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Jonathan Cohen, RoboCap

Fintech on Friday: Financial services and robotics far from natural bedfellows

High net worth individuals should be more interested in the investment opportunities offered by robotics and automation than their impact on wealth management, claims Jonathan Cohen of RoboCap

Lee Gardhouse, Hargreaves Lansdown

Size isn’t everything as fund performance beats brand

Fund selectors claim brand is unimportant, with the manager, investment process and anticipated returns all higher on the agenda

Stéphane Corsaletti, ABN Amro Investment Solutions

Sub-advisory opens door to niche managers and bespoke products

Asset managers looking for higher transparency and exclusivity of distribution are finding the sub-advisory approach gives access to boutiques and helps them stand out from rivals

Beverley Sharp, Mercer

Less is more for private banks picking product providers

The preferred partner model, whereby private banks source their product menu from a small number of asset managers, is gaining traction 

Christian A. Edelmann web

M&A on the rise as asset managers battle falling revenues

A merger may enable asset managers to cut costs, but the most successful collaborations are those which bring together complementary capabilities

Tom Rampulla, Vanguard

Vanguard passionate about driving down costs in asset management

Vanguard’s low cost approach is of huge benefit to its customers, insists Thomas Rampulla, managing director of the firm’s Financial Advisor Services division, claiming active managers would be wise to follow suit

Santo Borsellino, Generali Investments

External assets central to Generali’s expansion drive

Generali Investments’ chief executive Santo Borsellino made growing the Italian firm’s third party business a “key priority” when he took control in 2013. So far the decision has paid off

Martin Gilbert, Aberdeen

Aberdeen says fund houses must digitise

Aberdeen CEO Martin Gilbert believes a diversified fund offering and the firm’s recent cost-cutting drive will mean a change in fortunes

Marty Dobbins, State Street

Funds and fintechs find Luxembourg an attractive base

Asset managers have long been using Luxembourg as a base for cross-border fund distribution but the Grand Duchy has found a new lease of life as a haven for tech-based start-ups

Manuela Sperandeo, iShares

Technology fundamental to the rise of smart beta strategies

Technology has proved to be a driving force behind the rise of smart beta, both in terms of developing the strategies themselves and in distributing the products that put them to use

THE GREAT DEBATE: CRYPTOCURRENCIES IN THE BALANCE

Anders Kvamme Jensen, founder of the AKJ global brokerage and digital asset specialist, goes head to head with Max Thowless-Reeves, chief investment officer of Sorbus Partners private office, discussing technology, tokens and tradable electronic currencies, in a debate refereed by PWM's Yuri Bender.

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