April 2014

Fiona RintoulIt was with a feeling like joy that I spotted a press release in my inbox the other day about a fund management company in

BrainThe success of Carmignac Gestion in France – a land of large, bank-owned asset managers – is a positive sign for boutique investment managers and shows boutiques do not have to be small, finds Fiona Rintoul.

Lionel AeschlimannSome fund managers are so keen to work for boutiques, they'll take a pay cut. Nick Fitzpatrick talks to Lionel Aeschlimann, chief executive of Mirabaud Asset Management, which hired established names to work on new products.

NordicsInstitutional investors in the Nordics are pioneers at socially responsible investment. What happens to the industry in this region is a barometer for the rest of the world. George Mitton reports.

Whisk‘Smart beta’ has been criticised as a marketing term for old ideas, but the concept is gaining traction. Nick Fitzpatrick considers the implications.

Tide-outDespite Supertyphoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines, last year was a quiet one for insurers. Stefanie Eschenbacher finds yields on catastrophe bonds are declining, as mainstream investors seeking uncorrelated assets and diversification are moving into the market.

Geoff-CookGeoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance, says offshore is very much alive as he looks at the development of Jersey’s AIFMD landscape.

Alan WardThe world’s largest banks have seen litigation and regulatory costs soar since the financial crisis. There is reason to believe that increased regulatory oversight may see a similar burden fall on hedge funds. 

Francois MarionThe chief executive of asset servicing firm Caceis talks about regulation, New York courts and why he cut down on business class travel. With George Mitton.

Mergers and aquisitionNicholas Pratt examines the 2014 survey results and finds that although administrators all face similar challenges, they are dealing with them in different ways.

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