NEWS

Nov 11, 2009

Today in Europe we are celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall – or at least those of us who are old enough to remember it are. According to a leader in today's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 'Generation Unification' – those born after 1989 – hardly knows who built the Wall or why.

Sep 02, 2009

Fund groups that sell cross-border benefited most from the resurgent European appetite for emerging-markets funds in evidence in the first half of 2009, according to new report from the research group Lipper released on 28 August. Cross-border groups booked €12bn from record emerging-market fund net sales of €15bn in the first six months of 2009 with JP Morgan, Barclays and Société Générale leading the field.

Aug 27, 2009

fionaname1.jpgHSBC has become became the latest firm to announce its entry into the European ETF market. The bank has launched an ETF based on the FTSE 100 that is domiciled in Ireland and listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is registered for sale in the UK and further registrations in a selection of mainland European countries are planned.

Aug 19, 2009

The sun is shining brightly this morning here at my personal HQ in Glasgow (I’m lying, of course), but in the European fund industry it is still somewhat hidden behind the clouds. That, at least, is what latest monthly figures from the fund research firm Lipper FMI suggest.

Aug 19, 2009

Shopping malls, infrastructure, timber: these have all been posited as lucrative investment opportunities in recent years. But while the idea of investing in art is as old as the hills, art works have as yet played hardly any role in the managed fund industry. New research from an assistant professor of finance at Maastricht University released last week suggests that could – and perhaps should – be about to change.

Jul 15, 2009

Is it just me or is everyone suddenly growing their own vegetables? I mention this because the current vogue for allotments and tomato plants in the window seems to me to represent a fundamental change of direction in our society.

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