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Third-party funds figure prominently on German buy-lists

One-third (32.7%) of the funds on German non-independent financial advisers’ buy lists are third-party funds, says a research firm that specialises in global asset management. This means that third-party fund groups, and foreign groups, “have a realistic chance of successfully marketing their funds to these advisers,” says report author Boston-headquartered Cerulli Associates. The firm added […]

Aviva Investors survey on sell-side research reveals biases

London-headquartered Aviva Investors has conducted a survey of 342 sell-side analysts on the influence and the quality of sell-side research as well as on the barriers and constraints to long-term broad-based research. The study has found out that 94% of the sell-side analysts interviewed believe they have moderate to significant influence on investor behaviour while […]

Expat Explorer Survey: Which jurisdictions ‘best’ for wealth, earning prospects

China and Asia may represent the overseas markets of the future, and the United Arab Emirates may be known for its agreeable tax regime. But when it comes to the best overseas jurisdictions to live in for financial reasons, expats surveyed for the most recent edition of the HSBC Expat Explorers Survey named European countries […]

Singapore tops Expat Explorer survey for third year running

Singapore, the chewing-gum free city-state off the southern coast of Malaysia, has topped HSBC’s annual league table of expatriates’ favourite jurisdictions in which to live and work for the third year in a row. Now in its tenth year surveying expatriates on a range of issues of concern to them, the HSBC Expat Explorer survey […]

International Investment’s Essential Compendium of Acronyms

International Investment’s Essential Acronym Compendium is a collection we’ve put together over the years, in an effort to make sense of the financial services industry’s acronym jungle. If you can’t find an acronym you’re looking for, have an idea for one that isn’t here, or would like to suggest changes to our definition of a particular […]

Schroders latest to reverse research charges plans post MiFID II

Schroders has signalled that it has reversed plans to charge investors for external investment research after MiFID II comes into effect next year, following similar decisions by major competitors. MiFID (Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) II, intended to increase consumer protect and boost competition, will become binding across the 31 member states of the European […]

PEOPLE MOVES: Franklin Templeton, TOBAM

Franklin Templeton Investments has appointed Avinash Satwalekar as country head and chief executive of its Malaysia operation, the California-based asset management behemoth has announced. Satwalekar (pictured left) joins Franklin Templeton from Vietcombank Fund Management (VCBF), a joint venture between Franklin Templeton and the Joint-Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Vietnam, better known as Vietcombank. The move […]

Europe’s banks paid ‘disproportionate fines’ to US regulator: report

Europe’s banks have paid a disproportionate share of the fines levied by the United States’ regulators, “with the average fine for European banks being ten times the amount US banks have been served”, data contained in a new report shows. The report, by Dublin-based regulatory risk intelligence provider Corlytics, shows 97% of the US$38.4bn in […]

‘Drop in confidence’ cited as latest GFCI ranking published

There has been an “overall drop in confidence” among the world’s top financial centres over the past six months, although in terms of points, Brexit-battered London only fell slightly relative to some of its rivals, and remained at the top of the latest Global Financial Centres Index, which went live this morning in London. Of […]

Coutts: Value of classic cars drops in 2016 but annual return ‘still 14.2% since 2005’

It’s probably a good thing many of those who choose to “invest” in classic cars also happen to enjoy driving them and owning them, Coutts & Co’s latest ‘Objects of Desire’ Index suggests – since the value of such automobiles from an investment perspective fell by 10.4% last year. Rare musical instruments on the other […]

China house prices ‘growing fastest in world’: Hurun Research

For Chinese individuals looking to buy overseas residential property, prices in the popular Toronto market have leapt the most over the 12 months to the end of June, but Hong Kong’s prices also grew a substantial 20.8%, a Shanghai-based research organisation has reported. In its Hurun Global House Price Index 2017 Half-Year Report, the Hurun Research […]

DIFC’s global fintech stars of the future start financial services scheme

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has selected the first 11 finalists for its ‘FinTech Hive’ start-up accelerator programme. Future entrepreneurs looking to create financial services business solutions using new technologies are now decamped in the DIFC having travelled from across the globe. Representatives from the US, Singapore, UK, Sweden, India, Azerbaijan, the United Arab […]

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