equities

Dec 23, 2015

Adeline Ng, head of Asia fixed income at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, sees positive fundamentals in the region’s bond markets.

Why should European investors consider Asia Fixed Income for their portfolio allocation?

The low interest rate environment is impacting the attractiveness of European fixed income instruments. This environment has prevailed since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The current backdrop has the European Central Bank (ECB) committed to Quantitative Easing (QE) measures and various countries are cutting...

Dec 23, 2015

Potential investors under 50 are not being served by platforms, leaving a wide gap for disruptive firms – or innovative asset managers – to fill. In many ways, the social media revolution is messing with traditional business models, writes Fiona Rintoul.

After his refusal to apologise for a comment about “terrorist sympathisers” in parliament, made to colleagues before the House of Commons debated air strikes on Syria, the approval ratings of UK prime minister David Cameron plunged from 61% to 41%. 

How do I know this? In...

Dec 23, 2015

After a turbulent year for the Chinese stock market, Funds Europe’s panel of experts in Beijing discusses the economy, domestic retail funds, the high-net-worth sector, Stock Connect and the future of the renminbi. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick and Alan Chalmers.

Dec 23, 2015

Since breaking through the $3 trillion of assets under management mark in early 2015, ETFs have broken more records in the past year. David Stevenson looks at where investors have placed their flows and the drivers for it.

In a year that has seen dramatic moves in monetary policy as well as stock market performance, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) seem to have emerged unscathed. In fact, the industry is set for another record year, with the amount of net new assets in these products outpacing 2014.

The main story has been...

Dec 23, 2015

In a recent webinar, Funds Europe spoke to Chris Hart, portfolio manager of the Robeco Boston Partners Global Premium Equities Fund, about how he seeks to tap into global opportunities from a value and growth perspective.

‘Buy low, sell high’ is a universally accepted and understood investment doctrine. However, a failure to properly comprehend value means investors can lose out. 

Since launch in December 2004, the Global Premium Equities Fund has cemented a reputation for identifying both unacknowledged value...

Dec 23, 2015

There have been good reasons for investors to invest in high yield in recent years, but upset in the equity markets shows that these bonds have fairly high correlations with equities. Ankul Daga, investment strategist at Vanguard Europe, explains.

If you were watching equity markets quietly crumble over recent months, it probably occurred to you that the right response to troublesome times is a good long-term strategy. 

Sometimes it is possible to time the market, but it is nightmarishly difficult. As Britain’s Queen put...

Dec 23, 2015

We profile some of the most interesting fund launches in recent weeks and examine the performance of a product already on the market.

Dec 23, 2015

After years of recession, rising prices, inflation and record unemployment, the funds industry in Spain appears to be on the up again, writes Kit Klarenberg. 

Spain was badly wounded by the financial crisis of 2007/08. According to Morningstar data, the equity market in Spain stood at around €8.8 billion in 2007. By 2010, this had almost halved due to outflows of €4 billion. If market impact depreciation is taken into account, the market bottomed at €2.2 billion in early 2009. 

Fears of a Eurozone exit kept...

Dec 22, 2015

BarberLynn Strongin Dodds looks at some of the major regulatory developments that affect those involved in securities lending, including rules about shadow banking and ‘haircuts’.

Dec 22, 2015

Bringing together funds industry specialists and custody banks that offer lending programmes, Funds Europe discusses recent market developments, including volumes and revenues in the Ucits business.

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