February 2009

Pension funds use asset-liability management (ALM) to secure payments for retirees. Individual investors could make use of the same techniques, even for planning to buy a house, says Edhec’s David Schröder

New central counterparties in Europe have brought the costs of clearing down. But a relentless price war could lead to greater complexity and lower standards of risk protection. Nicholas Pratt reports...

Nadine Chakar (pictured), EMEA head of BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, talks to Nick Fitzpatrick about world domination and staying up late to rescue clients from Lehman Brothers...

In 2008 risk management failed. Nicholas Pratt talks to a fund management risk specialist and to consultants to find out what vendors must do to win back faith...

Banks are bound to get caught up in legal battles as fund managers try to claw back losses. Jonathan Brogden, partner at Davies Arnold Cooper, and Simon Hodgson, solicitor, discuss the possibility of court action...

Chinese medicine is now very visible in Europe, but medically still controversial. Believe it or not, though, it is part of the reason why more European managers invest in China’s healthcare sector, finds Angele Spiteri Paris...

If institutional investors continue to be unwilling to go with smaller, arguably more specialised, players, they help create an industry dominated by a select few. Niklas Tell reports...

The investment situation in Russia is far from rosy, so Fiona Rintoul asks fund managers why they are still there...

Natixis will not let the financial crisis distract it from a growth plan put in place in 2006. Angele Spiteri Paris talks to Pierre Servant, CEO (pictured) about adjusting to the new environment...

Financial firms have seen their brands reduced to tatters. Instead of hiding, asset managers must be courageous and visible and communicate their brands’ financial solidity – without being flashy. By Fiona Rintoul