June 2017

Fiona_RintoulPerhaps it’s because there’s an election on here in the UK, but I’m tired of seeing propaganda about inheritance tax.

SurprisedMiFID II’s unbundling rules on broker research payments could result in an acid test for fund board directors by the end of this year, says Nick Fitzpatrick.

FintechRecent weeks have seen some key, early fintech projects launch in the fund management industry. Lynn Strongin Dodds talks to some of the players.

Ahead of FundForum International on June 12-14, Funds Europe asked leading industry figures about the issues likely to be discussed.

Funds Europe talks to Andreas Wosol about the implications of a return to reflation and why the value part of the European equity market could support investors in such an environment.

MadridSpain will have a hard time implementing MiFID II into national law by the July deadline, says Miguel Sánchez Monjo, a Spanish lawyer at Cuatrecasas in Madrid.

BeethovenGermany has seen its fund flows boosted by risk appetite and multi-asset providers have benefited. This includes local firms and Invesco, finds Fiona Rintoul.

As fund flows surge, our expert panel discusses the drivers for sales and how distribution is changing under regulatory pressure and consumer trends.

Calastone-WillisUnlike music, funds cannot be pirated – but that doesn’t mean the industry will not be disrupted by digital technology like the record industry was, found research by Funds Europe in association with Calastone.

George_Mitton_Robots_PresentationThere were low expectations that robots would flood the financial advice industry when we polled delegates at Calastone’s Connect Forum. The event, ‘Distribution state-of-the-nation’, was held in partnership with Funds Europe.

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Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smarter than beta

Jun 14, 2017

‘Smart beta’ investing is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to both conventional passive management and traditional active management.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Smart beta: Unlocking key drivers of return

Jun 14, 2017

Manuela Sperandeo, iShares Head of Specialist Sales EMEA, tells Funds Europe how investors can leverage smart beta strategies to target numerous outcomes.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Minimum variance indices: Rewriting the rules

Jun 14, 2017

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SPONSORED FEATURE: The reflationary environment

Jun 06, 2017

Funds Europe talks to Andreas Wosol about the implications of a return to reflation and why the value part of the European equity market could support investors in such an environment.

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Finding managers that can (and do)

Apr 18, 2017

Fabrice Kremer, a fund selector at Banque de Luxembourg Investments, has berated fundamental managers for failing to beat indices, but he remains committed to active funds. He speaks to Nick...

JERSEY INTERVIEW: ‘A steady sort of place’

Mar 21, 2017

The chief executive of Jersey Finance is keen to portray the island as a stable, trustworthy jurisdiction. He talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables & Panels

TRENDING: Smart beta indices continue onward march

Jun 14, 2017

We asked five investment experts how smart beta indices have performed against cap-weighted indices over the past year and what the investment outlook suggests about the prospect for different investment factors.

SMART MONEY: Following the smart money

Jun 14, 2017

We asked six investment professionals about the emphasis they are placing on smart beta and active ETFs and how platforms are adopting these products.