September 2015

Fiona RintoulSome years ago, I was invited to a pre-credit crunch jolly at Queens Club in London by a technology company.

TouchscreenRobeco’s web analytics have given its fund sales a boost. At the same time, writes Nick Fitzpatrick, Aberdeen Asset Management looks like it’s planning something big in digital.

Naïm Abou JaoudéNaïm Abou-Jaoudé has headed Candriam since 2007. The firm cut its link with troubled bank Dexia and the CEO now tells Nick Fitzpatrick about how growth under its new US owner has led to a record year.

Lost and foundMore than €5 billion in unclaimed withholding tax is a greater drag on fund returns than fees. In 2013, the OECD approved a project to ease tax reclaims – but it has not been adopted, writes Alix Robertson.

Man on a ledgeAs the Greek bailout crisis unfolded, it was hard at times not to wonder if the lunatics were running the asylum. Whose idea was this? How could it have gone so badly wrong? Fiona Rintoul hears fund managers’ views on the region as it emerges from crisis.

Gaining a passport into Luxembourg for its UCITS ManCo permissions will see third-party administrator Maitland attain Super ManCo status.

Rainer SchnablFunds Europe, in association with Investec Asset Management, speaks to Rainer Schnabl, chief executive of Raiffeisen Capital Management, who thinks MiFID II will make funds more popular.

Rubbish signThe Fed is looking to raise interest rates at last – but the bond market is keen to avoid a repeat of 1994, when multiple hikes nearly decimated it. David Stevenson asks just how prepared the industry is.

Superhero businessmenA chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Investors expect every step in the fund transaction processing life-cycle to be robust and transparent. Does this call for superhero powers or is there another way?

MeadowWith investor interest in both frontier markets and environmental, social and governance issues on the rise, Alix Robertson asks if these two approaches to investing can be combined.

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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.