European fund demand for equities expected to peak in 2018
European asset managers’ appetite for equities is at its highest since March 2015 with the majority of fund managers responding to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s latest fund manager survey reporting an overweight allocation despite seeing the asset class as expensive.
Neuberger Berman slams credit agencies on ESG failings
More needs to be done by the big three credit ratings agencies to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns into their issuer ratings, according to Neuberger Berman.
Difficulty for fund managers if ESG not considered
It will become difficult for fund managers in the future to sell their products if they do not take into account environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, Aktia Asset Management believes.
Mifid II to boost Europe’s passive funds over active funds
Europe’s passive funds will be given a boost in 2018 at the expense of active funds thanks to Mifid II’s drive for transparency on costs, according to research firm Cerulli Associates.
Year in review: Japan
The Japanese economy is in the midst of its longest period of growth in more than a decade, helping drive an average return of 16.11% in sterling terms for funds in the UK Investment Association’s Japan sector in 2017, with the best performing fund up nearly 40%.
Equities to continue uptrend despite high valuations – NN IP
The big question on investors’ minds is whether equity markets will continue trending upwards in 2018. High valuations as such are not much of guide to answer that question, believes Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijzen, CIO of NN Investment Partners. Instead, investors should focus on trends.