October 2016

Last winter, my husband and I decamped to a tiny village on the Isle of Harris where we had bought a house the year before.

Young people’s attitudes and mores are a perennial concern for adults. In its relationship with millennial investors, the funds industry is a baffled grown up. Fiona Rintoul considers the difficulties and importance of how the industry is connecting with them.

After half a decade in retreat, some analysts questioned whether gold would ever recover. But a chain of macroeconomic events has panicked investors, so Kit Klarenberg investigates whether the precious metal is finally salvaging its lost lustre.

When politicians kicked out proposals for how Priips would work in practice, it was momentous. Kit Klarenberg reports on what led to the dissent.

Liquid alternatives are in vogue at the moment but at the same time their performance has been questioned. David Stevenson investigates the burgeoning asset class that allows retail investors access to hedge fund strategies, previously out of their reach.

Can investor interests be aligned with the business objectives of a fund provider? Noel Ford, an independent director, says they should be – and looks beyond compliance to the distribution issues for fund boards.

Investors are ever louder in calling for more women board members, yet the number of senior women in fund management firms is not that high, reveals Yenni Leighton of Aperitif Ventures. She discusses the broad issue of corporate diversity.

Preserving the right to passport funds to the European Union is a vital aim of Brexit negotiations for UK fund managers. Kit Klarenberg assesses the likelihood the UK will retain this cherished ability.

One of the perennial questions asked with respect to the UK and European fund landscape is why the life sciences sector is not as large and well-funded as in the US by professional investors.

Fund manager Mickaël Tricot speaks about the results of the second Amundi/Funds Europe emerging markets survey, which focuses on valuations, growth and volatility.

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Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smarter than beta

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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

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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

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