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Sponsored: Jersey pension structures benefit 60 million people globally report says

The myth that investment activity undertaken in Jersey is relevant to and benefits only big business and wealthy people has been turned on its head with the publication of a new report this month, which shows that at least 60 million people around the world are benefiting from pension funds invested through Jersey. Undertaken by […]

OECD finds ‘deep’ divisions in society across a range of indices

More than one in three people are within just three months’ wages of poverty, says a new report that urges governments to find new ways to engage with citizens and address their needs in order to restore trust in society and politics. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) surveyed its member countries, 35 […]

Multi-family offices see growth spurt as rich get richer

US multi-family offices are steadily winning market share from traditional banks and wealth-management firms by focusing on what they are best at and quietly outsourcing esoteric financial advice to specialist firms, a new report discloses. And rather than fight the trend, says the report’s authors, banks and financial advisory firms would do well to work […]

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 […]

NZ, Singapore and Denmark top annual Ease of Doing Business table

New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark retained their places at the top of the World Bank’s annual Ease of Doing Business ranking, published yesterday, while the US leap-frogged the (unchanged) UK to move up to sixth place, from eighth in 2016. But it was India’s move into 100th place – by rising 30 places since last […]

Euro-funds ‘close to historical peak’ in August

UCITS and alternative investment funds (AIFs) came close to matching their historical record in August with strong sales, the The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) revealed today. The organisation crunched the data based on sales reports from 29 jurisdictions, representing 99% of all UCITS/AIFs sold. It found that net sales for both reached €94bn […]

World’s pension systems ‘at risk of creating inter-generational issues’

“Inter-generational equity issues” are among a number of potential dangers facing pension systems around the world, many of which urgently need action taken now if countries are to avoid risking “the need to take even more drastic action in the future”, according to the latest edition of the Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index.  Of the 30 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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