April 2015

Fiona RintoulDoes pay matter? This question – which is very much in the news at the moment – is not as easy to answer as you might think.

PencilsPension schemes can still invest in offshore alternative funds, but national regulations are making the task harder, finds Nick Fitzpatrick. Meanwhile, Aberdeen Asset Management is planning an alternative Ucits launch.

BoxesSurvey after survey points to increased allocations to alternative assets by pension funds, writes Alix Robertson.

AliceYields on sovereign bonds and bank interest rates have moved into negative territory, making the world of fixed income a challenging place to navigate. David Stevenson finds out how asset managers are dealing with the new normal.

Travelers chequesAfter a number of scandals, confidence in foreign exchange execution is at an all-time low. Nicholas Pratt examines whether it is time for some sweeping changes and new trading models.

CarrotsBefore long, just feeding the population may require two Earth-sized planets. This makes food a highly important investment theme, as Fiona Rintoul reports. 

Hugh PrendergastFunds Europe talks to Pioneer Investments’ Hugh Prendergast about new thinking on asset allocation and risk management and embracing new sources of returns. 

Ho RheeMirae Asset Global Investments has tripled its Ucits assets in two years. Alix Robertson talks to its chief executive in Hong Kong, Jung Ho Rhee.

Binary code tunnelAs financial technology or ‘FinTech’ firms continue to grow in popularity, Alix Robertson looks at the obstacles that lie in the way of implementing new solutions and the rewards that can be found at the finish line.

Jeremy Paxman at Jersey finBuoyed by its financial sector’s recent successes, Jersey is ready and willing to build its existing business and expand into new asset classes.

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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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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.