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Editorial Synopsis October 2016
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‘Liquid alternatives’ describes a product set that is increasing its profile. A number of businesses have launched in this area. But what sort of customer are these products suitable for, what are the outcomes meant to be, and how does liquid alts fit into the evolving regulatory landscape?
contact David Stevenson: [email protected]
Investing in gold
The precious metal has seen a strong performance over the past year on the back of uncertainty in wider markets. Funds Europe looks at some of the popular ways of accessing the asset.
contact Kit Klarenberg: [email protected]
Funds Europe asks whether fund management firms should take more interest in their global custodian’s underlying sub-custody net work, perhaps by choosing the sub-custody bank themselves, or insisting on greater optionality in certain markets.
contact Nicholas Pratt: [email protected]
Custody survey & directory
Funds Europe presents our annual survey of custody firms, looking at asset under custody in Europe and the world, and in certain products sets. Plus our 2016 directory of some of the main custody banks.
China has opened it capital markets even wider to the world recently. The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme joins Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect and programmes like ‘QDII’ as a gateway for foreign investors to access China. Funds Europe’s timely report looks at the opportunity.
contact George Mitton: [email protected]
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Portfolio Manager Davide Cataldo discusses the results of the Pioneer Investments’ survey on liquid alternatives and how investors can be encouraged to increase their allocation.
Heightened margin requirements for cleared and uncleared OTC derivatives pose a challenge for legitimate hedging activities and are driving financial institutions to explore alternative hedging...
Blockchain aims to radically change the way investors can access funds, says Olivier Portenseigne, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer of Fundsquare.
Greater efficiency must be embraced to ensure regulatory changes do not destroy choice for fund buyers, says Bernard Tancré of Clearstream.
Aviva Investors’ annual results this month were the third set since Euan Munro took over as CEO. Nick Fitzpatrick speaks to him about the ‘Aims’ fund at the heart of the firm’s outcome strategy.
Laurence Terryn, a fund selector at Candriam, tells David Stevenson how the twists and turns of the past year’s macro environment flavoured her approach to fund selection.
Funds Europe speaks to leading Luxembourg industry figures about the growing regulatory demands on asset servicers and how to remain profitable in spite of major investments in technology.
Industry heavyweights, including agent lenders, discuss issues affecting the securities lending sector such as regulation and the types of collateral being used.