Magazine Issues»November 2019

Nick-FitzpatrickInsurers in France are starting to acknowledge how hard it is to support certain popular retail savings products because the low yields from bonds that underpin them make it difficult to provide decent returns.

Fiona_RintoulNever let it be said that I am obsessed with saving for retirement. My so-called “plan” is a guddle of bits of flats, micro pension pots from various past employers and some vague ideas about doing more literary translation in my dotage.

Soldier_on_horsebackFrench asset managers could finally topple banks and insurers to crack the domestic retail investment market. Multi-asset, thematic funds and derivatives are the main tools for the job, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

IngredientsFrench asset managers could be pioneers in the adoption of ESG investing, but the country’s firms – like its regional cuisines – boast their own distinct styles. Romil Patel gets a taster.

Gold, bitcoin, blockchainThis is the year the French funds regulator forged a path for alternative funds and custody banks to facilitate crypto investment. Nick Fitzpatrick reports.

Indian_woman_on_mobileTransforming India’s rural population into a middle class that consumes is a key objective of India’s re-elected leader, writes Praveen Jagwani, chief executive of UTI International.

Troubled watersA closer look at what enables moats to weather financial storms.

Debt stress testPrivate debt is a very popular asset class, but the sector has never faced a market downturn. Nicholas Pratt explores the operational challenges that could occur when it does.



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