February 2016

Neil SimmondsFrom March 18 this year, Ucits V’s provisions on depositaries, remuneration and sanctions will align Ucits with the EU’s post-crisis financial regimes – in particular that for alternative funds.

LuxembourgNicholas Pratt talks to Alfi’s Geoff Radcliffe about the growing use of swing pricing in Europe and beyond.

Race horsesOutsourcing providers are ramping up their offerings but take-up among large managers is still rare. Nicholas Pratt asks if all the competition will be in vain.

Kavitha RamachandranMS Management Services S.A., a Luxembourg-based subsidiary of Maitland, acts as an external alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) for private equity and real estate (PERE) alternative investment funds.

StopwatchWith the US following Europe’s adoption of a shorter settlement cycle, Nicholas Pratt looks at the likelihood of a global standard and a possible move to real-time settlement.

Colin WilsonAsset managers and distributors, like other operators in the service industry, are in the business of creating a shared value in the relationships they establish with their customers and there is an increasing understanding of the role of digital technology as a means of achieving this. 

In January, Japan surprised the world with a rate cut; volatility saw more money seek safe havens; and one firm spoke of opportunities in Spain and Ireland.

London Thames riverWe profile some of the most interesting fund launches in recent weeks and examine the performance of a product already on the market.

FishermanFelix Goltz of the Edhec-Risk Institute charts how the main investment factors, such as value and momentum, have risen to prominence – aided by their relevance not just to US equities, but other markets too.

Arnaud HoudmontThere seems to be a consensus that broadening and deepening EU capital markets – in order for these to complement the struggling and costly banking sector in the financing of the European economy – will be key to achieve the hitherto elusive growth Europe seeks.

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