Magazine Issues»April 2020

Nick-FitzpatrickWeek three of working from home. It’s going well. But this is the week that the enormity of the situation is sinking in. A close friend is now presenting symptoms of Covid-19.

Fiona_RintoulLast Christmas, I visited my dad in East Kilbride, a Scottish new town with what might be termed an upper working-class population. It boasts a large, modern shopping centre, glittering with glass and chrome, called the Plaza.

Kids_watching_TVOne response to what may be the worst shock to hit the modern western world is to sit it out, watching TV. Fiona Rintoul analyses events and finds streaming services may be a major beneficiary.

Owen_Lysak_and_Charles_MorrisIn December, the EU adopted a package of regulatory measures intended to introduce a new prudential (capital adequacy, liquidity) regulatory regime for investment firms: the Investment Firm Regulation (IFR) and Directive (IFD).

MusicianAlex Rolandi asks if index funds have a role to play in combating current volatility and whether coronavirus has revealed market imperfections. 

Natural_disasterAs volatility dominates the markets, Alex Rolandi and Romil Patel look at the advantages and risks of investing in real estate during uncertain times.

Hubert_ZellerFunds Europe talks to Hubert Zeller of UBS about its Fund Management Services hub in Luxembourg and the need for tailor-made solutions.

Teresa_ParkerTeresa Parker, Northern Trust’s European chief, talks to Mark Latham about the relentless drive of technology, the rise of alternatives, Brexit and the coronavirus.

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Top features in May

Irish ETFs: Covid’s challenge to ETF project deadline

Ireland seeks greater efficiencies for its ETF industry, but lockdown threatens to delay a key plan to upgrade operations before the end of the year. Nicholas Pratt reports.

Association column: Where do we go from here?

The gravity of what is happening as a result of Covid-19 casts a long shadow over other thoughts. Accompanying the shock, distress and grief, the demonstrations of selflessness, compassion and resilience have lifted our collective spirit. We are indebted to all those who do the extraordinary for others.

Exchange-traded funds: With flying colours?

ETFs recently marked their 20th birthday in Europe amid uncertainty and volatility. The Covid-19 crisis has hit indices hard but opportunities in these index-based investments still exist, say experts.

Technology: Tech will ‘democratise’ wealth management

With the help of technology, retail investors will be able to access assets previously available only to institutional clients. Bob Currie reports on new research by Funds Europe and Calastone.

Post-Covid-19: There’s no going back

Covid-19 has prompted fund managers to consider how the world will change – perhaps forever – in terms of globalisation and, notably, the response to climate change. By Alex Rolandi.