Articles tagged: Product development
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    Austria

    Reflecting local market trends, in July Austrian managers continued to add to investors' area of choice: mixed asset funds. Five new mixed products were launched, four for retail investors and one for the institutional market. Three of the retail funds were from Raiffeisen and its subsidiary Kepler. The group added a third product to its Portfolio range (Raiffeisen-Portfolio-Growth), as well …
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    France

    July and August are usually quiet months for France in terms of product development, but there were 14 new funds this month, which together raised capital of €279m. The uncertain outlook, rising volatility and growing risk aversion among French investors (retail and institutional) was evident in the funds that came to market.
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    Germany

    Thirteen new funds appeared on the market in July, combining for new subscriptions of €166m. Among the new appearances was the latest version of DWS's FlexPension range of funds. Despite this launch, these funds, which are frequently incorporated in pension provision strategies, are set to be taken off the market in November. DWS management has decided that these guaranteed funds …
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    Italy

    In July 24 new funds were launched, raising €2.1bn with the bulk (€1.6bn) concentrated in 14 mixed asset products. It seems that the local industry preferred to play it safe on the mixed asset front, limiting launches to popular retail products, namely target maturity funds, which made up 13 of the 14 new products in this asset class. These solutions …
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    Spain

    After June’s spate of new offerings, the pace of launch activity eased slightly this month but was still brisk, with 20 new portfolios introduced in July from eight different groups. Nine new third-party funds of funds dominated the product mix of the new crop, alongside a quartet of mixed-asset products, and an assortment of bond (3 funds), equity (2) and …
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    Sweden

    Launch rates have slowed down considerably in Sweden following new rules that eliminate PPM as an easy route to market. The net sales figure for new offerings looks more promising, with inflows of €1.6bn this year. However, when scratching beneath the surface, the bulk of net sales (€1.2bn) went into a single sustainable corporate bond fund, launched by SEB in …
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    Switzerland

    While investors have stubbornly fixed their sights on bond funds this year, funds managers in the local Swiss market seem to have been trying to shift the debate toward riskier products. The first half of the year was defined by intensive product development in the equity space, bringing the total number of launches here to 22 by July. New bond …
  • September 2019Opinions & Features

    UK

    Despite the industry’s dismal sales this year, there were a bumper 22 new fund launches in July, of which 14 were funds of funds. Eight of the products had sustainable investment objectives, some aimed at retail investors and others at institutions. Half of the launches were from smaller providers backed by ACDs.