For Amundi, there is no single solution to smart beta, and appreciating the diverse range of approaches is vital. This is what Amundi's clients are doing, or planning to do.
It is important to understand the difference between smart beta and factor indexing in order to obtain the right mix of betas to control risks, Francois Millet, of Lyxor, says.
The emerging markets corporate bond universe is much larger and more diverse than widely assumed. In the current market, a growth recovery in the developed world is helping emerging market corporates to generate better returns versus emerging market sovereign bonds.
Pioneer Investments' target income suite offers investment opportunities aimed at generating an attractive and stable level of income with low volatility, says Hugh Prendergast, head of strategic product and marketing, Western Europe and international.
As major regulations reach the implementation stage, the industry is finally looking beyond compliance and to new investment opportunities. Keith Hale of Multifonds speaks about how a more efficient systems infrastructure will be key in pursuing these ambitions.
Companies are seeking cost-effective and high quality risk management solutions, a nearshore location, such as Northern Ireland can deliver both, says Robert Magee of Invest Northern Ireland.
Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance, says offshore is very much alive as he looks at the development of Jersey's AIFMD landscape.
Investors seeking high alpha should look to concentrated strategies, according to Andrew Arbuthnott, head of large cap European equity at Pioneer Investments and lead manager of Pioneer Funds Top European Players.
Amundi came to the market for exchange-traded funds later than some competitors, but it has grown its market share, due to innovation and low fees, to reach the fourth position in the European ETF providers ranking, says Valerie Baudson, global head of ETF and index solutions.
As ETF providers face a maze of operating challenges in the European market, Fiona Moore of Northern Trust tells Funds Europe how asset servicers can help steer them to their goals.