Luxembourg 2016

BusinessmenLuxembourg is at the heart of the issue of fund governance. If there is a need for more independent directors, how might it be met? And how can conflicts of interest be managed? Nick Fitzpatrick talks to two leading directors.

Businessmen runningLuxembourg’s ambitions to be a cross-border centre for alternative funds are under pressure. Ireland is still a most formidable player and other domiciles are gaining ‘third-country equivalence’. David Stevenson asks if the proposed Raif could be the answer.

The Ucits fund is likely to be the main fund of choice for many years, despite tighter regulation and competition from Asia, according to our panel of experts. Among other issues, it looks at the route to market for alternative funds.

DistributionIf Luxembourg’s funds industry is to bring down costs, wider support for centralised utilities is essential. But as the topic drags on, it’s beginning to sound a bit old-fashioned, finds David Stevenson.

The panel discusses at the impact of Ucits V on the asset servicing industry and the implications of blockchain for fund firms and their providers.

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.

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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.