Sec Lending 2013

Backgammon boardLong-only investment managers could use hedge fund short-selling data as a sign post for stock prices, finds Lynn Strongin Dodds. But there are questions about whether data provides enough information about market direction and whether it is economical.

RunnerBenchmarking is an increasingly important service for asset managers and asset owners involved in the securities lending market. Nicholas Pratt examines the offerings of three main providers.

SunsetFixed income lending has stayed stable while equities business has declined. Lynn Strongin Dodds looks at certain drivers, such as regulation and tapering, that could see bond lending start to rise.

Indemnification in securities lending means providers have ‘skin in the game’, keeping them honest. But there are signs that indemnities are weakening. Plus, directors of Ucits funds should scrutinse lending agents’ fees more. These are two of the issues our lending panel discusses. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

ArrowsRegulators favour centralised clearing, but central counterparties have a tough job getting lenders to use them, finds Nicholas Pratt.

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Executive Interviews

CEO INTERVIEW: Munro gains three-year track record

Mar 16, 2017

Aviva Investors’ annual results this month were the third set since Euan Munro took over as CEO. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to him about the ‘Aims’ fund at the heart of the firm’s outcome strategy.

DISTRIBUTION INTERVIEW: Tales of the unexpected

Mar 16, 2017

Laurence Terryn, a fund selector at Candriam, tells David Stevenson how the twists and turns of the past year’s macro environment flavoured her approach to fund selection.

Roundtables

ASSET SERVICING ROUNDTABLE: Under pressure

Mar 07, 2017

Funds Europe speaks to leading Luxembourg industry figures about the growing regulatory demands on asset servicers and how to remain profitable in spite of major investments in technology.

SEC LENDING ROUNDTABLE: Both a borrower and a lender be

Jan 11, 2017

Industry heavyweights, including agent lenders, discuss issues affecting the securities lending sector such as regulation and the types of collateral being used.