May 2014

ClockWe examine the most interesting fund launches in the recent past and profile one fund a year after it began.

TruckIn the second of a two-part article, the Edhec-Risk Institute looks at further conclusions from its recent survey of the liability-driven investing practices of European pension funds.

Gold fishAs consolidation continues in the alternative fund administration sector, Nicholas Prattexamines the implications for both administrators and their clients alternative fund administration.

Tanguy LeSaoutActive management often emphasises alpha, but the beta element is crucial, and can be flexible. Pioneer Investments explained this to clients at its conference, where Funds Europe was the media partner.

EU parliamentThe European Parliament elections in mid-May could see a strong showing for anti-EU, populist parties. Could they interrupt or slow the pace of financial regulation? Don't bet on it. George Mitton reports.

Fiona RintoulAs a fully paid-up grammar pedant, I have to confess to having a growing obsession with capital letters.

Spanish flagSpain is very much a fixed income market, but the appetite for risk is rising. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at how domestic and foreign asset managers are positioned at this inflection point.

PilotsNo fund manager would admit bias, let alone fear, longing and prejudice. But behavioural finance says that investors are subject to these emotions. Fiona Rintoul claims checklists are a useful weapon in the war against bias.

Emerging markets signEmerging market ETFs have seen a short period of renewed inflows. Nick Fitzpatrick looks at measures needed to make their performance more transparent.

ChinaThe Chinese economy is overly leveraged and showing the same indicators that the banking industry did in 2008. Common sense has failed again, says Robbert van Batenburg at Newedge.

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