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Duncan Goodwin, Martin Currie

Widening the net to make commodities pay

Commodity-related funds may have been suffering of late but Martin Currie’s Duncan Goodwin has found success running the Global Resources fund by diversifying across a wide range of sectors and focusing on company strategy and management rather than the index

Patrick Rivière, La Française

La Française strives to make equities more palatable

Nervous investors are wary of making the jump from bonds to equities, says La Française’s Patrick Rivière, but regular dividend payouts and exposure to emerging markets can help settle nerves

Building partnerships between fund houses and distributors

Private banks following the guided architecture approach face a number of challenges when selecting fund groups, but both sides must be fully transparent and work together if the relationship is to prosper

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

Italian fund houses struggling to cope with foreign invasion

Italian fund houses are used to having free rein in their domestic market, but international firms are now a growing presence in the country. Yet both sides stand to benefit if they partner together

Volatile markets cause selection headaches

Antony John, CEO of BNP Paribas unit FundQuest, discusses the increased challenges faced by fund selectors in these tough economic conditions and the extra skills they need to assess passive in addition to active investments

Patrick Rivière, La Française

La Française prepares to harvest a foreign vintage

Patrick Rivière discusses how French funds group La Française aims to cater to new clients and outlines plans for cross-border expansion

New concepts with a health warning

Innovative products can help clients to achieve their objectives and manage risk, but many are viewed with cynicism and have a long way to go to shake off the image of being little more than fee-generators

Willie Slattery, State Street

Dublin endeavours to resuscitate Celtic tiger

A concerted effort to bring in international business and revive the Irish economy is underway, but how the fund industry responds to new regulations is key.

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Asian appetite for Ucits keeps on growing

Demand for cross-border funds is booming in Asia, reports Rekha Menon, but the market can be a difficult one for Western fund houses to establish themselves in

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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