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Spotlight Series: Anne Richards, CIO, Aberdeen Asset Management at FundForum International 2010

July 26, 2020

Anne Richards, CIO, ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT participated in a panel debate on new asset allocation models for fund selectors at FundForum International 2010 with fellow CIO panellists Rick Lacaille, STATE STREET GLOBAL ADVISORS and  Christian Dargnat, BNP PARIBAS INVESTMENT PARTNERS and moderated by  Amin Rajan, CEO, CREATE-RESEARCH.

In an interview for the Spotlight Series, Anne discussed the double-edged sword that is volatility.  Government bonds have responded well but the Equities Market, with renewed fears about Greece, has experienced more difficulties.  Even in this market, there is more optimism (however cautious) than 12 months ago.

The real growth opportunities can be seen in Asia and Emerging Market economies where the fiscal situation is much better than most of the domestic markets.  Interest is growing in both Emerging Market Debt and Asian Fixed Income.

For the end investor, the key challenge is to responsibly inform them so they understand that volatility is a feature of all investment.  If they have chosen the correct strategy, a little volatility shouldn’t be an issue.  We must avoid the knee-jerk reactions of Q4 2008 (after Lehman’s), when investors panicked, sold out at the bottom of the market and then couldn’t benefit from market improvements in 2009.

A complete round up of news and views from FundForum International 2010

July 6, 2020

FundForum International is the “must attend” annual asset management conference.  The 2010 event continued that tradition, 20 years in the making.    On behalf of our co-sponsors, CACEIS & KPMG, we would like to thank all the delegates and speakers and look forward to bringing you an even more energised event in 2011.

In addition to the coverage of the event by Beverly Chandler,  we’ve gathered the leading articles and commentary from the business news websites to give you a comprehensive review of this years hugely successful event.

We have captured a series of video interviews with some of the industry leaders which will be posted on this site over the coming weeks.   To make sure you don’t miss out, either add the RSS feed to your reader or sign up for email alerts.

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A Twitter Overview:

reutersClaireM: IBM’s Suzanne Duncan stirred up the Forum with research that showed the trust gap between providers and investors has worsened this year

reutersClaireM‎: Marshall says doesn’t regret not gating in crisis although assets collapsed. Believes hedge fund industry did itself no favours by gating

Dumes618Fund Forum Exclusive: AEGON appoints Citi as Fund Administration Service Provider to a new Global Macro Absolute Return Fund

reutersClaireM‎: Broderick says as Europe transfers burden of retirement provision to private sector, it will expect costs to fall.

JenLoewiAdams‎: Regulator Eddy Wymeersch says not often that he gets to talk face to face with the industry, so thumbs up FundForum#ffi10

reutersClaireM‎: Faber believes prospects for active mngt are good and a lot of passive strategies will face limitations in volatile low growth world


Fund Fees and self-loathing in Monaco - Financial News

The number of attendees rose this year by a fifth compared with last year. More than 70 companies had stands at the Grimaldi events centre, located on the Monaco beachfront, including KPMG, JP Morgan and Citigroup.

Each morning delegates attended lectures and panel sessions featuring leading industry figures such as Jamie Broderick, chief executive in Europe for JP Morgan, Todd Ruppert of T Rowe Price and Jim McCaughan of Principal Global Investors…. more here

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Chiefs told to concentrate on clients - Financial News

The first step in solving any problem is to admit you have one. Amid the yachts, Ferraris and champagne receptions, delegates at the annual Fund Forum conference in Monaco did precisely that.

The tone of the conference was set at the start by speaker, Jamie Broderick, chief executive of JP Morgan Asset Management in Europe.  He said the asset management industry needed to focus more on clients, and those who did not would be left behind.  Investors were concerned about three issues, he said: high fees, an obsession with creating products rather than finding solutions, and a lack of clarity about what was really going on with their money…. more here

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The full round up by Claire Milhench of Reuters can be viewed here.  We’ve put some of the key topics from her review below.

Marshall not so gaga for Osbourne - Reuters

Lord Myners played a cheeky game of bull and bear with Paul Marshall, the co-founder of hedge fund company Marshall Wace, at the close of his Q&A session at the Fund Forum in Monaco this morning… more here

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Doubts grow over fund firms’ Asia dash - Reuters

Asset managers are ramping up their presence in Asia to tap the cash of the growing middle class but some industry managers are warning that the quick bucks these funds are chasing may be elusive.  Establishing an identity and building distribution networks takes time. Regulatory bottlenecks and a stubborn attachment to traditional bank savings will also act as a brake on business.

“Asia will continue to hog the limelight as a source of new assets but it won’t be the next gold rush,” Amin Rajan, chief executive of consultancy Create, said at the Fund Forum in Monaco…. more here

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Allianz plans to boost PIMCO with new hires - Reuters

Allianz Global Investors, the funds arm of German insurer Allianz (ALVG.DE), plans to add about 100 staff this year, with bond manager PIMCO the biggest beneficiary as investor appetite for fixed income products continues.  AGI Chief Executive Joachim Faber said the head count had increased across the entire group by 100 people last year and he expected to repeat that this year.

