JPMAM variable fee leaves room for further economies of scale
JP Morgan Asset Management’s decision to pass on some economies of scale through its operating expense fee is being welcomed as a step in the right direction, but asset managers should be re-examining their annual management charge in order to truly provide value for investors.
Are regional emerging market funds making a comeback?
Emerging market equities is one of the few asset classes where investors are still seeing value, but as the asset class makes a comeback investors have different takes on whether to allocate to regional funds or leave geographical allocation to portfolio managers.
Are Reits trading at discount a value trap?
Wealth managers have moved into the real estate investment trust space as valuations have been depressed amid the uncertainty over Brexit, but is looking at discounts the best way to assess buying opportunities or could investors fall into a value trap?
Funds rebadging as ESG reaches new heights
Asset managers are increasingly repurposing underperforming funds into ESG products to jump on the sustainable investing trend, but an announcement this week from Franklin Templeton Investments has taken the process to new heights as it repositions a global equities fund into a thematic climate change product.
Fund management’s blatantly obvious pay gap problem
The discrepancy between the average pay of male and female asset managers is gaining considerably more traction in 2018. But does the industry care enough about closing the gap? Or is this another box-ticking exercise?
US equity large cap funds preferred but small caps edge ahead
Strong gains in US equity markets over the past year have encouraged investors to target the asset class in 2018, but while most prefer large cap funds it’s the small caps that have generated the better returns.
FCA challenged to name and shame closet tracker firms
The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) action to make asset managers stump up £34m in compensation for “closet trackers” initially seemed like a win for investors, but the regulator has refused to name companies involved, even though one is facing an enforcement investigation.