April 2016

Fiona RintoulAnother month, another tax scandal. This time it’s the so-called Panama papers: 11.5 million leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Screaming consumerIndependent fund directors are representatives of the public – but was the extra emphasis Ireland placed on them following the financial crisis just PR? By Nick Fitzpatrick.

DisguiseIf fund investors are worried closet indexers are overcharging them, do independent directors have a responsibility to take action? Nick Fitzpatrick considers whether they should, or even could.

The retail distribution landscape is changing, and asset managers need to know the drivers of this change as well as the most appropriate strategies to come out ahead in this disrupted environment, says CACEIS.

Man tabletRobo-advice is still a ‘yowling bairn’, says Fiona Rintoul, who looks at the birth of this automated service and asks what it may become later on.

PointingCalastone’s Rob Swan talks about how fund management businesses need and would benefit from greater visibility of clients and distributors.

In 2012, the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) permanently overhauled financial advice in the UK. Our panel discussed the impact it has had on distributors, and what more can be done to improve the industry.

Neil WiseClearstream’s Neil Wise tells Funds Europe why it’s time wealth managers reviewed risk and efficiency aspects of their post-trade processes – before it’s too late.

Distribution2The FCA has criticised financial advisers for the way they select fund platforms. Kit Klarenberg hears what the platform industry has to say about that.

Fabio di GiansantePioneer Investments believes its market neutral European Equity strategy is differentiated from competition due to a team approach to finding alpha across 13 different alpha sources.

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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.