Recent articles by: Chris Chancellor, CFA
  • June 2018Opinions & Features

    Tapping into new seams

    Despite a general slowdown in industry flows, the product-launch pipeline continues to yield a bountiful stream of new funds to tempt investors. In April more than 140 new products came to market. Equity was the most prolific launch area but, in line with the recent norm, bonds raised the most money. However, there was no blockbuster launch this month, with …
  • June 2018Opinions & Features

    GROUP PROFILE: Natixis

    Natixis, Europe's most successful multi-boutique operation, has been quietly creeping up the leaderboards over the past 12 months, warranting a closer look at its business model and the drivers of its success. Natixis currently ranks fifth in the sales league table for the year to date and is hovering just outside the top 20 in this year's Fund Brand 50 …
  • June 2018Opinions & Features

    Natixis makes waves

    It's been a challenging year for asset managers and none more so than those that collected the largest inflows in 2017. An inevitable feature of the investment-fund business model is that whatever money comes in will eventually go out, and those groups that were the clear winners in one market cycle will be the losers in the next. This certainly …
  • May 2018Opinions & Features

    Under pressure

    2018 has got off to a peculiar start: a month of euphoria followed by a slump in demand. In theory, the long-term focus of product developers should render them immune to concern about this change in direction. In reality, they don't live in a bubble, and will need to consider how their fund ranges will cope should sentiment take on …
  • May 2018Opinions & Features

    Rising stars displace incumbents

    The competitor world turned turtle in March with most of the established incumbents of the leader board conspicuous by their absence. Of Europe's largest 10 groups, only one, Schroders, made it into the top-ten sales table. Natixis took the leader's crown from BlackRock, sending the global giant into the depths of the rankings. In an unusual turn of events, it …
  • April 2018Opinions & Features

    Rocking royalty from the rankings

    The profile of the February leader board looked very different from January. Gone was PIMCO from its premier role, and gone were many of the other active managers that have been riding the recent wave of demand. But amidst this rotation Europe's giant, BlackRock, stood firm, refusing to hand its leadership crown to any rising rivals. The new pecking order …
  • April 2018Opinions & Features

    Responsible investment heating up

    February formed the stage for 128 fund launches in Europe, though closures and mergers continued to drive a gentle net reduction in the region's overall product range (down by just four funds so far this year). Of these new funds, 11 had some kind of sustainable credential in their name, up from seven in January. Among those were bond, equity, …
  • March 2018Opinions & Features

    Group profile: Investec Asset Management

    Not many companies are able to claim an accolade from a world leader on their website. Investec's boast is not from any old world leader but a glowing quote from Nelson Mandela. Of course, its origins are South African – the clue is in its distinctive use of the iconic zebra in all its literature and advertising. The wider group …