fixed income

Dec 23, 2015

The past two years have seen a spate of consolidations among asset managers, particularly in the boutique space. David Stevenson finds out why.

It’s a tough market for asset managers. Not only does the current barrage of regulation mean greater costs, but clients are also putting pressure on fees. For smaller players without economies of scale, additional costs can eat into profit margins.

Though some firms have looked to partner up or sell, forced sellers of asset managers are rare – though arguably Legg Mason’s acquisition of...

Dec 23, 2015

With developed market bond yields at historically low levels, David Stevenson asks how attractive Asian bonds are compared to other emerging markets.

It’s safe to say that emerging markets have been in the doldrums for some time, ever since the 2013 ‘taper tantrum’, when the US signalled it was scaling back its asset purchasing programme. Prior to that, investors couldn’t get enough of emerging market debt. 

How times have changed.

In the past year, Asia has seen China’s Shanghai Composite Index lose 30% of its...

Dec 23, 2015

Adeline Ng, head of Asia fixed income at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, sees positive fundamentals in the region’s bond markets.

Why should European investors consider Asia Fixed Income for their portfolio allocation?

The low interest rate environment is impacting the attractiveness of European fixed income instruments. This environment has prevailed since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The current backdrop has the European Central Bank (ECB) committed to Quantitative Easing (QE) measures and various countries are...

Dec 23, 2015

Adeline NgAdeline Ng, head of Asia fixed income at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, sees positive fundamentals in the region’s bond markets.

Dec 23, 2015

China roundtable Dec 2015After a turbulent year for the Chinese stock market, Funds Europe’s panel of experts in Beijing discusses the economy, domestic retail funds, the high-net-worth sector, Stock Connect and the future of the renminbi.

Dec 23, 2015

After a turbulent year for the Chinese stock market, Funds Europe’s panel of experts in Beijing discusses the economy, domestic retail funds, the high-net-worth sector, Stock Connect and the future of the renminbi. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick and Alan Chalmers.

Patrick Liu

Chief executive officer, HFT Investment Management

Andrew Smart

Special assistant general manager, CCB Principal Asset Management

Amy Wang

Head of Greater China – institutional,...

Dec 23, 2015

Since breaking through the $3 trillion of assets under management mark in early 2015, ETFs have broken more records in the past year. David Stevenson looks at where investors have placed their flows and the drivers for it.

In a year that has seen dramatic moves in monetary policy as well as stock market performance, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) seem to have emerged unscathed. In fact, the industry is set for another record year, with the amount of net new assets in these products outpacing 2014.

The main story has been...

Dec 23, 2015

Funds Europe brought together two authorities on India for a head-to-head discussion on Modi’s reforms, corruption in government and the sustainability of growth. Chaired by George Mitton in London.

Praveen Jagwani

Chief executive, UTI International Private

Amul Pandya

Head of business development,

Ocean Dial Asset Management

Funds Europe: What is the outlook for the Indian economy in the year ahead? Do you think a growth rate of 7%-plus is sustainable?...

Dec 23, 2015

We profile some of the most interesting fund launches in recent weeks and examine the performance of a product already on the market.

EMERGING MARKET debt

Kames Capital has extended its fixed income range with the launch of an emerging market bond fund.

It will invest mainly in the investment grade debt of sovereigns and corporates, primarily through hard currency.

Emerging market bonds will comprise a minimum of 80% of the fund’s portfolio, and 80% of its holdings will be investment grade at a minimum. The...

Dec 23, 2015

After years of recession, rising prices, inflation and record unemployment, the funds industry in Spain appears to be on the up again, writes Kit Klarenberg. 

Spain was badly wounded by the financial crisis of 2007/08. According to Morningstar data, the equity market in Spain stood at around €8.8 billion in 2007. By 2010, this had almost halved due to outflows of €4 billion. If market impact depreciation is taken into account, the market bottomed at €2.2 billion in early 2009. 

Fears of a Eurozone exit kept...

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