Magazine Issues»May 2016

Nearly a year on from the Ucits V survey conducted by Funds Europe and RBC Investor & Treasury Services, we gauge action taken by the funds industry as the updated Ucits rules progress. But the main focus of this 2016 survey is on the level of preparedness for the profound changes that MiFID II will bring.

As technology develops in leaps and bounds and millennials enter the market in force, asset management could be a very different industry five years from now. Our panel discussed how this disruption will pan out.

Matt ThomasResearch suggests a high number of younger people would use robo-advice if their banks offered it. Matt Thomas, partner at KPMG, says this does not signal the end of human advisers – but high interest in this area means advisers must develop their own offerings.

Cobbe and OrmondThe European Long-term Investment Fund (Eltif) is a new type of regulated fund to facilitate retail and institutional investment in projects that require long-term capital, such as infrastructure, real estate, transport and energy.

RollercoasterDavid Stevenson takes a short ride on the ETF train and sees the industry landscape changing as competition intensifies, providers grow in number and the range of products gets broader.

Graph screenAs open outcry trading becomes ever scarcer, Nicholas Pratt asks whether electronic trading has given fund managers a more efficient, effective market or simply made things even more complicated.

Bruce McGloganAs an alternative asset class, private equity and real estate (PERE) is on the rise worldwide, according to Bruce McGlogan, Head of Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Services at Maitland, the global advisory and fund administration firm with over $280 billion in assets under administration. 

Hybrid carPrivate equity real estate or PERE funds are growing in popularity, but a drive for more transparency could create avoidable costs. Nicholas Pratt reports.

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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.