March 2014

Fiona RintoulRegular readers (hello, you two) will remember that I was last month detained by an investor coalition at Harvard University. This month, I find myself equally charmed by a Brussels-based organisation named EuroFinUse, which has a similarly hand-knitted feel.

Light bulbsEuropean equities started the year with a fanfare, but earnings, political risk and currency strength are still a worry for some fund managers, finds Fiona Rintoul.

FilesRelentless regulatory demands are making it hard for asset managers to use the piles of data they have for anything other than compliance. Nicholas Pratt examines how new technology, recruitment and data governance strategies can help.

EarthMoving images from the International Space Station were beamed down in February and signal a giant leap for investment research tools, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

Pakistan flagIn 2013 frontier markets surged, seemingly out of nowhere. Nick Fitzpatrick asks fund managers why it happened.

KeySmart beta is growing in popularity but some are sounding a note of caution, finds Nick Fitzpatrick. Transparency is needed more than ever, and it is important to understand how these products fit into market cycles.

Brain neuronsDevelopments in the CSD market could see new entrants, changed business models and more competition. Nicholas Pratt looks for potential benefits for investment managers.

Melvin JayawardanaNew transparency demands mean alternative investment fund managers without flexible data management resources are finding their time is used up on additional reporting duties that are too complex to bear.

BirdsLast year was challenging for fixed income investors. Which types of bonds did well and which did badly? And how should investors position their emerging market and Asian exposures?

Jo VeldeFunds Europe talks to Jo Van de Velde about Euroclear’s highlights of 2013 and plans for the future.

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