June 2016

Every UK citizen should perhaps be made to write an article on the German asset management industry in the run-up to the referendum on UK membership of the European Union on 23 June.

Sitting at the heart of the European project, it’s only natürlich that German firms want to leverage Ucits regulations as fully as possible.

Redundancies at some of fund management’s biggest firms come at a time of general industry health, so what factors are behind them? Kit Klarenberg finds technology and expired business strategies are part of the cause.

Global financial markets that seem to move together in one direction or another based on the decision of central bankers or the latest shift in macroeconomic trends make it difficult to find sources of real diversification.

Marketing and advertising have seen big changes, with digital growing ever more dominant. Our panel talked about the standout campaigns of recent years, reaching the retail market, the RDR and future trends.

The ‘Manager Led Product’ – a solution for alternative managers inside and outside the EU – was warmly received by a London audience when unveiled at the Guernsey Funds Forum recently.

Rarely has the publication of an EU financial text been so keenly anticipated as Delegated Acts under MiFID II. Nicholas Pratt looks at one of the main issues, the unbundling of broker research costs.

The more than 60 fixed income electronic trading platforms that have sprung up in the past two years are changing the landscape. Nicholas Pratt looks at how asset managers, such as Axa Investment Managers, are adapting.

Paul North, head of product management EMEA at BNY Mellon, looks at how requirements for the new PRIIPS Key Investor Documents and MiFID 2 may overlap.

Funds that mimic index returns may be cheap, but they are not simple to run. Kit Klarenberg considers some of the difficulties for index fund providers, whose business is booming.

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Executive Interviews

CEO INTERVIEW: Munro gains three-year track record

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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

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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

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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.