December-January 2015 synopsis

Editorial Synopsis December 2014 / January 2015 In the first instance, please contact the journalist by email   Absolute return bonds
Funds Europe asks if absolute return bond funds lack a long enough track record to prove their worth. Was the “taper tantrum” a testing period for them? And how are they coping as volatility returns to markets?
 contact George Mitton: [email protected]
  Multi-asset funds
Some multi-asset funds take a macro view and allocate by broad asset classes. Other multi-asset strategies, such as funds of hedge funds, say their strengths lie in trading at the level of individual securities. We examine the benefits of either approach
 contact George Mitton: [email protected]
Is bigger better? We explore the investment case for conglomerates. Do conglomerates offer a silver bullet for diversification? Or do benefits evaporate in face of multiple business channels?
contact Stefanie Eschenbacher: [email protected]   Exchanges & MTFs
With dark pools coming under increasing scrutiny from EU regulators, Funds Europe examines just what value they provide to markets and whether this value can be sustained in an age of transparency contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]
  Depositary banking and AIFMD
It is five months since the AIFMD went live. Funds Europe looks at how depositaries have coped and what changes may take place in the months to come
contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]
  Hedge fund administration
Both hedge funds and their third-party administrators have a tight focus on administration expenses. Funds Europe looks at the impact of the AIFMD – which carries increased compliance and reporting requirements – on hedge fund administration costs
contact Stefanie Eschenbacher: [email protected]   ETFs
What story does the ETF market tells us about the fortunes of banks? Funds Europe looks at passive funds that track the financials sector and considers the drivers within the banking industry
contact Nick Fitzpatrick: [email protected] PLUS executive interviews, regular features, including fund launches and people moves
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