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Editor’s View

What goes up must come down – eventually. Europe's fund industry has been on an extraordinary run of annual net inflows since 2011, with 2017 the best year yet. But could gravity reassert itself next year? It's impossible to know for sure, but the markets' bull-run of the …

Market Focus

Risk remains on ahead of ECB tapering

October's market trends and investor sentiment seem to have stemmed from central-bank manoeuvres rather than the myriad geopolitical dramas at play. Indeed, risk aversion was not particularly evident in Italian fund-investment patterns this month. This was particularly true of mixed assets and equities, the two asset classes attracting …

Distributor commentary
“I think that the low-interest-rate environment will have an effect in this regard, in that it should lead to the launch of products that suit the requirements a of such a scenario. Other factors that could come into play would be the carrying out of structural reforms in countries - Greece, for example - where such measures have yet to be effected, and the removal of political risk as a threat to market stability over the next few years. ”
Drivers of change: Spain, Funds of funds management

Net sales history of active long-term funds (€m)

Infographic of the month: September

See our snapshot of this month's activity