December-January 2015

OPINION: Let’s mess things up

The best kind of research is the kind that confirms what you already believe. Thus, I was delighted to stumble across some new research...

SYSTEMIC RISK: The black swans of asset management

In the march towards financial stability, attention is turning towards the funds industry. Asset management denies it poses a systemic risk. But Fiona Rintoul...

FIXED INCOME: The acid test

In theory, absolute return bond funds should make money in all market scenarios. But when they are tested, such as during the 2013 taper...

INTERVIEW: Beat the rebateless age

Scrapping rebates could hurt less well-known fund houses and stifle consumer choice, Xavier Guillon, the head of Oyster Funds from Switzerland's Syz Asset Management,...

EQUITIES: Fashion led by bankers

Breaking up conglomerates is challenging, but investment banks often pitch the concept that value in individual businesses will be set free. Stefanie Eschenbacher explores...

ALTERNATIVE FUND ADMINISTRATION: Passing on the cost

How expensive will the AIFMD be for hedge funds and their administrators? Stefanie Eschenbacher seeks numbers and asks if costs will be passed down...

MULTI ASSETS: The right way to do it

From multi-asset strategies to funds of funds, there has always been demand for products that can spread risk across portfolios. George Mitton talks first...

CUSTODY BANKING: Meat to the lions or sensible governance?

In many cases investment banks have brought their custody and  capital markets businesses closer together. But is this a good mix? Nick Fitzpatrick talks...

CUSTODY BANKING: Downward pressure

Low interest rates and quantitative easing are there to foster growth. But the custodians see another side of the story. Nick Fitzpatrick talks to...

INVESTEC GLOBAL ADVISOR FORUM: Best advice you can get

Transparency of advisor fees, an aim of regulators everywhere, is increasing professionalism in retail financial advice. But the shift is a painful one. A...

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