September 2016

In the departure lounge at Geneva airport this week, I was struck by just how facile the advertisements for Swiss watches have become.

Some European institutional investors remain confident about UK property investment, a much-troubled sector since the EU referendum, finds Kit Klarenberg.

UK asset managers took to the Ucits passport like ducks to water, but now Britain has voted to leave the European Union, they could find themselves deported from the continent. Kit Klarenberg investigates.

Clarity and agreement about ‘product governance’ topics under MiFID II are needed so that the directive does not become a barrier to investment, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

Thinking about investments in terms of beating a specific market benchmark has served many very well in the past, but that does not mean such an approach will be appropriate in the future.

Fund management firms Aberdeen and HSBC Global meet with specialist providers to speak about how the industry is evolving towards MiFID II.

The potential impact of MiFID II on product governance led to lively discussions at the Euroclear/Funds Europe roundtable, with one likely challenge in particular concentrating participants’ minds.

David Stevenson looks at where bond investors, starved of yields because of central banks, are finding returns. Two areas are Latin America and, of course, high yield – though the latter has been hit by defaults.

For many small and medium-sized enterprises, crowdfunding platforms have replaced banks as lenders of choice, but could crowdfunding platforms also steal investors from fund managers? Fiona Rintoul reports.

Amundi Funds Equity Europe Conservative draws on ten years’ experience to deliver equity growth and yields, without the typical equity market drawdown.

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Luxembourg funds need clear procedures for CRS compliance, writes Andrew Knight, Partner at M Partners, a member of the Maitland network of law firms.

Executive Interviews

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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...

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The chief executive of Jersey Finance is keen to portray the island as a stable, trustworthy jurisdiction. He talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables

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With such an intangible product, it can be hard for asset managers to communicate what they do. Having personality and connecting with customer aspirations may be the key, our branding roundtable hears.

ROUNDTABLE: The issue is perception

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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.