Magazine Issues»July-August 2019

Nick-FitzpatrickGod only knows but Neil Woodford could bring his beleaguered fund back from the brink.

Fiona_RintoulI imagine German film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is even now working on a script that will immortalise the life of Ursula von der Leyen, president designate of the European Commission.

House_on_fireWith redemptions suspended in the Woodford Equity Income Fund, Mark Latham examines the issues the debacle has thrown up.

LionMulti-asset funds are evolving but require investors to become comfortable with illiquidity. Fiona Rintoul looks at what sort of assets fund managers and investors are seeking.

Fran_RodilossoFunds Europe talks to VanEck’s Francis Rodilosso about the attraction of emerging market debt and high yield bonds.

Old_turntableAbsolute return strategies can boost government bond-heavy insurance portfolios – but the business profile of the insurer is a vital consideration, writes Fiona Rintoul.

Bee_hiveAs concern mounts about how a downturn could hit insurers’ CLO holdings, Nicholas Pratt looks at the appeal of collateralised loan obligations and the impact of recent rule changes in the US market.

Farhat_SelmiTimes are tough for insurance asset management, with the average value of portfolio yields coming down year after year, leaving performance largely dependent on carry levels that are set over time.

Our expert panel considers the strength of appetite for private-markets investment and hears the driver for it goes beyond solvency rule changes. ESG implementation and ETF usage are also discussed.

Asia_ice_creamCompared to other institutional investors, how diligently are insurance companies incorporating ESG factors into their portfolios? It’s complicated, writes Fiona Rintoul.