October 2013

Fiona RintoulThe mother of a friend of mine is about to lose her home because she took out a high-risk, speculative mortgage. Under the new terms, her house was remortgaged and the money invested in unit trusts.

Office buildingsIn the rage against ever-rising executive pay, regulators are stumbling to create rules that address remuneration practices in the financial services industry. Stefanie Eschenbacher asks what has changed since the collapse of Lehman Brothers five years ago.

Massimo-TosatoMassimo Tosato talks to Nick Fitzpatrick about Schroders’ brand-building in fixed income, how to confront declining margins, and why the purchase of a small Swiss asset manager will definitely not be a catastrophe.

SwitzerlandThe threatened flood of asset managers to Switzerland from London was more of a trickle, finds Fiona Rintoul, who looks at the Swiss industry as it vies to attract more fund management business.

RupeeEmerging market funds have been hit by outflows while currencies such as the Indian rupee have plummeted in value. Is this the start of a crisis or, as emerging market investors say, merely an adjustment? George Mitton reports.

ShipLiability-driven investment is a half trillion pound business in the UK, but the market is dominated by three big players. Could a second-tier provider upset this balance? George Mitton reports.

SaintThere are ways for fund houses to stay on the right side of the law as regulators tighten their grip, say Eve Ellis and Michael Harris at Charles Russell.

Train wheelsHalf of alternative fund managers say the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is still a source of uncertainty and they fear the consequences of non-compliance, writes Hani Kablawi at BNY Mellon.

Sally AzarmiThe status of an individual in employment – whether they are a partner, employer, self-employed or a worker – is a question which sometimes arises for individuals and businesses, with far-reaching implications for their rights, obligations and their liability to pay tax.

ParisThe secured loan market has been an area of relative safety for investors fleeing interest rate risk, says Adeel Shafiqullah at Pinebridge Investments.

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