A busy week for central banks
A big week for macroeconomic announcements has already seen a drop in UK inflation and ongoing Brexit transition talks, while a monetary policy decision from central banks both sides of the Atlantic is coming on Wednesday and Thursday, but what does it mean for markets?
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?
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.