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.
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.
Use non-mainstream assets when conventional ones don’t cut it
When deciding on an investment strategy the temptation may be to follow the herd where there is safety in numbers, but sometimes it’s better to take the road less travelled.
Liquid Alts: what to buy, how to buy and what to pay
Diversification into alternative liquid asset classes, in particular unconstrained bonds and long/short equities, have had a great year.