Magazine Issues»September 2015

Superhero businessmenA chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Investors expect every step in the fund transaction processing life-cycle to be robust and transparent. Does this call for superhero powers or is there another way?

MeadowWith investor interest in both frontier markets and environmental, social and governance issues on the rise, Alix Robertson asks if these two approaches to investing can be combined.

As central bank policies diverge and FX volatility increases, asset managers are looking for ways to keep on top of this highly liquid market. Marc Tuehl, Global Head of FX Overlay at HSBC, explains the considerations and benefits of outsourcing currency risk management.

Mud raceNext March, Ucits V will entrench a more transparent, if more severe, environment for securities lending. The landscape for funds to benefit from lending is still difficult, but getting clearer, finds Hugo Cox.

Richard FraseThe Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) has been credited with adding to regulatory burden but it has made progress in an area which was initially seen as controversial: access to EU markets by third-country managers and its harmonisation.

This year’s survey shows that scale is as important as ever to global custodians – but headcount and operational costs will also prove key, writes Nicholas Pratt.

Bank vaultAn outbreak of common sense among asset managers could be the biggest consolation for custody banks striving to make their core services profitable. Nicholas Pratt reports.

Paul NorthLike so many European buy-side and sell-side firms – and by extension many investors globally - in the coming months asset managers across the region will need to navigate an array of changes and challenges brought about by the advent of MiFID II/MiFIR in 2017.