October 2014

FactoryIn the face of growing reporting requirements, Nicholas Pratt asks whether there is a case for more industry utilities.

FogAviva Investors has halted trading with US counterparties because of differences in regional clearing rules, finds Nicholas Pratt. For funds in general, the costs of central clearing may be disproportionate to reducing risks.

We profile the most interesting fund launches in the past month and examine the performance of one fund a year after it hit the market.

No 1Noël Amenc and Lionel Martellini, of Edhec Business School point out flaws in smart beta allocation and suggest how to overcome them with more efficient allocation to rewarded factors.

Canary WharfIn early September the Investment Management Association (IMA) published the latest edition of its annual survey, entitled Asset management in the UK 2013-2014.

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