April 2017

Fiona_RintoulBrexit is happening. So, what does it mean for the European fund industry? Your guess is as good as mine – better, probably.

Money_treeFunds and mandates that incorporate environmental, social and governance criteria are flourishing. The jury is out on how they perform compared to mainstream funds, but do they make money for the companies that run them? Fiona Rintoul reports.

With the global economy expected to deliver synchronised growth in 2017, experts in some of the major asset classes share their market comments with Funds Europe.

FirefighterMany MiFID requirements are keeping the buy-side awake at night, but investor protection obligations, which entail fund manufacturers and distributors working more closely, top the list. Lynn Strongin Dodds looks at how firms are looking for support from service providers.

RoadDiversification and moves towards more global but concentrated mandates have been some of the main trends in equity investing in recent months. As the world economy picks up speed, Mark Latham looks at the opportunities in an asset class where many markets have been rising, from Brazil to Europe.

Police_droneTechnology used to support regulatory compliance will transform asset management by facilitating digitalisation, says Tom Pfister of Confluence.

Fabrice_KremerFabrice 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 Fitzpatrick.

Sports_carWith exchange-traded funds growing faster than hedge funds, Mark Latham looks at the trends that have powered ETF sales in recent months and asks whether fears of a stock market bubble in the US could eventually impact Europe.

BullAsset management is in danger of becoming another industry thrown into stasis by an overbearing bureaucracy, says Jean Keller, CEO of Quaero Capital.

Playing_diceThe growth of two types of exchange-traded fund used typically for short-term trading indicates the trouble with passive investing in Asia. George Mitton reports.

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Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smarter than beta

Jun 14, 2017

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Jun 14, 2017

Manuela Sperandeo, iShares Head of Specialist Sales EMEA, tells Funds Europe how investors can leverage smart beta strategies to target numerous outcomes.

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SPONSORED FEATURE: The reflationary environment

Jun 06, 2017

Funds Europe talks to Andreas Wosol about the implications of a return to reflation and why the value part of the European equity market could support investors in such an environment.

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

Jun 14, 2017

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

Jun 14, 2017

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