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Jonathan Willcocks, M&G Investments
From Fund Managers / Distribution August 26, 2015

M&G reports huge appetite for multi-asset solutions

Multi-asset funds are proving increasingly popular among investors looking to diversify away from bonds and boost income, claims M&G’s Jonathan Willcocks, while Europe is expected to become the next sub-advisory battleground

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From Fund Managers / Distribution August 25, 2015

‘Global gorillas’ reach for the stars

Fund distribution is changing. A number of “global gorillas” are expanding through acquisition to dominate the cross-border space while other banks look to dominate their domestic markets. But does this benefit investors?

Nick Lyster, PGI
From Fund Managers / Distribution June 11, 2015

Principal Global Investors senses opportunity amid sub-advisory surge

The bulk of Principal Global Investors’ future growth will come from HNW individuals, says Nick Lyster who runs the US firm’s European operations, with private banks’ renewed appetite for sub-advisory partners a prime target

Jim Jessee, MFS
From Fund Managers / Distribution May 12, 2015

Big-brand mindset has all of MFS playing same tune

MFS has become one of the fastest growing asset managers, spreading out from its US heartlands into Europe and beyond. But its distribution chiefs admit more could be done to bolster the firm’s brand

Matt Shafer, Natixis
From Fund Managers / Distribution March 9, 2015

Durability of multi-affiliate model holds sway at Natixis

Natixis is keen to expand away from its US and French heartlands, says distribution chief Matt Shafer, and hopes its multi-affiliate model will find favour in Asia and the UK

Yves Perrier, Amundi
From Fund Managers / Distribution March 3, 2014

Innovation adds sparkle to Perrier’s fund factory at Amundi

Amundi CEO Yves Perrier prides himself on having instilled a highly efficient culture at the French firm, but regrets missing out on the purchase of Pioneer’s funds arm

Patrick Rivière, La Française
From Fund Managers / Distribution April 8, 2013

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

From Fund Managers / Distribution February 28, 2013

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

From Fund Managers / Distribution May 31, 2012

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

From Fund Managers / Distribution October 31, 2011

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

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