March 2009

The business suit was always incongruous as a symbol of radical protest – but last week things changed. A small but significant number of financial professionals in the besieged City of London ignored HR’s motherly advice to dress casually and instead buttoned down collars and straightened up ties before boarding the morning train.

Activity in securities lending is picking up after last year’s short-selling bans. As lenders return to the market, Nicholas Pratt looks at how processes have changed...

Nicholas Pratt looks at how attempts to bridge the high returns of OTC derivatives with the security of exchange-traded instruments may affect fund managers

Private placement can offer a high degree of flexibility, although regimes differ dramatically across member states of the European Union. Jane Prior Nabarro comments...

Biffa, a UK waste disposal firm bought by private equity investors for £1.7bn, plans to use the rubbish it collects to generate energy. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at growth in the energy-from-waste industry...

There are a number of drivers for asset management M&A at present, including hedge funds that want to build product – and a slight dollop of corporate lunacy, finds Fiona Rintoul...

While casino and alcohol companies normally flourish in recessions, not so this time, according to the USA Mutuals Vice Fund. Angele Spiteri Paris reports on the so-called ‘sin stocks’ that are posting positive growth...

Bob Parker (pictured) tells Fiona Rintoul that Credit Suisse is definitely not ducking out of asset management, despite selling its long-only business to Aberdeen Asset Management...

Could we see a trend developing where institutional investors express their asset allocation efforts with passive mandates and where retail fund-of-fund managers utilise ETFs and other liquid instruments to create portfolios? Niklas Tell comments...

Fund managers do not have a good track record at fighting ‘fat cat’ executive pay in the non-financial world, so what chance do they have against the banks, asks Angele Spiteri Paris...

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