December 2019

Editorial: Look at the tailwinds

Emerging market fund managers sometimes fail to raise money because clients are put off by short-term situations, such as the current trade war. The...

Opinion: Investments that go wrong

Years ago, I used to attend a creative writing workshop at City University in London. One of my fellow students was an American who...

Executive interview: Amundi plans to “stigmatise” ESG laggards

Yves Perrier, the CEO of Europe’s largest asset manager, sees climate change in his own back yard. He talks to Nick Fitzpatrick about ESG,...

Sponsored feature: Multi-asset for the next decade

Having grown in popularity during a long bull market, most multi-asset strategies have yet to be fully tested. Baillie Gifford investment manager James Squires...

Smart Beta: Is this a match made in heaven?

Elizabeth Pfeuti finds certain investment factors could be boosted if ESG criteria were added to them – but that limiting stock selection by mixing...

Sponsored feature: Factor allocation is crucial

Once a niche strategy, factor investing has transformed portfolios since the financial crisis, says Bruno Taillardat of Amundi. The financial crisis of 2008, and to...

Sustainability: Has capitalism run its course?

The funds industry will have to move away from the free-market model of constant economic growth if it wants to address the challenges of...

Real assets: mode du jour or a long-lasting trend?

Can the record investment into real assets reach new levels? Is their supply sufficient for the market? Would newer assets be of lower quality? These...

Active versus passive: enemies or brothers?

The comparative merits of these two methods of investing prompted lively debate at SGSS’s investor conference in Paris. As the proportion of assets in passive funds...

Sponsored feature: VanEck on why high dividend strategies appeal at a time of ultra-low interest rates

“Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It’s to see my dividends coming in.”John D. Rockefeller, 1908. In the current environment of ultra-low...

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