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Graham Stock, Insparo Asset Management

China will remain valuable to Africa in the long-term

Graham Stock (pictured), chief strategist at Insparo Asset Management comments on China-Africa relations ahead of the China-Africa Business Summit… »


Demand grows for UK smaller companies as risk appetite increases

The buoyant start to 2013 has seen the demand for UK smaller companies continue as investors’ appetite for risk has increased in-line with growing confidence in the global economic outlook. Co-portfolio managers on the Franklin UK Smaller Companies Fund, Paul Spencer and Richard Bullas believe that small caps can continue to make headway and outperform the broader market as investors search for growth companies in an otherwise low or no growth macro environment. »

Duncan Crawford, Newedge

Newedge – Best European Prime Broker

Newedge’s business is based on an agency model benefiting from joint ownership of two French banks, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole CIB. Newedge maintains membership to 60+ derivative and 23 commodity exchanges. »

Ad van Tiggelen, Senior Investment Specialist at ING Investment Management

Equities: safety first?

In the first quarter of 2013, investors in European equities continued to behave like first time swimmers: they only wanted to enter the water wearing a life vest. Despite tentative signs of a global recovery, investors maintained a strong preference for “safe” global brand names in defensive sectors, says Ad van Tiggelen, Senior Investment Specialist at ING Investment Management… »

Patrick Zeenni, Dexia Asset Management

Dexia Asset Management – Best Fixed Income Manager

The UCITS IV-compliant Dexia Long Short Credit fund launched in October 2009. The fund builds its long and short positions by screening for investment opportunities in the broad investment grade and high yield corporate bond markets of Europe and the US. The minimum high yield rating for net long credit exposure is B-.  »

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UCITS fund managers face variable pay cap

The European Parliament has voted in favour of draft remuneration rules implementing variable pay caps for UCITS fund managers. The rules include the requirement for a significant proportion of variable pay to be deferred for three to five years, with a cap on variable pay of one times salary. Stephen Cahill, head of compensation and benefits at Deloitte, comments… »

Jon Terry, partner, PwC

Fund managers one step closer to tougher bonus rules

The European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON) has voted in favour of capping bonuses at 100% of salary. This is an important marker as to the Parliament’s position regarding asset managers’ pay and starts the process as to what the final remuneration provisions will be within the UCITS V Directive. Much negotiation lies ahead, but the starting position is now clear, says Jon Terry (pictured), partner in PwC’s reward team… »

John Terry, PwC

Fund managers could face tougher pay rules than the banking sector under new proposals

Jon Terry (pictured), partner in PwC’s reward team, comments on the European Parliament’s suggested amendments to the UCITS V Directive, which, if passed, will have major implications for all European asset management businesses… »

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European getaway

While many market observers are impressed by suddenly soaring European stocks, Paul Chew, Head of Investments at Brown Advisory is sceptical about a continued run in 2013… »

Joanna Shatney, Head of US Large Cap Equities at Schroders

US sequestration poses downward risk

Joanna Shatney (pictured), Head of US Large Cap Equities at Schroders, shares her views on the recent sequestration in the US…  »

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