February 2014

Fiona RintoulApril is the cruellest month, according to TS Eliot, but January can be too. If you are emerging from the January blues, blinking sleepily, spare a thought for the good people at Harvard Management Company (HMC).

Team shirtsHiring teams is becoming increasingly popular among asset managers as they aim to fill strategic product gaps and raise assets fast. Stefanie Eschenbacher finds this strategy is not without pitfalls when it comes to integration, cost and legal issues.

Tire tracksIs 2014 the year of the multi-asset fund? With uncertainty plaguing the markets, more investors are turning to fund managers for help with asset allocations – and with good reason. George Mitton reports.

Pocket watchWill stronger developed markets bring emerging markets back from the depths? Have US equity prices shot up to dangerous levels? Investment managers across different sectors answer Funds Europe’s questions. Edited by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Dollar cloudsLawsuits and regulatory investigations have undermined pension funds’ faith in foreign exchange rates offered by custody banks. Nicholas Pratt looks at changes in the aftermath of legal wrangling.

Solar batteriesVolatility in the solar sector is high. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at data from Markit, which indicates significant hedge fund interest in shorting, and speaks to a fund manager about why this may be.

Martin NeasonGlobal Funds Registration specialises in every aspect of cross-border fund registration and authorisation, as well as delivering an award-winning KIID solution. Martin Neason tells Funds Europe how outsourcing can help relieve the burden of getting funds registered and marketed in multiple countries.

William YongeIn June 2013, the European Commission proposed the creation of a new type of EU closed end fund: the EU Long Term Investment Fund (Eltif).

Army epaulettesThe once dormant collateralised loan obligation market has sprung back into life. The CLO is one method of investing in corporate loans and the prospect of rising rates could create interest in others, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

SparklesA year on since the UK overhauled its retail fund distribution market, Martin Morris looks at how platforms and other players have digested changes, and finds there is still some scepticism about the removal of fund selection bias.

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