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F&C Investments' Climate Opportunity Partners, a private equity fund of funds focusing on climate change, has attracted €30 million from three institutional investors, the firm said as it announced the fund's first close.
There are signs that approaches to investing in alternatives are changing. Fiona Rintoul finds that some investors group long/short investment into a broader equity allocation. However, complexity dissuades other investors.
Demand from financial advisers is driving discretionary fund managers to create more funds of funds of unregulated collective investment schemes (UCIS), says boutique asset manager Connaught.
Senior representatives from custody banks discuss the changes taking place around the pricing of custody and related services against a backdrop of increasing regulatory risk. They also consider the evolution of outsourcing and changes in OTC derivatives processing. Edited by Nick Fitzpatrick.
Pension funds continue to diversify their portfolios with nearly $1trn (€700m) allocated to alternatives last year, an increase of 16% compared with 2009, according to research by Towers Watson and the Financial Times.
Luxembourg has been forced to step back and take stock of the way things are done. In doing so it found that actually, the Grand Duchy is still a reliable and reputable financial centre, and asset servicers on location are more than happy to talk about its achievements. (part 2)
There is a healthy amount of scepticism towards ETFs offering exposure to alternative asset classes, finds Angele Spiteri Paris.
With increased assets under management in the European fund and asset management business, Fiona Rintoul asks if the industry has recovered from the financial meltdown
Our head-to-head discussion with two prominent pension schemes in the UK reveals problems with investment benchmarks that came to light in the financial crisis. It also indicates that there is a desire for passive solutions that is not being satisfied by investment managers' product offerings. These, along with other issues considered here, set the scene for forward planning in the pensions industry. Chaired by Nick Fitzpatrick (part 2)