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EQUITIES: A sacrifice worth making

Low-volatility equity strategies eschew growth to offer downside protection. But Nick Fitzpatrick finds the forfeit might not be so great after all Why does volatility...

INFLATION PROTECTION: ‘If you see clouds forming, you need to raise the umbrella’

Overheating emerging market economies are exporting inflation to the rest of the world. But as investors' inflation expectations rise, so does the cost of...

LEGAL EASE: The manager jurisdiction

The regulatory emphasis that has been placed on the oversight of the manager since the beginning of the financial crisis, and even before that,...

FUND PROCESSING: The next efficiency drive

Now that the industry has largely accepted the benefit of automating cross-border orders, efforts are focusing on standardisation in processes. Nicholas Pratt examines the...

FUND EXCHANGES: That little bit Xetra

Nicholas Pratt looks at an initiative to trade investment funds on Germany's stock exchange that could bring down costs associated with transfer agency. The cost,...

FUND CONSOLIDATION: Efficiency package brushed aside

Cross-border fund mergers were mooted as a means to consolidate smaller funds, but how viable is this process? Nicholas Pratt reports When Ucits IV was...

RESEARCH: Making use of risk management

Empirical tests would surely show that pension funds using risk management tools would have superior results. But the reality is more complex, explains Samuel...

ASSOCIATION COLUMN: Stronger growth on offer

The looming implementation of the Aifm (Alternative Investment Fund Managers) Directive and the passporting opportunities afforded by new Ucits IV regulatory measures are generating...

EM equities are becoming indispensable

Institutional investors increasingly regard emerging markets as strategic investments, not tactical ones, according to a new report from Schroders' head of emerging market equities,...

ALFI appoints Marc Saluzzi president

The Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (Alfi) is appointing Marc Saluzzi as its new president, a role which runs for two years, replacing...

Hertfordshire pension funds to save £1.6m through outsourcing

Two Hertfordshire County Council pension schemes will be saving £1.6m over the next eight years after appointing the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) to...

Italian office to bolster State Street’s European push

As part of its integration of the Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP) securities services business, State Street will be opening two new offices in Italy -...

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