May 2015 synopsis

Editorial Synopsis May 2015

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Cybercrime
Cybercrime is perhaps one of the biggest threats to a fund management company’s operations and brand. Funds Europe looks at cybercrimes and asks are firms well prepared to deal with attacks?

contact Alix Robertson: [email protected]


Equities

Funds Europe looks at how inflows into European equity funds have affected fund managers with highly active portfolios. Can investors expect a period of underperformance? And do actives respond to renewed interest in their equity regions?

contact Alix Robertson: [email protected]


Exchange-traded funds

The rise of ETFs seems unstoppable as assets reach $3 trillion globally. But what are the implications for market efficiency and volatility of such high level of ETF investments? And to what extent could such volumes in passive investment cause distortion?

contact David Stevenson:[email protected]


Activist hedge funds

Activist hedge funds have been one of the best performing hedge fund categories of recent months. Funds Europe looks at this conflict-strewn area. Is it all about blood on the boardroom floor, or does activism come in different degrees of hostility?

contact David Stevenson: [email protected]


Transfer Agency

The TA industry has seen a great deal of change recently, from the expansion of IFDS, to SunGard’s intention to launch a ‘neutral TA utility’. And in the software world, Temenos bought MultiFonds. Funds Europe looks at whether this is positive for fund managers.

contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]


Private equity fund administration

PE fund administrators have a conundrum to solve – how to offer a bespoke service essential for PE but also maintain the economies of scale necessary for administrators to make a profit. Funds Europe asks whether the use of technology is the way to solve this.

contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]

 


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