November 2016

Being from Glasgow, I am not often shocked. But when I attended a pensions conference in Madrid a number of years ago, I did find myself in a state of shock.

With ever-increasing reporting obligations, asset managers have less time to focus on their core strengths. So, what can firms do ease the regulatory load? Robert Brimeyer, chief operating officer of Alter Domus, discusses some of the options.

Competition in French asset management is between 600 firms, some very large, some very small. Often the small firms try to distinguish themselves on their investment ideas. David Stevenson looks at some of France’s best-known boutique managers.

Yves Perrier, chief executive officer of Amundi, talks to David Stevenson about his plans for the company since it was floated last year.

France is home to both pioneers and major players in the exchange-traded fund industry. Although the country’s appetite for the product remains subdued, its innovations are notable, writes David Stevenson.

David Stevenson looks at how French asset servicing firms are coping with the drip-feed of regulations into the domestic and European market.

Guillaume Eliet of the French financial regulator, the AMF, tells Nick Fitzpatrick how cross-border fund distribution could be improved – a topic the French industry has a particular interest in.

2015 was typified by uncertainty, and 2016 has seen that uncertainty mutate into a noxious medley of political, economic and financial menaces. In every region and market, risks loom large – some are universal, others particular.

Over the past two decades passive investment vehicles – first index funds, now ETFs – have eroded active managers’ proposition.

Getting the young to save for their pensions is difficult when suspicion about charges is rife, finds Fiona Rintoul – even if charges have never been lower.

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