July-August 2016

I write to you from Leipzig, a city I first visited 30 years ago when it lay behind the Iron Curtain. Back then, I needed a visa to visit, which took months to obtain.

As UK equity fund managers come to terms with the Brexit vote, David Stevenson looks at what shape their portfolios were in and what’s next for this asset class.

French fund management is looking at ways to further internationalise its already large industry, including making the customer experience better.

The UK will have much to learn from Switzerland about fund distribution in Europe from outside the EU. Fiona Rintoul reports.

Our panel discusses the state of the Swiss asset management industry and why gaining a passport under the AIFMD could be a game-changer.

Swiss custody banks are in danger of seeing their market share wither as Swiss investors globalise and look to international partners for help, reports Nicholas Pratt.

Funds Europe and Sergei Strigo of Amundi analyse the results of a survey that shows a high level of interest in emerging markets.

Despite its youthfulness, big data has rapidly grown to become all the rage in many sectors. The asset management industry is no exception - but is the hype justified? Kit Klarenberg investigates.

Asset managers must soon offer a default option with a capped fee for members of Hong Kong’s mandatory pension scheme. George Mitton reports.

Spike Hughes of Cohesion Investments, a UK distributor, says it’s time to allocate to Indian equities and explains how the lack of broker research for many Indian companies influences manager selection.

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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.