September 2014

Fiona RintoulThere was much amusement in my household recently when we spotted an article in The Economist titled 'Don't leave us this way: why Scotland should stay in Britain'.

Boxing glovesThe share prices of Europe's largest listed asset managers have taken dips in recent weeks, despite mega-deals that could substantially transform their businesses. Stefanie Eschenbacher reports.

Statue of libertyEuropean market harmonisation is at the heart of Mifid II, but to work well for asset managers it must harmonise with global regulations. Unfortun ately, it may not do, finds Stefanie Eschenbacher.

New YorkThe markets seem to be underpricing the Fed's inevitable interest rate rise. Can managers reduce the duration of their portfolios without sacrificing yield? George Mitton reports.

Ligia TorresBNP Paribas Investment Partners' two-year growth plan has until the end of next year to meet targets.  Asia and emerging markets, headed by Ligia Torres, is tasked with providing the largest contribution, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

Saudi ArabiaEmerging market investors were galvanised by news that Saudi Arabia would open up its $580 billion stock exchange to direct foreign investment. But many hurdles must still be overcome. George Mitton reports.

FigsAmid slowing growth in the eurozone, France's economic situation remains particularly concerning. Patrick Artus of Natixis, looks at the options available to the Hollande government, in order to re-energise the French economy.

China smogChina's declaration of war on smog signifies high growth potential of the environmental sector in China, says Victoria Mio of Robeco.

Hatfield and StephensonIncreasingly, regulated funds and hedge funds are looking to enter into capital call and other debt facilities at the fund level.

RunnersIt has been a record year for custody assets following strong equity market performance. Increases of over 10% are not uncommon and very little now separates to largest two players. Well, if $100 billion is very little, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

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