February 2015

Fiona RintoulGiven that I’m not a part of the fund management industry, but a small scavenger being who feeds on its fringes, I sometimes feel as though I am living in two worlds: the financial world and the real world.

DefenceActive managers need to stand up and be counted in the face of criticism about their returns. Nick Fitzpatrick hears how the genuinely active might do this.

Measuring successPaying careful attention to benchmarks is one way active managers and advisers can give value to their clients, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

ClimbersThe bull market in US equities has left active managers struggling to beat the market return. Alix Robertson looks at the challenges they have faced and hears why these may evaporate in the coming year.

RainforestOnce, it seemed, investors could not go wrong with emerging market bonds. Fund managers are more cautious now and opportunities may be for the bravehearted only. David Stevenson explains why.

JuryThe AIFMD heralds a massive change in the way alternative investment funds are marketed and administrated. With the effect on fund servicing centres likely to be huge, jurisdictions have already started to evolve.

Mauro RattoSpeculation that China could be heading for a hard landing, or even a financial crisis, led to increased nervousness across the investment community throughout 2014.

GoldTo many, the bull market in gold that peaked in 2011 now looks like a classic bubble. With equities looking robust, David Stevenson asks whether the precious metal still deserves a place in portfolios.

BinaryDigital technology means economic data has never been so abundant. In a market dominated by Reuters and Bloomberg, Alix Robertson reports on how smaller companies are getting in on the act.

Renewable energyRenewable energy producers are finding regulatory support globally, and accessing the sector is possible through numerous avenues. But how altruistic are investors themselves? Fiona Rintoul reports.

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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

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Industry heavyweights, including agent lenders, discuss issues affecting the securities lending sector such as regulation and the types of collateral being used.