May 2010

Ucits III funds continue to shape product development, while the economic landscape provides opportunities in high yield, finds Nick Fitzpatrick in a review of recent fund launches

Funds Europe talks to a selection of fund-manager dealing heads and finds that regulatory change, such as Mifid, has been largely successful

IT'S GOOD TO TALK:  Betsy Anderson of Ignis Asset Management talks to Nicholas Pratt about the advantages of building a dealing desk from scratch, the success of Mifid and the importance of understanding a fund manager's real intentions

In this buy-side trading report, we look at the technology developments and regulatory changes affecting the sector. Nicholas Pratt talks to a number of experts in the industry

With the market plateauing, a number of managers are investing in absolute return funds, which promise more stable returns. But providers should be more transparent about performance fees, finds Angele Spiteri Paris

We may be over the worst of the crisis, but profitability levels are a long way off their peak for most companies and the outlook is generally downbeat. Angèle Spiteri Paris considers who will prosper in this new environment...

GAINS and STRAINS:  Funds Europe looks at the changing investment attitudes among eight major European pension funds: AP3 (Sweden), DMGT (UK), Pensioenfonds KBC (Belgium), Oslo Pensjonsforsikring (Norway), NTMA (Ireland), KEVA (Finland), ABP (Netherlands) and FRR (France).

Group CIO of Schroders, Alan Brown, is well placed to gauge pension fund concerns. Funds still have time to capture emerging market growth, he tells Nick Fitzpatrick...

Pension funds should beware of investment fads and consider asset classes in terms of their risk exposure, says P-Solve boss Mike Faulkner. By Angele Spiteri Paris

Roger Gray, CIO of the USS pension fund for the past seven months, talks to Angele Spiteri Paris about hedge funds, missed opportunities and strengthening 'middle ground' processes.

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