February 2015

Fiona RintoulGiven that I'm not a part of the fund management industry, but a small scavenger being who feeds on its fringes, I sometimes feel as though I am living in two worlds: the financial world and the real world.

DefenceActive managers need to stand up and be counted in the face of criticism about their returns. Nick Fitzpatrick hears how the genuinely active might do this.

Measuring successPaying careful attention to benchmarks is one way active managers and advisers can give value to their clients, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

ClimbersThe bull market in US equities has left active managers struggling to beat the market return. Alix Robertson looks at the challenges they have faced and hears why these may evaporate in the coming year.

RainforestOnce, it seemed, investors could not go wrong with emerging market bonds. Fund managers are more cautious now and opportunities may be for the bravehearted only. David Stevenson explains why.

JuryThe AIFMD heralds a massive change in the way alternative investment funds are marketed and administrated. With the effect on fund servicing centres likely to be huge, jurisdictions have already started to evolve.

Mauro RattoSpeculation that China could be heading for a hard landing, or even a financial crisis, led to increased nervousness across the investment community throughout 2014.

GoldTo many, the bull market in gold that peaked in 2011 now looks like a classic bubble. With equities looking robust, David Stevenson asks whether the precious metal still deserves a place in portfolios.

BinaryDigital technology means economic data has never been so abundant. In a market dominated by Reuters and Bloomberg, Alix Robertson reports on how smaller companies are getting in on the act.

Renewable energyRenewable energy producers are finding regulatory support globally, and accessing the sector is possible through numerous avenues. But how altruistic are investors themselves? Fiona Rintoul reports.

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