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imageBetter returns and new ways of measuring alpha make currencies more attractive as an asset class, finds Nick Fitzpatrick. And as fund managers look for alpha, emerging markets are attracting attention...

imageSmall caps tend to do well coming out of economic downturns. The same may be the case for this one, but Fiona Rintoul finds that political error is a key risk in an unprecentdeted stimuls environment

imageChristina Chung, fund manager at RCM in Hong Kong, talks to Fiona Rintoul about China, including concerns about inflation and whether the government needs to make consumers out of farmers

imageIn last year’s spectacular rally in US equities, established large-cap stocks fell by the wayside in favour of cyclical stocks. What now that cyclicals are not looking as attractive, asks Angèle Spiteri Paris?

The success story of ETFs has not been brought to a halt. But counterparty risk associated with them has been thrust into the limelight, writes Angèle Spiteri Paris

Have investors benefited from the creation of super asset managers or will boutiques serve their needs better? Patrick Armstrong, of Armstrong Investment Managers, considers the changing nature of the business

There may be huge potential in the emissions trading markets, but investors are uncertain about their direction post-Kyoto, writes Angèle Spiteri Paris

Soc Gen’s global head of securities services, Alain Closier, tells Nick Fitzpatrick how the firm has derisked the business following the collapse of Lehman Brothers

Traders are calling for interoperability among Europe’s various clearing houses. Nicholas Pratt examines developments in the cash equities space

Three years since competition in the UK fund clearing & settlement industry heated up, Philippe Seyll, head of Clearstream’s funds division, tells Nicholas Pratt about his firm's coverage of the most commonly traded funds

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Sponsored Profiles

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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.

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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.