May 2015

Fiona RintoulUnexpected item iN the bagging area” bleats the automatic checkout in the supermarket. As usual, I have dropped my keys or gloves or newspaper bought in another shop in the sacred area reserved for shopping and bags that have been weighed and measured.

Cyber palmThe rapid evolution of cyber crime is a major headache for security experts, whose focus has moved from prevention to live attacks. As well as thieves, asset managers are now targeted by geopolitical players, writes Alix Robertson.

ArguingActivist hedge funds have grown in popularity and produced decent returns – but as David Stevenson reports, the tactics of some have sparked controversy.

Euro windfallCentral bank stimulus and huge fund inflows that followed it have propelled European stocks. Alix Robertson asks if this is good or bad for active investors.

LiquidThe danger with ETFs, say critics, is that market turmoil could expose them as less liquid than their providers assume. David Stevenson finds out if there is any substance to the claims.

Lars HamichUS-based Van Eck Global has launched its first Ucits ETFs in Europe covering the hugely out-of-favour gold-mining sector. Lars Hamich, its European CEO, tells David Stevenson why.

Monica DefendThe Eurozone lift-off is welcomed – but the need for income is still a fundamental challenge. With bond yields at record lows, new sources of income are needed. Funds Europe was media partner at the Pioneer Investments annual investor conference.

Building and maintaining a brand is just as much a risk management exercise as it is a marketing objective. Our panel discusses how brand links with performance, along with the challenges marketers face in the digital world.

SwitzerlandAs the cost of living there has risen, the trend of investment managers moving to Swiss cities has slowed. But in terms of work/life balance, parts of Switzerland are becoming increasingly attractive, says Christopher Cruden of Insch Capital.

Stormy cloudsAs dark pools come under fire from regulators, ITG’s Rob Boardman argues that continued negativity towards alternative trading systems poses a threat to asset managers and their investors.

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