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Asset managers are “digital laggards”, survey finds

FinTechDespite the pace of technological innovation, many firms are “digital laggards” for not embracing the opportunities.

Emerging market hedge fund capital hits record level

Rio de JaneioroThe total capital invested in emerging market hedge funds reached a record level at the start of the year, as commodities recovered and the dollar posted strong gains.

Former FCA manager says regulator wrong about UK asset management

Canary WharfDan Waters, former asset management sector leader at the UK financial regulator, has told his previous employer that he “fundamentally disagrees” with the regulator’s claim that the UK fund industry is uncompetitive.

Robeco appoints UK head

Peter WalshDutch asset manager Robeco has appointed Peter Walsh (pictured) as head of its UK business.

Julius Baer strengthens London Office

London from the airSwiss private bank Julius Baer International has bolstered its London office with three hires, Loris Vallone, Luke Downes and Ella Riesco.

European ETFs reach a record high

ETF, trading dataAssets invested in ETFs in Europe reached a record high of $599 billion (€570 billion) at the end January 2017, surpassing the previous record of $573 billion recorded in December 2016.

Northern Trust and IBM use blockchain for PE administration

Blockchain technologNorthern Trust in collaboration with IBM has launched a commercial deployment of blockchain technology for the private equity market.

Mapfre selects BNP Paribas SS as global custodian

Global custodianMapfre Inversion, the securities division of Spanish insurer Mapfre, has chosen BNP Paribas Securities Services as global custodian for its €60 billion portfolio of assets.

German retail funds saw sharp drop in new money in 2016

Berlin BundestagNew capital invested in retail funds in Germany last year fell 90% compared with 2015, according to figures released by the German Investment Funds Association (BVI).

NN Investment Partners bolsters responsible investment team

Adrianus HeinsbroekDutch asset manager NN Investment Partners (NNIP) has made three appointments to its responsible investment team in a bid to strengthen the group. Adrie Heinsbroek, Faryda Lindeman and Johan van der Lugt have all joined the firm.

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Executive Interviews

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: This is the year

Feb 16, 2017

Mark Weeks, head of ETF Securities, reflects on Brexit’s trampling of the FTSE and tells Nick Fitzpatrick he hopes to see stock and bond inflows top commodities for the first time this year.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

Feb 16, 2017

Since 2016, Guillermo Ortiz has been a chairman of Latin America’s BTG Pactual. The former central banker of Mexico talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

Roundtables

SEC LENDING ROUNDTABLE: Both a borrower and a lender be

Jan 11, 2017

Industry heavyweights, including agent lenders, discuss issues affecting the securities lending sector such as regulation and the types of collateral being used.

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDTABLE: The re-emergence

Jan 03, 2017

2016 was the year emerging markets returned to the spotlight, as they regained ground since the 2012 sell-off. Funds Europe asked our panel if this appetite will persist in 2017.