Magazine Issues»March 2018

Nick-FitzpatrickGulp! After the best year in funds history, market volatility returned in 2018 to potentially bring to an end a steam train ride that in 2017 delivered the highest fund flows on record.

Fiona_RintoulRecently, I rewatched a 1970s’ TV adaptation of John Le Carré’s Cold War thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. I was struck by the complete absence of women.

Running_trackFunds Europe talks to VanEck’s Philipp Schlegel about the benefits and simplicity of moat investing.

WeightIndustry players tell Catherine Lafferty that there are too few fund mergers in Europe to encourage efficiencies and lower costs.

BitcoinsWithin two years, blockchain could be a standard part of asset management. Fiona Rintoul considers the regulatory hurdles that might lie ahead.

The funds industry has had to comply with a raft of new regulation in recent years and more is on the way. Key players in the regulatory space tell Funds Europe about the challenges they expect in the year ahead.

RosesBanks in emerging markets are successfully targeting inflation, making the EM debt asset class attractive. Expect to see more flows, Fiona Rintoul is told.

Tipping_pointETFs are increasingly accepted as collateral in securities lending transactions. Nicholas Pratt looks at the impact of this change and how acceptability could go further still.

Apple_orchardBoosted by the financial crisis, the alternative credit market has been growing in the US. Now, even though economies are recovering, the asset class may be poised to thrive in Europe. Catherine Lafferty reports.

Digital_fingerprintAn initiative to identify counterparties more easily has gained pace in Europe thanks to MiFID II, finds Nicholas Pratt.

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