Editorial Synopsis March 2017
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Anti-money laundering
The FCA took a tough line on Deutsche Bank over anti-money laundering (AML) recently and warned other financial service providers to ensure their processes were robust. Funds Europe looks at AML from the point of view of asset management.

contact Mark Latham: [email protected]

Regional fixed income
Shorting Italy and buying French government bonds is a European fixed income trade that has been recommended owing to the two countries’ diverging economic outlooks. Our article looks at what European sovereign bond managers are doing with their bond portfolios and the reasons why.

contact Lynn Strongin Dodds: [email protected]

Fund platforms
The fund platform market is destined for consolidation in the UK and expansion in Europe. But it faces the challenge of MiFID II.

contact Fiona Rintoul: [email protected]

Regulation: Priips
Funds Europe examines the reasons behind the delay last year to the Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products, or Priips, rules and considers what fund firms need to do this year to be Priips ready.

contact David Stevenson: [email protected]

Prime brokers
Funds Europe speaks to prime brokers about their relationship with the Ucits funds market, which has not always been easy owing to Esma’s clampdown on stock lending in these funds over recent years.

contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]

Clearing & settlement
What portion of a fund’s total costs is attributable to post-trade services like clearing & settlement? Funds Europe investigates and asks if clearers have been subject to enough pressure to help funds cut their costs.

contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]

PLUS:Distributor interview, ALFI conference preview, executive interviews, regular features, including fund launches and people moves

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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

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