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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Sponsored Profiles

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Mar 16, 2017

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Mar 16, 2017

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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.