The number of multi-asset fund launches has accelerated this year, following the introduction of pension freedoms, begging the question: how many vehicles in the burgeoning sector can thrive or even survive in the longer term?
Investment needs to be more 'fun'
The retail industry appears to find endless fascination from monitoring inflows and outflows from particular funds and asset management houses.
The year 2005 seems like a lifetime ago instead of ten years. We were in the aftermath of the dotcom crisis and had lost a generation of investors who had been sucked in by the supposedly high returns with little risk offered from investing in technology...
I do not want to be awkward or deliberately contrarian but has anyone noticed US equities look expensive again?
The industry needs to agree a proper measure of value added by managers in the investment process, writes David Stevenson.
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Investment Week is due to publish a book, Intelligent Investors, to celebrate its first 20 years shortly.
Concentration risk in factor indices
There is an unsaid adage in fund management about 'grey hair' and 'scars', which means up and coming talent in the industry can be overlooked in favour of those with a decade or two of investment experience under their belt.
Alternative finance becoming more mainstream
Today's announcement by Stewart Investors that Angus Tulloch and Jonathan Asante are stepping down from a number of funds will have unsettled investors, perhaps far more than any other high profile manager moves of the past.
Much is made within the industry about 'profitable' and 'unprofitable' clients, but outside the financial services bubble it can sound a bit crass or uncaring.
War on 'rip-off' fees
We have all talked about the advice gap since RDR took hold, but surely there has always been an advice gap?
It is finally time to say adieu to listed hedge fund BlueCrest BlueTrend, which has just tabled proposals to wind up as its market cap has slumped below $100m.
Every once in a while I am forced, reluctantly, away from my ivory contrarian tower, and dumped on to the mean streets of middle Britain to talk to actual, real, living investors and their advisers.
We are about to embark on what I call the autumn acronym season where VCT, BPR, IHT, SEIS and EIS are part of many conversations advisers have with their clients.
Richard Jeffrey, chief investment officer at Cazenove Capital, argues that UK and US policymakers should have tightened monetary policies sooner rather than later.
It is fair to say it has become rather fashionable to criticise alternative assets. However, alternatives have been going from strength to strength in one part of the investment universe – the humble and ancient investment trust.
Large projects continue in a 'vibrant' market
Lots of people have loathed bonds
'Standing up for the little man' was one way Daniel Godfrey's exit from the Investment Association (IA) was depicted last week.
Neptune's George Boyd-Bowman, manager of the Global Income fund, assesses the impact of Abenomics on corporate Japan.