alternatives

Jan 27, 2016

Asset allocation1Many institutional investors are “seriously struggling with traditional asset allocation” and are concerned about correlation between stocks and bonds.

Jan 25, 2016

Risk optionsInvestors are continuing to boost their portfolios with alternative investments – but BNY Mellon says they are doing so with a “false sense of security” around risk data assumptions.

Jan 20, 2016

real estateLuxembourg has grown in popularity as a domicile for real estate investment funds (Reifs), according to a survey released by the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (Alfi) and conducted by Big Four accountancy firm EY Luxembourg.

Jan 13, 2016

Liquid alternativesJP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM), which this week launched a Ucits fund that invests in underlying hedge funds, said the most difficult part of constructing the product was finding managers that could run a compliant liquid offering.

Dec 23, 2015

The past two years have seen a spate of consolidations among asset managers, particularly in the boutique space. David Stevenson finds out why.

It’s a tough market for asset managers. Not only does the current barrage of regulation mean greater costs, but clients are also putting pressure on fees. For smaller players without economies of scale, additional costs can eat into profit margins.

Though some firms have looked to partner up or sell, forced sellers of asset managers are rare – though arguably Legg Mason’s acquisition of...

Dec 23, 2015

The European regulator’s approach to extending the alternative investment fund passport to managers and funds outside of the European Economic Area raises significant legal issues.

It was in July when the European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) published its preliminary advice on extending the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) passport for managers and funds that sit outside of the European Economic Area.

At the same time, Esma gave its opinion on the functioning of the passport for alternative managers under the AIFMD...

Dec 23, 2015

Nicholas Pratt examines whether the service providers will be able to keep up with the demand for liquid alternatives.

Liquid alternative funds, a tag for regulated alternative funds that includes alternative Ucits and alternative investment vehicles, are divisive instruments. Perhaps it should be expected of a tag that suggests investors can get the best of both worlds – the reassuring liquidity of mutual funds and the racy returns of alternative asset classes that are sometimes illiquid.

What cannot be denied is the...

Dec 21, 2015

Working with fund distributors is increasingly difficult, but vital. Our panel in New York considers the merits of scale in this environment, but also hears smaller asset managers can find a place in the market too. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick.

Dec 21, 2015

Barry McInerney largeBMO Global Asset Management has emerged from the North American asset management market and is positioning itself as a global solutions provider. Barry McInerney, its co-chief executive, talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

Dec 21, 2015

Our Hong Kong panel discussed consolidation in the industry, social media marketing and whether it is better to partner with private banks or with Alibaba. Chaired by George Mitton in Hong Kong.

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