to-face approach with new digital solutions could be the way forward.

European Central BankFund manager reaction to the recent European Central Bank interest rate cut and an introduction of a bond-purchasing stimulus ranged from ‘too little, too late’ to praise for exceeding expectations.

Frontier markets are becoming increasingly popular among investors, partly because they have performed strongly and partly because investors seek diversification. Stefanie Eschenbacher talks to Priscilla Luk of S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Crosland and CareyThe Limited Liability Partnerships (Guernsey) Law came into force in May to meet demand for limited liability partnership (LLPs) structures in Guernsey.

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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.