February 2016

Fiona RintoulSome years ago, I lived for a time in Tianjin in the People’s Republic of China. Once, on a trip to Shanghai, my then boyfriend and I boarded the wrong bus and got lost.

ForrestDrivers for investing in forests cover a vast range, from a recovering US housing market to wood’s use in nanotech. Fiona Rintoul reports on an eco-friendly asset class with alternative-investment benefits.

Businessman brainThe era of artificial intelligence means machines could conceivably be better than fund managers at investing clients’ money. It may also level the playing field between large and small firms, finds Kit Klarenberg.

Back to schoolFollowing a difficult start to the year, David Stevenson looks at theories such as Eugene Fama’s efficient markets hypothesis to see if they provide any guidance.

ShanghaiInvesting in China passively last year brought a range of returns and losses from MSCI indices. Nick Fitzpatrick looks the importance of exposure in some of the leading indices and hears that Europe is in need of more finely targeted ETFs.

IslandAfter a turbulent start to the year, David Stevenson considers the impact that heightened market volatility could have on multi-asset funds’ asset allocation.

Production lineA fund launch can be fragmented and potentially expensive, but processing specialists have sought to bring costs down and take market share from law firms in recent years. Nick Fitzpatrick reports.

CranesCapital has returned to the real estate sector and cranes are back on the skyline. Kit Klarenberg looks at capital flows and considers how to enter property, ETFs included.

The Luxembourg funds industry association, Alfi, holds its spring conference on March 8-9. Funds Europe puts questions to some of those appearing, plus others who work in the local industry.

Dean LumerAs firms reduce their list of suppliers – partly in response to regulatory pressure to manage provider risk – systems, such as SupplierVision, can play a strategic role, says Dean Lumer, a director at technology firm Knadel Software.

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