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: 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

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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

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.