November 2013

Digital engagementUnlike fools and their money, fund managers and their jargon, in my experience, are not easily parted. When not penning irksome columns, I train finance folks to write nicely. Having paid good money for this, they often cling to their beloved jargon like drowning men to a life raft.

RussiaWhen the snow melts next spring, Russia's capital markets could look completely different. With reforms in full swing and Moscow's standing in the world elevated after the chemical weapons tragedy in Syria.

HouseRegulation is pushing French banks to prioritise deposits over mutual funds. In this tough environment, French asset managers are looking to cut costs and expand abroad. George Mitton reports.

Pierre ServantThe chief executive of Natixis Global Asset Management tells George Mitton about the challenging French market, acquisition plans and why significant asset managers must be present in the US.

ChampagneThe big three French custodians all reported a rise in custody assets this year, but they are not celebrating yet. Fee pressure, regulatory costs and low interest rates continue to put a strain on profits. George Mitton reports.

Churchill FranklinChurchill G. Franklin co-founded Boston's Acadian in 1986. He tells Nick Fitzpatrick what the firm did differently and how its international outlook led to a Ucits business based in London.

CraneWhen official statistics are on hold, investors can always rely on the informal crane index. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to US fund firms about the health of the domestic market.

MegaphoneInvestors have pulled back from corporate bonds in 2013. Fiona Rintoul asks if the asset class has anything more to give.

Philippe SeyllAsset security has overtaken efficiency as the main concern of Clearstream's fund clients, says Philippe Seyll, head of investment fund services and member of the executive board. The company is expanding its funds business, but hurdles remain on initiatives such as using funds as collateral.

Liam CollinsWhen the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) was published in 2011, asset managers believed they had a full three years, until July 2014, to implement the significant changes required under the legislation.

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