alternatives

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.

Dec 21, 2015

Funds Europe talks to London-based asset management firms about the challenges of regulation, and advances in technology.

Dec 14, 2015

growthMore than half of hedge funds report assets under management are increasing, with over three-quarters of them highlighting liquid alternatives as a growth area.

Dec 14, 2015

Handshake contractEuropean insurers are uncertain about the ability of asset managers to help them make enough investment returns to be able to meet guaranteed rates for their policy holders.

Dec 09, 2015

Liquid alternativesDaily liquidity in defined contribution (DC) pension schemes means savers lose out on extra returns from less liquid alternative investments, a group of investment professionals says.

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