Pioneer CEO to leave as Amundi unveils new merged structure

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Pioneer Investments group chief executive Giordano Lombardo is to depart after the completion of its acquisition by Amundi Asset Management on 3 July, as part of a raft of structural changes impacting more than 30 countries.

Published : 23, Jun 2017
ANALYSIS: How are today's wealth managers using ETFs?

ANALYSIS: How are today's wealth managers using...

Wealth managers traditionally allocate meagre chunks of their portfolios to passive, but with assets in exchange-traded funds passing the $4trn (£3.2trn, €3.6trn) mark globally last month, that could be set to change.

Published : 22, Jun 2017
What next after China's MSCI inclusion?

What next after China's MSCI inclusion?

Wealth and asset managers give their views on the implications of the MSCI inclusion of A-shares and where they find investment opportunities onshore.

Published : 22, Jun 2017
Saudi closes in on emerging market status as royals reshuffle

Saudi closes in on emerging market status as royals...

Saudi Arabia has taken a big step towards being classified as an emerging market after the MSCI added the Gulf state to its watchlist for potential upgrade on Tuesday, with the Saudi royal family making an unprecedented succession change a day later.

Published : 22, Jun 2017
ANALYSIS: Why has MSCI taken so long to embrace A-shares?

ANALYSIS: Why has MSCI taken so long to embrace...

MSCI has finally included China A-shares in its emerging market indices, but the decision seems long overdue.

Published : 21, Jun 2017
Five Brexit scenarios for investors to chew over

Five Brexit scenarios for investors to chew over...

Brexit negotiations are officially underway. But what’s the final Brexit going to be – hard, soft, wobbly, red white and blue? Or will the UK economy simply plunge off the cliff edge? Investors weigh in.

Published : 21, Jun 2017
Philippine HNWIs maintain strong home bias

Philippine HNWIs maintain strong home bias

A preference for local investment products limits investor allocation to feeder funds, according to industry sources.

Published : 21, Jun 2017
China's MSCI A-share inclusion a small first step

China's MSCI A-share inclusion a small first step...

Largely within expectations, the MSCI will add Chinese A-shares to its emerging markets indices starting in May next year - a symbolic rather than impactful move in the short run.

Published : 21, Jun 2017
Sterling plummets on Carney rate hike rejection

Sterling plummets on Carney rate hike rejection...

Sterling fell on Tuesday morning in reaction to Mark Carney's claim that “now is not yet the time” to hike interest rates in the UK.

Published : 20, Jun 2017
Indonesia's tax amnesty boosts bond appeal

Indonesia's tax amnesty boosts bond appeal

Indonesia's tax amnesty brought in revenue, which lowered the fiscal deficit and enhanced the appeal of government bonds, says Allianz Global Investor's David Tan.

Published : 20, Jun 2017
Stricter suitability requirements to roll out in China

Stricter suitability requirements to roll out...

All products that mainland Chinese can invest in will have to meet newly-introduced suitability requirements starting July 1.

Published : 20, Jun 2017
Columbia Threadneedle expands US equity fund range

Columbia Threadneedle expands US equity fund range...

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is expanding its US equity fund range with the launch of the Threadneedle (Lux) US Disciplined Core Equities Fund in its Luxembourg Sicav.

Published : 19, Jun 2017
Frontier markets – is it still an asset class?

Frontier markets – is it still an asset class?...

With a string of countries having been promoted from frontier market to emerging market by index provider MSCI in recent years, investors need to ask themselves the question: are frontier markets still a viable asset class? And if they aren’t, is that actually a problem?

Published : 19, Jun 2017
Gulf nations push up interest rates after Fed move

Gulf nations push up interest rates after Fed...

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, along with Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan have raised interest rates in line with this week’s decision by the US central bank to hike its Federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 1.25%.

Published : 16, Jun 2017
Saudi asset manager combines Shariah and ethical strategies

Saudi asset manager combines Shariah and ethical...

Sedco Capital, one of the largest asset managers in Saudi Arabia, has launched an investment strategy that integrates the firm’s Shariah-compliant investment approach with ethical investing.

Published : 15, Jun 2017
Sanlam switches on AI in 'world first' for fund industry

Sanlam switches on AI in 'world first' for fund...

Sanlam has claimed it is now offering the world’s first ever balanced fund run by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Published : 15, Jun 2017
Trump’s Paris exit throws up problems for ESG bond managers

Trump’s Paris exit throws up problems for ESG...

US president Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement may result in securities issued by the US government becoming ineligible for ESG investors, experts say. But ESG fund managers are reluctant to disengage.

Published : 14, Jun 2017
ANALYSIS: Prepare for the ‘new normal’ of rising UK inflation

ANALYSIS: Prepare for the ‘new normal’ of rising...

Any hopes the Bank of England could soon hike interest rates have been dashed after news of the UK’s soaring inflation emerged on Tuesday, so should we settle in for the ‘new normal’ of an inflationary world?

Published : 13, Jun 2017
ETF assets surpass $4 trillion milestone

ETF assets surpass $4 trillion milestone

Record inflows in May powered total assets invested in exchange trade funds (ETFs) around the world across the $4trn mark. And Europe is picking up the pace.

Published : 13, Jun 2017
ANALYSIS: Margin pressure points to more fund group M&A

ANALYSIS: Margin pressure points to more fund...

The headlines say fund groups’ profits fell, but what else can we learn from McKinsey & Company’s Asset Management 2017 report into the European funds industry?

Published : 12, Jun 2017

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