May 2017

Fiona_RintoulFor what feels like the gazillionth time, fund fees came under scrutiny last month. Like sky-high executive pay, tax-dodging and expenses fiddling, opaque and excessive fund fees are an issue that just will not die.

Nordics_viewThe Nordic funds industry claims that by working alongside regulators it has dealt head on with the controversy over alleged closet-tracking. Mark Latham reports.

Arrow_targetPortfolio Manager Thomas Kruse examines the findings from Pioneer Investments’ survey on income investing and outlines ways of achieving a target income.

With annual spending on regulatory technology thought to be €50 billion and growing, Funds Europe asks a selection of fund management firms, tech providers and professional advisers about their experience of implementing regtech solutions.

I will follow the rulesIn 2018, fund distributors will have to comply with Priips and MiFID II on top of existing Ucits rules. Nicholas Pratt looks for any common themes.

James_Gray-and-Imogen_GarnerIn February, the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) moved to address some of the inconsistencies between the Ucits Directive and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) through its 2017 Supervisory Convergence Work Programme.

Real-estateCompetition in the property sector and a shortage of available buildings are leading investors to more specialist real estate funds, writes Nicholas Pratt.

Real_estate2The role of CFO within real estate investment platforms is becoming increasingly complex. Michael Hornsby and Renaud Breyer of EY Luxembourg explain why.

Japanese_newspapersWhile some companies have been stymied by Japan’s low or no-growth environment, others have learnt to thrive, finds Fiona Rintoul.

Eric Lonergan of M&G Investments looks at various theories about why Japan wants to raise the inflation rate. Which of them is the most likely?

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