May 2013

AnalyticsPerforce, I must begin with a confession. I do not understand what active exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are, and I never have.

CastleConforming to the stereotype of German efficiency, one law is likely to become the new legal framework for all fund structures. Stefanie Eschenbacher reports on regulary battles in Europe's largest economy.

Marathon runnersThe German fund market has rebounded, but the drivers are institutions. Meanwhile, millions of retail investors are staying away, finds Stefanie Eschenbacher.

SatelliteShould Europeans choose an American firm for their US equity exposure? It depends if that manager has staying power and can ensure good communications with head office. George Mitton reports.

When investing in US equities, choosing the right benchmark is job #1, says Gareth Parker, senior director, index research, design and development, at Russell Indexes Emea.

Wind farmHas the era of austerity harmed socially aware investments, or given it a new lease of life? Fiona Rintoul seeks answers.

PullieExchange-traded products that use leverage are a way of coping with flat markets. But Nick Fitzpatrick finds compounding risk means more attention needs to be paid to performance.

HourglassLaunching a sharia-compliant fund can require a time-consuming search for religious experts to certify the fund's Islamic credentials. An alternative is to employ an Islamic advisory firm. George Mitton reports.

Safety netNicholas Pratt considers pension fund outsourcing of broader back and middle-office operations to custodians, while Marks & Spencer's pension scheme talks about its approach to asset servicing.

Legal easeWhile 2012 saw just eight new fund launches on the London Stock Exchange, listed investment companies outperformed the FTSE All Share index and more than £3 billion (€3.5 billion) of new capital was raised.

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