May 2014

ClockWe examine the most interesting fund launches in the recent past and profile one fund a year after it began.

TruckIn the second of a two-part article, the Edhec-Risk Institute looks at further conclusions from its recent survey of the liability-driven investing practices of European pension funds.

Gold fishAs consolidation continues in the alternative fund administration sector, Nicholas Prattexamines the implications for both administrators and their clients alternative fund administration.

Tanguy LeSaoutActive management often emphasises alpha, but the beta element is crucial, and can be flexible. Pioneer Investments explained this to clients at its conference, where Funds Europe was the media partner.

EU parliamentThe European Parliament elections in mid-May could see a strong showing for anti-EU, populist parties. Could they interrupt or slow the pace of financial regulation? Don’t bet on it. George Mitton reports.

Fiona RintoulAs a fully paid-up grammar pedant, I have to confess to having a growing obsession with capital letters.

Spanish flagSpain is very much a fixed income market, but the appetite for risk is rising. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at how domestic and foreign asset managers are positioned at this inflection point.

PilotsNo fund manager would admit bias – let alone fear, longing and prejudice. But behavioural finance says that investors are subject to these emotions. Fiona Rintoul claims checklists are a useful weapon in the war against bias.

Emerging markets signEmerging market ETFs have seen a short period of renewed inflows. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at measures needed to make their performance more transparent.

ChinaThe Chinese economy is overly leveraged and showing the same indicators that the banking industry did in 2008. Common sense has failed again, says Robbert van Batenburg at Newedge.

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Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Investing for income

May 17, 2017

Portfolio Manager Thomas Kruse examines the findings from Pioneer Investments’ survey on income investing and outlines ways of achieving a target income.

SPONSORED ARTICLE: A radical solution to KYC concerns

May 17, 2017

The 1MDB affair shows that lax know-your-customer and due-diligence procedures are a major risk, says Paolo Brignardello, head of product management and marketing, Fundsquare. New solutions are...

SPONSORED FEATURE: AIFMD - What does Brexit mean?

Apr 18, 2017

An open discussion between funds industry experts and initiated by SGG Luxembourg took place in London to examine  the implications of Brexit for UK fund managers marketing to the EU.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Luxembourg fund reporting – CRS vs FATCA

Apr 18, 2017

Luxembourg funds need clear procedures for CRS compliance, writes Andrew Knight, Partner at M Partners, a member of the Maitland network of law firms.

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

MARKETING & BRANDING ROUNDTABLE: It’s about aspiration

May 17, 2017

With such an intangible product, it can be hard for asset managers to communicate what they do. Having personality and connecting with customer aspirations may be the key, our branding roundtable hears.

ROUNDTABLE: The issue is perception

Mar 21, 2017

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.