Selectors missed US equities opportunity amid volatility
European fund selectors have been overwhelmingly bullish on absolute return strategy funds as a response to market volatility – but they could have made more returns if they took the risky option of US equities.
Active strategies overshadow passive for European investors
New Morningstar data shows that around 16% of European assets invested in funds were held in passive strategies in January 2018, much less than many had expected.
Why European investor performance trailed the US and Latam
The depreciation of the US dollar led to European investors lagging behind their US and Latin American counterparts in terms of performance in 2017 despite making the right call about being overweight European equities, according to Natixis Investment Managers.
Click through the gallery to find out what asset allocation looked like for European, US, and Latin American investors in 2017.
Nordic fund platform, Kames Capital sign distribution agreement
Nasdaq’s Scandinavian fund platform, Nordic Fund Market, has signed a distribution agreement with UK fund manager Kames Capital to offer its range of 11 Dublin-registered funds.
European watchdog warns of investment fund ‘fire sales’
Mismatches between the liquidity of open-ended investment funds’ assets and their redemption profiles could lead to “fire sales” to meet redemption requests in times of market stress, the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) has warned.
Popularity of absolute return strategies could signal further volatility
Across Europe absolute return strategies are the asset class most fund selectors wanted to buy even before the recent rise in volatility in bond and equity markets, although the Dutch are not particularly keen on the strategy.