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Patel Pinakin, JPMorgan

Thai value amongst political turbulence

Despite the political turmoil, Thailand remains attractive in terms of investment potential, although foreign investors may prefer other countries in the region that appear to be more stable, writes Elliot Smither.

Deborah Fuhr, BGI
From Asset Allocation / ETFs May 25, 2010

Product quality threatened by lack of transparency

The European ETF industry may be booming, but confusion over product definitions and a fragmented marketplace could hit their expansion into the retail sector, writes Elisa Trovato.

Andy Halford, Kleinwort Benson
From Asset Allocation / Structured products April 27, 2010

Renewed appetite for structured solutions as worries disappear

With equity based investments back in demand, structured products are once again attracting investors, although concerns about liquidity mean transparency and simplicity are at a premium, writes Ceri Jones.

Nicolas de Skowronski, Bank Julius Baer
From Asset Allocation / Thematic Investing March 25, 2010

Backing the right horse

The premise behind thematic investing, picking the long-term winners from global trends such as reducing carbon emissions and ageing populations, strikes a chord with wealthy investors, writes Elisa Trovato

Scott Thompson, ETF Securities
From Asset Allocation / ETFs February 25, 2010

Heading in the right direction?

Exchange traded funds continue to prove incredibly popular, writes Elisa Trovato, but as the evolution in this space brings the possibility of more complex products, are these developments really in clients’ interest?

Ferdinand Haas, DWS Investments
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 7, 2010

Guaranteed to protect and serve

Capital guaranteed products appeal to both high net worth and retail investors, writes Elisa Trovato, but it is vital that the client knows just how the funds work and the issues they are likely to encounter

Nicolas Gaumont-Prat, TFS Structured Products
From Asset Allocation / Structured products December 9, 2009

Backlash against hedge fund-linked structured products

Clients concerned with liquidity and transparency are shying away from structured products based on hedge funds, reports Ceri Jones, while a desire to particpate in rising markets has led to a resurgence in equity linked structures

Chris Taylor, Blue Sky Asset Management
From Asset Allocation / Structured products December 9, 2009

Time to think, talk and walk like an investment industry

Following the regulatory review of the structured product industry in the UK, the collective responsibility of providers and advisers must now be focusing on a client-centric and portfolio-driven approach to using structured investments, writes Chris Taylor

Matt Christensen, Eurosif
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management November 1, 2009

Downturn boosts investors’ faith in SRI products

The European SRI market remains dominated by institutional investors, writes Elisa Trovato, but interest among private investors is growing as the fallout from the financial crisis leads people to consider investing in a more responsible way

Jane Balen, Barclays Capital
From Asset Allocation / Structured products November 1, 2009

Transparency top of investors' wish lists

Clients are still interested in algorithmically constructed indices that enable them to access hard to reach assets, writes Ceri Jones, but they want to know what they are buying

Historically, German real estate has seen overheated markets and over-supply, but we are far from such scenarios today, according to Consus, a firm keen to manage costs and embrace latest construction technologies.

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