March 2017

Fiona_RintoulSo, after years of gobbling up other funds, Aberdeen Asset Management is to be gobbled up itself – well, merged with Standard Life.

Apples_and_orangesDavid Stevenson looks at the progress of Priips and finds a directive that asset managers first pushed for has turned out to be a burden for them.

Euan-MunroAviva Investors’ annual results this month were the third set since Euan Munro took over as CEO. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to him about the ‘Aims’ fund at the heart of the firm’s outcome strategy.

TangoFund platforms, which could provide a route for cross-border distribution, face hurdles when MiFID II comes into effect. Fiona Rintoul looks at the challenges ahead, including data-sharing.

Portfolio Manager Davide Cataldo discusses the results of the Pioneer Investments’ survey on liquid alternatives and how investors can be encouraged to increase their allocation.

Laurence_TerrynLaurence Terryn, a fund selector at Candriam, tells David Stevenson how the twists and turns of the past year’s macro environment flavoured her approach to fund selection.

VotersWhile they weigh up the chances of ECB tapering, investors in sovereign bonds are keeping a wary eye on French, Dutch, German and Italian elections. Lynn Strongin Dodds reports.

StartGrzegorz Kaliszuk of Allianz Poland explains how the Polish insurance market is approaching the implementation of Priips following the regulation’s postponement.

Indians have traditionally invested in gold and property, but the country now has 50.6 million mutual fund investors, and they can expect a good return from equities, says Praveen Jagwani, CEO of UTI International Private Limited.

Shop_counterHeightened margin requirements for cleared and uncleared OTC derivatives pose a challenge for legitimate hedging activities and are driving financial institutions to explore alternative hedging models.

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