February 2014 synopsis

Editorial Synopsis February 2014 In the first instance, please contact the journalist by email
Seen by some as the only option for a low-growth world, multi asset management has come back into vogue. Funds Europe looks at the strategy’s strengths, and at the challenges asset managers face to deliver it.
contact George Mitton: [email protected]   Fund platforms
A year on from its implementation, Funds Europe looks at the impact of the RDR in the UK on fund platforms. How are they pricing their services and are they playing a role in removing fund selection bias by the financial advisers that use them? Also, could the principles of the RDR spread to Europe?
contact Martin Morris: [email protected]   Catastrophe bonds
The market has been growing and the asset class is becoming more attractive to investment managers. Could this asset class play a role in portfolios as the future of fixed income turns less certain?
contact Stefanie Eschenbacher: [email protected]   FX brokerage
Do allegations in recent years of FX manipulation by certain custodian banks mean fund managers and pension funds should reconsider their FX agents, or should they seek more rewarding rates from existing providers? What have custodians done to inspire confidence in their systems?
contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]   Fund administration
Funds Europe looks at the depository-lite option for alternative asset managers and their administrators under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive and asks whether regulatory uncertainty and imminent deadlines may make the depo-lite option less of a long-term option than was expected.
contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]   Equities
Fund managers with various specialisms answer questions such as if US share prices have become dangerously high.
contact Nick Fitzpatrick: [email protected]   PLUS our executive interview, regular features, columns and news briefing
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