Magazine Issues»May 2015

SwitzerlandAs the cost of living there has risen, the trend of investment managers moving to Swiss cities has slowed. But in terms of work/life balance, parts of Switzerland are becoming increasingly attractive, says Christopher Cruden of Insch Capital.

Stormy cloudsAs dark pools come under fire from regulators, ITG’s Rob Boardman argues that continued negativity towards alternative trading systems poses a threat to asset managers and their investors.

Fergus WheelerThere is little doubt that 2014 was the year in which the effect of increased competition between traditional and alternative lenders in Europe became most tangible.

Sunken shipWhether it makes sense for transfer agencies and software firms to merge, the new consolidation in the low-margin business may well see costs for fund managers fall, finds Nicholas Pratt.

AbstractAccording to a new survey, the vast majority of private equity managers think they communicate well with their investors. Unfortunately, most of the investors disagree. Nicholas Pratt looks at how the two sides might be reconciled.

Nicola Le BrocqThe first Annex IV reporting deadline was the grand finale for a piece of legislation – the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) – that has had a huge impact on alternative managers.

Street marketWe profile some of the most interesting fund launches in recent weeks and examine the performance of a product already on the market.

Roundabout signThe increasing variety of bond ETFs and competition among providers has given investors ample room to choose high-quality products, says Felix Goltz of the Edhec-Risk Institute. Meanwhile, more investors are replacing active managers with ETFs.