May 2010

Ucits III funds continue to shape product development, while the economic landscape provides opportunities in high yield, finds Nick Fitzpatrick in a review of recent fund launches

Funds Europe talks to a selection of fund-manager dealing heads and finds that regulatory change, such as Mifid, has been largely successful

IT'S GOOD TO TALK:  Betsy Anderson of Ignis Asset Management talks to Nicholas Pratt about the advantages of building a dealing desk from scratch, the success of Mifid and the importance of understanding a fund manager’s real intentions

In this buy-side trading report, we look at the technology developments and regulatory changes affecting the sector. Nicholas Pratt talks to a number of experts in the industry

With the market plateauing, a number of managers are investing in absolute return funds, which promise more stable returns. But providers should be more transparent about performance fees, finds Angele Spiteri Paris

We may be over the worst of the crisis, but profitability levels are a long way off their peak for most companies and the outlook is generally downbeat. Angèle Spiteri Paris considers who will prosper in this new environment...

GAINS and STRAINS:  Funds Europe looks at the changing investment attitudes among eight major European pension funds: AP3 (Sweden), DMGT (UK), Pensioenfonds KBC (Belgium), Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (Norway), NTMA (Ireland), KEVA (Finland), ABP (Netherlands) and FRR (France).

Group CIO of Schroders, Alan Brown, is well placed to gauge pension fund concerns. Funds still have time to capture emerging market growth, he tells Nick Fitzpatrick...

Pension funds should beware of investment fads and consider asset classes in terms of their risk exposure, says P-Solve boss Mike Faulkner. By Angele Spiteri Paris

Roger Gray, CIO of the USS pension fund for the past seven months, talks to Angele Spiteri Paris about hedge funds, missed opportunities and strengthening ‘middle ground’ processes

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Sponsored Profiles

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Jun 14, 2017

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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.