Articles tagged: Product development
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    FUND FOCUS: Nordea 1 – European Covered Bond Fund

    What would you give for an actively managed bond fund that was at the low risk end of the spectrum and had beaten its benchmark in each of the last six years? Nordea does not have to look far to answer this question: it has one such product in its stable and, unsurprisingly, the Nordea European Covered Bond fund is …
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    Austria

    Considering the popularity of sustainable products in Austria, it is not surprising that Gutmann should choose this theme for its latest product launch. The Gutmann Corporate Bond Nachhaltigkeitsfonds, launched in September, will invest internationally in the bonds of companies with environmentally friendly and socially acceptable policies. Debt issuers who act irresponsibly towards society or the environment, who disregard basic rights …
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    France

    After the long summer break, it’s back to school as French distributors and asset managers launch a variety of products to attract investment. As a result, the number of new fund launches in France spiked to 24 in September, well above the usual average of 10-15. The most popular funds this month were Edmond de Rothschild’s CA Edram Opportunités asset …
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    Germany

    Fund launch activity picked up in Q3 when a total of 52 new funds combined for sales of €1.3bn. In September, nineteen new funds were brought to the market, registering new subscriptions worth €430m. Interestingly, fund of funds dominated the product mix with seven funds from this category. Equity, bonds and mixed assets were all represented with four new …
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    Italy

    September confirmed the most prolific product development area in 2019 was target maturity solutions, with 12 new launches (both bond and mixed asset). This year, 208 new long-term funds were launched, gathering assets of over €28bn. The bulk was captured by 109 funds with a predefined date horizon, in the mixed asset and bond target maturity sectors, attracting net flows …
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    Spain

    Domestic launch activity continued in the muted summer mode of the preceding month, with just six new offerings appearing in September, according to Broadridge GMI. These products, with a market bias towards mixed asset portfolios, came from five firms, four of which were, in domestic fund asset terms at least, relatively small asset managers. This latest batch of new funds …
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    Sweden

    Despite booming stock markets – at the end of September the Stockholm index was up by 19.3% on a year-to-date basis and trumpeting record-breaking AUM – around 70 funds have disappeared from the Swedish funds industry in the past year, according to a review by DI and Morningstar (DI 29 October 2019). The review reports that in the past 12 …
  • November 2019Opinions & Features

    Switzerland

    By September the Swiss domestic market had registered 69 fund launches for the year to date. The bulk of launches – around 45% – came from the equity space, with these funds generating net sales of €5.1bn, or about two thirds of the 2019 launch total. Mixed funds followed in terms of launch numbers, with 19 new products, but these …