Profile interviews with leading European fund selectors
Are regional emerging market funds making a comeback?
Emerging market equities is one of the few asset classes where investors are still seeing value, but as the asset class makes a comeback investors have different takes on whether to allocate to regional funds or leave geographical allocation to portfolio managers.
Alfi chief: regulation overload hindering industry
The glut of hefty EU regulations introduced this year do not always complement each other, complains Alfi chair Denise Voss.
Stark: ECB interference causes ‘unintended consequences’
The European central banks’ market interventions, such as their asset purchase programme, has created the “unintended consequence” of the institutions becoming a dominant decision maker in investments, and has led to risk not being priced properly, according to ex-ECB chief economist Jürgen Stark.
Funds rebadging as ESG reaches new heights
Asset managers are increasingly repurposing underperforming funds into ESG products to jump on the sustainable investing trend, but an announcement this week from Franklin Templeton Investments has taken the process to new heights as it repositions a global equities fund into a thematic climate change product.
Fiscal policy concerns after Italy’s populist parties gain
The market reaction following the success of Italy’s populist parties at Sunday’s general election will depend on how diluted their stance will be going forward on fiscal easing and being anti-Europe, according to experts.
Finns and Swedes’ small cap preference reaps rewards
European small cap growth funds have outperformed rival fund categories over the last three years, and Finnish and Swedish fund selectors have led the pack in cashing in.
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.