June 2014

Fiona RintoulWhen there is a national election in a European country, lots of commentaries from fund management companies on what the result means for investors come rattling into my inbox.

MintsAs bond markets grow more complicated, multi-managers may have something to offer investors who need asset allocation expertise, finds Fiona Rintoul. But these strategies are also competing against other forms of multi-approach investment.

Are investors in the West wrong to compare China’s shadow banking problem with the sub-prime crisis and do they worry too much about broader uncertainty in the second largest economy? Fund chiefs in Beijing think so. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Street signThe MiFID II directive will apply some of the same rules seen in the UK’s retail distribution review to the whole of Europe. What must advisers do to prepare? George Mitton reports.

A panel of fund management brand experts discusses social media, the relationship between brand and fund flows, and the challenges of covering multiple client bases in different markets. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Mark RawlinsJersey enacted the Limited Liability Partnership (Jersey) Law 1997 to take advantage of the professional services’ trend to convert from general partnerships to a limited liability structure.

Hugh PrendergastPioneer Investments' target income suite offers investment opportunities aimed at generating an attractive and stable level of income with low volatility, says Hugh Prendergast, head of strategic product and marketing, Western Europe and international.

Bitten appleThe Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is draining resources of transfer agents at a time when price raises for their services seem near impossible. Stefanie Eschenbacher explores the consequences.

Keith HaleAs major regulations reach the implementation stage, the industry is finally looking beyond compliance and to new investment opportunities. Keith Hale of Multifonds speaks about how a more efficient systems infrastructure will be key in pursuing these ambitions.

Wind farmReal assets – such as property and renewable energy – are evolving into a mainstream asset class as institutional investors look for alternative investments post-financial crisis, says Stuart MacDonald, of Aquila Capital.

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