March 2016

EU flagThe year-long delay of MiFID II implementation was initially seen as a welcome breathing space, but it could prove unhelpful if Brussels does not sign off on the directive’s rules in the next few weeks, says Nicholas Pratt.

Egyptian hieroglyphsCreating a central book of investment records that tells the entire story of a firm’s activity is at the heart of software development, says Nicholas Pratt.

Paul NorthPaul North, head of product management EMEA at BNY Mellon, looks at how custodians and service providers are responding to margining rules set to come into force this year.

Gold specksCustodians have vast amounts of data but have been slow to develop big data services – but projects are starting to be rolled out, finds Nicholas Pratt.

Head to headA fragile currency, plunging returns on mining stocks, and fears of a downgrade to ‘junk’ status, provided plenty to discuss when Funds Europe visited South Africa. Chaired by George Mitton and Alan Chalmers in Cape Town.

Our second South Africa panel discusses pension scheme investment, and the challenge for asset servicing firms of building a pan-African business. Chaired by Alan Chalmers.

BeachFollowing a study of asset manager data, John Dowdall of Silverfinch finds that most insurers have not changed their asset allocation, despite the advent of Solvency II.

Swiss AlpsWealthy Swiss investors aim to increase their usage of ETFs, even at the expense of hedge funds, finds Mark Vallon of Source, who analyses data from 20 wealth management firms.

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

GibraltarIf MacGyver could have been sent on a hypothetical mission to establish the most sophisticated and flexible wealth solutions for his consignors, he would have come to Gibraltar.

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