Magazine Issues»March 2021

Nick_FitzpatrickIn creating Turn – a platform designed to standardise the copious data requirements under MiFID II – the funds industry has found something like a Holy Grail: a utility built not so much from blockchain, but from the willingness of competing firms to cooperate.

Portfolio_managementCourtney Thomas and Maximilien Dambax, of specialist fund administrator Alter Domus, give insight into how client-facing technology is driving the alternative funds administration business.

Nick_WrighKeeping up with changes in the asset management world has become a full-time pursuit. Between persistent fee pressure and increased competition for assets, fund firms are constantly having to reevaluate their operational strategies to stay current and competitive, writes SS&C’s Nick Wright.

Fiona_RintoulIf one person owned the US presidential inauguration in January, it was not Joe Biden, not even Kamala Harris, the first ever female vice president, but the 22-year-old national youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman.

Investment managersInvestment managers (IMs) seeking new European markets can launch a fund on either a hosted platform or as a standalone structure. Davy Global Fund Management’s Luxembourg CEO Stephen Roberts and director Annette Stack explain the key points to consider when making this decision.

Infrastructure_investingInfrastructure is correctly seen as a diversifier and source of stable returns. Pete Carvill looks at the UK’s needs and finds that despite the steep entry costs, there is a role for smaller pension schemes.

Weighing_of_the_soulCan fund managers step up through ESG programmes and create a fairer society? Mirza Baig, an ESG leader at Aviva Investors, believes they can and explains to Nick Fitzpatrick how executive pay is one lever that can influence the outcome.

David_SarfasDavid Sarfas, head of private capital at Intertrust Group, discusses how robotisation and emerging technology is driving data management processes forward.

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