September 2007

Since Sifs were launched to attract hedge funds to Luxembourg, over 100 specialised vehicles have been given clearance. But Dublin is still ahead, finds Angelique Ruzicka

As the Mifid deadline approaches and the competition hots up between the traditional exchanges and the new entrants, Nicholas Pratt asks what fund managers can expect in terms of pricing and additional services

Fund selectors are playing an increasingly important role in the market. Their criteria varies enormously, from determining a manager's 'passion', to focusing on past performance. By Fiona Rintoul.

The sub-prime explosion has shown managers that they cannot rely on VaR –and that VaR poses a risk in itself. By Nick Fitzpatrick

Have guaranteed products been a good deal for investors over the last couple of years during the bull run? And now that markets are down, will guaranteed products shine?

Investors buy guaranteed products through fear of a market downturn. But against a recent bull market, returns from non-guaranteed equity products have been far higher. Does this mean guaranteed funds offer little value? By Angelique Ruzicka

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