December-January 2017

Are we getting used to seismic political events? It begins to seem so. The ‘no’ result in the Italian referendum on December 4 wasn’t seismic exactly, but the reaction to it from investors was definitely more muted than it might have been had they not already had to metabolise Brexit and president-elect Trump.

Donald Trump’s victory has fund managers gripping their seats. The only question is ‘what next?’ Fiona Rintoul asks fund managers for their thoughts.

Against the recent emerging markets revival, the number of Brics fund closures has increased. Kit Klarenberg asks if this suggests developing regions are no longer worthy of investors’ attention.

Adeline Ng, head of Asia fixed income for BNP Paribas Investment Partners, discusses Asia’s bond markets in light of Trump’s victory.

Asian local currency bonds have offered a yield pick-up over US treasury bonds this year. However, following the US election, David Stevenson asks if investors still have the risk appetite for the asset class.

2016 was the year emerging markets returned to the spotlight, as they regained ground since the 2012 sell-off. Funds Europe asked our panel if this appetite will persist in 2017.

Following the FTSE upgrade of Palestine to frontier market status, Fiona Rintoul speaks to Palestinian and Israeli investors who let business rather than politics lead them.

The Mutual Recognition of Funds scheme was a hot topic of discussion at an asset management briefing in Hong Kong. Alan Chalmers reports.

In our final survey of fund professionals’ attitudes towards emerging markets in conjunction with Amundi, investors seem certain about which regions and assets offer the best opportunities – and the best way to access them.

Jeff Conway, regional chief executive for State Street, talks to David Stevenson about regulation and how the firm will handle the challenge of tech disruption.

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Sponsored Profiles

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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.