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Mark Mobius, Franklin Templeton
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 25, 2012

Burgeoning growth draws investors to the frontier

The growth potential of frontier markets is huge, and a number of funds provide investors with a way in, but these opportunities come with considerable risk

Eric Verleyen, Société Générale Private Banking
From Asset Allocation / Equity September 25, 2012

Appetite for risk returns but clouds gather in the East

Markets have reacted favourably to the ECB’s bond buying scheme and investors are taking on more risk, but China’s slowdown is worrying

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income September 25, 2012

Doubts creep in over emerging market outlook

Flows into emerging market bonds remain healthy despite low yields and worrying signs that China’s growth is slowing, but some fear investors will flee these markets if the good times come to an end

Kenneth Heinz, Hedge Fund Research
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management August 29, 2012

Wealth managers warming to sustainable energy funds

Investments into renewable energy are on the rise, and funds tracking the sector are seing inflows, but the theme is better suited to those investors with a long-term horizon

From Asset Allocation / Alternatives August 29, 2012

Why alternatives might hold the key to income

The wide range of categories covered by alternative investments, many of them with low correlations to equity and bond markets, could offer stable income streams to investors, but fundamental research is essential before picking funds

From Asset Allocation / ETFs August 29, 2012

Eurozone crisis taking its toll on ETF inflows

Volatile markets have seen falling flows into equity-linked ETFs, but fixed income investments are on the rise, while products tracking precious metals are also booming

Alex Claringbull, iShares
From Asset Allocation / ETFs August 29, 2012

iShares predicts higher demand for fixed income ETFs

Exchange traded funds offering targeted exposure to eurozone governments’ bonds are proving popular, while products based on emerging markets could become the next big thing

Kim Catechis, Martin Currie

Emerging markets well placed to weather storm

Emerging markets remain better placed to succeed in today’s volatile global economy, though they would benefit from a return to growth in the West

Fending off the euro crisis

Wealth managers are battling to protect clients from the ongoing instability in the eurozone, and are building exposure to currencies that are generally percieved as safer bets

Picking the winners in a diverse commodities sector

The increasingly diverse performances of different commodities is forcing fund managers to go overweight on those they feel will outperfom

Investors in emerging markets are beginning to see Ukraine as an interesting macro-economic story, says ICU Founding Partner Makar Paseniuk; while the firm’s Head of Venture and Tech Investments discusses start-up potential.

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