June 2009

Last week, we learnt that BlackRock had acquired Barclays Global Investors to create an asset management mega-giant with assets under management of $2.7 trillion. At the same time, writing in Fidelity’s weekly outlook Tom Stevenson suggested it was time for us to cheer up and abandon our widow’s weeds...

Charlie Porter, CEO
Thames River Capital

Is the crisis unfolding worse or better than expected?

Quantitative easing has been the latest and most effective tool to bring rates down, therefore easing monetary conditions. This feeds through to the economy via lower mortgage rates allowing increased consumption and lower corporate lending rates, allowing companies to either refinance at lower rates or to borrow money cheaply. Both help the economy.

Todd Ruppert, CEO & President,
T. Rowe Price Global Investment Services


From a fund management corporate perspective, is the crisis unfolding worse or better than expected? Are you more or less optimistic now about the business outlook until the end of 2009 than you were in December 2008, and why?

Jean-François Boulier, CIO,
Aviva Investors France


Is the crisis unfolding worse or better than expected?

Firstly from an investment perspective, the deep recession we are passing through is not the depression that was feared by many.

Massimo Tosato, vice chairman, Schroders

From a fund management corporate perspective, is the crisis unfolding worse or better than expected? Are you more or less optimistic now about the business outlook until the end of 2009 than you were in December 2008, and why?

elizabeth_corley_80x109.jpgElizabeth Corley, CEO,
Allianz Global Investors, Europe


From a fund management corporate perspective, is the crisis unfolding worse or better than expected? Are you more or less optimistic now about the business outlook until the end of 2009 than you were in December 2008, and why?

richard-wohanka_80x109.jpgRichard Wohanka,  Fortis Investment Management

From a fund management corporate perspective, is the crisis unfolding worse or better than expected? Are you more or less optimistic now about the business outlook until the end of 2009 than you were in December 2008, and why?

jon_little_80x109.jpgJon Little, vice chairman, BNY Mellon Asset Management
 
From a fund management corporate perspective, is the crisis unfolding worse or better than expected? Are you more or less optimistic now about the business outlook until the end of 2009 than you were in December 2008, and why?

The Netherlands provides an excellent example of how regulations are a driving force behind pension plan designs, says Samuel Sender of Edhec...

"BPM is a major leap forward in the effort to reduce human error within the transactional chain, thereby improving efficiency and increasing cost effectiveness@, says Paul zur Nieden

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