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Effectively managing the unimaginable

Risk management need not mean elaborate and expensive control programmes, explains Carl Hanssens, but it must start with open and honest dialogue between upper and line management

Sulaiman Moolla, HSBC Amanah

The journey towards absolute return

As global market volatility reaches extreme levels and most asset classes suffer heavy losses, bankers are engaged in the arduous work of finding Sharia-compliant ways to offer companies and investors some protection, writes Philip Alexander

Ted Hood, Source

Private banks embrace ETFs in fund products

Disappointment with the performance of active funds, along with the lower fees charged by passive investments have seen ETFs become a vehicle of choice for many private clients, writes Ceri Jones

Keeping an eye on the future

Investors looking to benefit from global developments can access an expanding range of themes, in either multi- or single-themed approaches. But both are a long-term investment, writes Elisa Trovato

Neil Dwane, RCM

Megatrends unstoppable in driving global changes

Neil Dwane, CIO Europe of RCM, the equity managers of Allianz Global Investors, outlines the six global investment themes he believes are reshaping our world

Gertjan van der Geer, Pictet

The long-term challenge of feeding the world

Not many asset classes show as clear an upward trend as agriculture. With the world’s population steadily increasing, rising demand for food is inevitable, and Pictet’s Agriculture Fund is looking to take advantage of the considerable opportunities in this sector, reports Ceri Jones

James Bevan, CCLA
From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2009

Is it time for a fresh start?

They may have recieved a bad press recently but some believe that structured products have been unfairly lumped in with other failing investment vehicles and that they can still offer solutions to complex problems, writes Nat Mankelow

Emmanuel Naïm
From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2009

Staying in tune with clients’ requirements

Emmanuel Naïm explains how innovation need not mean complexity, and how a number of simple structured products are designed to cater to clients’ needs, protecting their capital while taking advantage of any recovery in the equity markets

Christopher Taylor, Blue Sky Asset Management Limited
From Asset Allocation / Structured products February 1, 2009

À la carte fine dining or ‘Big Macs’?

Christopher Taylor explains the need to differentiate between ‘structured products’, which can just be sales and marketing driven, and ‘structured investments’, developed by research-backed investment thinking

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From Asset Allocation / Structured products December 1, 2008

Providing safety and simplicity

Investors burned by the collapse of Lehman Brothers are shying away from exotic structures and looking for less complicated products and greater transparency. But they also know that the highly volatile markets mean that there are big opportunities to be found, writes Nat Mankelow

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