November 2014

Fiona RintoulOn November 9 it will be 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall's collapse was preceded by a couple of months of popular unrest in East Germany.

Plane takeoffFrench asset management chief executives have little choice but to be stoic in the face of perhaps one of the toughest domestic markets in the world. The US and Asia are sources of relief, finds George Mitton.

ChefsAfter struggling with the implementation of alternative investment laws, France's three asset servicing giants are at least winning new business, reports George Mitton. 

Fannie WurtzETF providers are broadening their ranges with smart beta funds, specialised products and even a fund that tracks only luxury product makers, as they seek to steal market share from active fund managers. We talked to Fannie Wurtz of Amundi about the trends.

Shopping trolleyIn an uneven economic recovery, ailing consumer companies have created compelling short opportunities for equity long/short hedge fund managers. Stefanie Eschenbacher explores the investment strategies. 

Barry McInerneyBarry McInerney, co-chief executive at BMO Global Asset Management, which bought F&C earlier this year, tells Nick Fitzpatrick in Chicago how the beleaguered F&C can benefit from new access to North America.

Saker NusseibehSaker Nusseibeh says responsible capitalism is at a tipping point. The chief executive of ethical investor Hermes Investment Management, talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

MicrophoneCompany restructuring in the face of heightened shareholder pressure is gathering momentum. Companies, as well as investors, can benefit, finds Fiona Rintoul. 

The demand for income investing solutions has become more evident each year. Pioneer Investments has engaged in extensive research to identify the key trends behind this demand.

TechnologyChanges in technology, investment strategy and the regulatory environment have all conspired to alter managers' IT infrastructure. Nicholas Pratt looks at how these changes have affected vendors of order management systems.

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