Summer 2015

RoadAs international asset managers help regional investors diversify their portfolios, even European equities are sparking interest. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at the businesses of three managers expanding in Latin America.

Rio de JaneiroIn scandal-hit Brazil, recession is on the cards and a political crisis threatens much-needed fiscal reforms. But as equity investors tell Nick Fitzpatrick, the country could bounce back sooner than many expect.

New Bond StreetLoans and sovereign bond benchmarks that reference the GDP of issuers are part of the toolset for targeting new income sources. Funds Europe was media partner at Pioneer Investments’ annual conference.

Richard GarlandRichard Garland, a distribution head at Investec, thinks financial planners should support a rebateless model, regardless of whether regulators force them to adopt one. Nick Fitzpatrick hears why.

CubesGuido Giammattei of RBC Global Asset Management (UK) looks at Mexican and Brazilian equities and concludes that Latin American shares are likely at a cyclical, not structural, low. 

Buenos AiresArgentina illustrated just how risky things can get for asset servicers after custody bank Citi was dragged into a political and legal row. Nik Pratt considers whether Brazil and Uruguay might pose similar risks.

Philippe SeyllFunds Europe talks to Philippe Seyll, Clearstream’s Executive Board Member and Head of Investment Fund Services, about its plans for geographic expansion and product development in 2015 and beyond.

Juan AlcarezPioneer Investments has American and Italian ancestry – and now it has Spanish blood too. Nick Fitzpatrick examines the deal to merge the asset management business with Santander’s.

Sponsored Profiles

SPONSORED FEATURE: Alternative thinking

Mar 16, 2017

Portfolio Manager Davide Cataldo discusses the results of the Pioneer Investments’ survey on liquid alternatives and how investors can be encouraged to increase their allocation.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Interest rate risk hedging: Swapping to other options

Mar 16, 2017

Heightened margin requirements for cleared and uncleared OTC derivatives pose a challenge for legitimate hedging activities and are driving financial institutions to explore alternative hedging...

SPONSORED FEATURE: Why blockchain could be the fund industry’s next Ford Model T

Mar 16, 2017

Blockchain aims to radically change the way investors can access funds, says Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Fundsquare.

SPONSORED FEATURE: Open architecture: In need of protection

Mar 16, 2017

Greater efficiency must be embraced to ensure regulatory changes do not destroy choice for fund buyers, says Bernard Tancré of Clearstream.

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

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.

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.