March 2015

Fiona RintoulFor As long as I have been writing about the European fund industry, which is quite a long time now, there has been a great deal of chat about the need for improved private pension provision.

All gatesWith the RDR, and potentially under MiFID II, fund managers in Europe face a proliferation of share classes. Nick Fitzpatrick examines the operational challenges that stem from this.

CyclistInvestment management has a lot to learn from the sporting world. One Olympic coach is already active in helping fund managers sharpen their game, as Alix Robertson reports.

PaperboatQuantitative easing has seen huge inflows into ETFs that reference European indices. David Stevenson looks at where the flows are going.

Hockey playersIn a follow-up to last month’s cover story, ‘In defence of active management’, Nick Fitzpatrick seeks the views of management firms, advisers and an outspoken professor viewed as one of the sector’s foremost critics.

Euan MacLarenEuan MacLaren of Natixis Global Asset Management talks to Nick Fitzpatrick about the hallmarks of active equity management – and explains how these pointers may be different for bonds. 

ModelAgeing brings together a number of thematic investment topics, including technology and population growth. Fiona Rintoul explores further and looks at some of the companies piquing fund managers’ interest.

UK real eastateAttention has turned to UK commercial property as investors hunt for yield. But the lessons of the financial crisis, which revealed the perils of real estate investing, are forcing them to approach the sector differently, writes Orlando Crowcroft.

PragueIn light of the intense interest in UK real estate, Orlando Crowcroft looks at how fund managers are diversifying their investments both within the UK’s borders and slightly further afield.

The twin regulatory requirements of greater transparency and asset segregation create tough challenges for distributors, fund managers and their asset servicers. A processing model based on a single omnibus account is looking less and less suitable.

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ROUNDTABLE: The issue is perception

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Our panel discuss tax transparency, the elegance of private placement and why Jersey could do more to promote itself. Chaired by Tom Cowsill in Saint Helier.