May 2015

Fergus WheelerThere is little doubt that 2014 was the year in which the effect of increased competition between traditional and alternative lenders in Europe became most tangible.

Sunken shipWhether it makes sense for transfer agencies and software firms to merge, the new consolidation in the low-margin business may well see costs for fund managers fall, finds Nicholas Pratt.

AbstractAccording to a new survey, the vast majority of private equity managers think they communicate well with their investors. Unfortunately, most of the investors disagree. Nicholas Pratt looks at how the two sides might be reconciled.

Nicola Le BrocqThe first Annex IV reporting deadline was the grand finale for a piece of legislation – the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) – that has had a huge impact on alternative managers.

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

Roundabout signThe increasing variety of bond ETFs and competition among providers has given investors ample room to choose high-quality products, says Felix Goltz of the Edhec-Risk Institute. Meanwhile, more investors are replacing active managers with ETFs.

Nnitin MehtaWhat are the appropriate professional standards for brokers, advisers and other investment agents who recommend funds, stocks, bonds or any other investment?

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