With most global fixed income markets priced for perfection, investors are flocking to the one yield hold-out left: emerging market debt. But are investors really being compensated for the risk?
European equities have been in the spotlights for a while, and finally interest is translating into real flows, according to Morningstar data. But there is a caveat to the optimism, which manifested itself last week.
Multi-strategy absolute return funds have been a blockbuster seller with investors for the past few years. But these funds have so far not done what they promise. With one exception.
A poll conducted by Expert Investor last year among more than 60 European fund selectors showed that active share is an important fund selection metric for more than 80% of them. However, very few fund houses regularly update investors about the active share of their funds. Should they be more open?
As soon as a fund’s portfolio reaches 40 stocks, the benefits of portfolio diversification diminish. Therefore, fund managers should strive to have no more than 40 holdings. That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by Nomura Asset Management.
They have been the most popular asset class since the final quarter of 2014, but for how long will the European equity mania continue? Saturation is setting in slowly, but at the same time it seems investors are seeing few alternatives to the asset class yet.
Industrifinans’s Arild Orgland explains why he is a big UCITS fan and talks about how he scours the fund world for
managers who think in the same way that he does.
Over the past two decades or so, Ucits has become the default fund format for cross-border funds. Since the UCITS IV directive opened up the alternative space for Ucits funds in 2009, the format has become even more ubiquitous. Its dominance has even gone as far that many fund selectors have narrowed down their selection universe to Ucits-only. But is this a sensible way to go?
The Norwegian financial regulator recently announced that it considers the DNB Norge fund, a supposedly actively managed fund invested in Norwegian large cap equities, a so-called closet-tracker. Orgland used the DNB Norge fund in his client portfolios until last year.
He gives his view on the controversy surrounding this fund.
Equities and high yield bonds follow each other wherever they go, both when it comes to fund flows and returns, as we discussed last week on this site. The Barclays Global High Yield Index even followed stocks down on Monday in the aftermath of the breakdown of talks between Greece and its creditors. So, if high yield bonds behave more like equities than like investment-grade bonds, what does that mean for portfolio construction? Should the seemingly inseparable twins be placed in the same classroom or is it better to separate them?