“The PIMCO business is growing very strongly so it has had the most people added,” said Faber in an interview on the sideline of the annual Fund Forum in Monaco… more here

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Fund Managers under pressure to rebuild trust - Reuters

Fund managers have failed to rebuild relationships with investors that soured when the global financial crisis left them nursing billions in losses, leaving their clients even more disgruntled.

Trust between fund managers and their clients has continued to deteriorate two years on from the crisis, a survey by research organisation IBM Institute for Business Value showed, and managers at the Fund Forum in Monaco said the industry faces an uphill task to restore clients’ confidence. “We’d be kidding ourselves if we thought that our institutional or our retail clients thought we (as an industry) did a good job in the downturn. We need to be more transparent and keep products simple,” Martin Gilbert, chief executive of Aberdeen Asset Management (ADN.L) said. … more here

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Reprieved fund firms face up to failings - Reuters

Fund managers meeting in Monaco this week for their annual summit may have been given a reprieve by last year’s stock market rally but it helped to paper over the fundamental cracks identified at the 2009 conference.

Industry bigwigs such as Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management (ADN.L) and John Flint of HSBC Asset Management (HSBA.L) will debate the best business models for these turbulent times, with managers who fail to reposition their businesses likely to find themselves in difficulty.  The 2010 Fund Forum conference, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, comes at a time when the sovereign debt crisis has triggered another bout of volatility and investors are showing a reluctance to load up on equities… more here

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Fund firms see second wave of M&A - Reuters

The asset management industry is poised for a fresh round of consolidation as economies teeter on the edge of a fresh slowdown, leaving weaker operators rescued by the 2009 rally looking vulnerable all over again.

Delegates to the industry’s annual Fund Forum in Monaco are expecting further M&A, with smaller firms struggling under the weight of new regulations before being picked off by larger rivals, while continuing financial turmoil is expected to put more balance sheets under pressure…. more here

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Call for greater transparency on EFTs - Financial Times.

Greater calls for transparency have dominated talks at this year’s Fund Forum. Several chief executives say the market needs to make an effort to restore more here

Fund managers told to embrace new rules - Financial Times

Fund managers attending last week’s Fund Forum in Monaco were told to embrace new regulations rather than fear them. more here

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Nordic Fund Selectors panel at FundForum International - FundSelection

Successful panel with Nordic fund selectors The room was packed when I moderated a panel with fund selectors from the Nordic region at the FundForum in Monaco this week. It was an honest discussion and the public was very pleased with the openness of the selectors… more here

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Paul Marshall offers caution on UCITS - WSJ

A founder of one of the U.K.’s largest hedge funds has warned that investors may be “disappointed” in the more heavily regulatedUCITS funds, which have increased in popularity since the financial crisis… more here

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Fund managers gathered here perhaps got a little indigestion along with their breakfast at the first address of the day - MarketWatch

The managing director of Cerulli Associates got things off to a rousing start with a prediction that global funds under management this year are unlikely to repeat the not-so-spectacular growth from last year — a 16.2% gain. But there was even more gloom tinged in that. Shiv Taneja, addressing a crowded room of early-rising managers said that gain from 2009 came wholeheartedly from a recovery in markets… more here

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Double Dip? Better Be Nimble And Quick - MarketWatch (video)

Invesco portfolio manager Bernard Aybran talks about the dangers of a double dip recession for global economies and keeping a portfolio protected… more here

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Keeping the customer happy and the money flowing - MarketWatch

Tall orders, but those seem to be the general themes for this week’s Fund Forum International, which will gather over a 1,000 asset allocators and 35 chief executives in the small sovereign city-state surrounded by France, known best for its status as a tax haven and refuge for wealthy foreigners.

Whereas last year gathered a group of shell-shocked asset managers who were looking for day-to-day strategies for survival, this year, managers and CEOs will be looking for ideas on how to create sustainable, long-term gains at a time when markets are volatile and investors still haven’t had their faith in managers fully restored… more here

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EFAMA leads the asset management industry in a call for pan-European long-term savings product in closed door session at FundForum International 2010

July 2, 2020


Jean Baptiste de Franssu, President, EFAMA speaking at FundForum International 2010

Eddy Wymeersch, Chairman, CESR at FundForum International 2010

In an intense and wide ranging meeting which included those representing the regulatory view, the investment industry and investor representatives today, five key issues were debated in the new closed door session at FundForum International 2010.

The panel, moderated by Tom Brown, Partner at KPMG, consisted of Eddy Wymeersch, Chairman of CESR; Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, President of EFAMA; Consumer advocates Mick McAteer and Guillaume Prache; Marc Garvin, Chairman International Business, Treasury and Securities Services of JPMorgan as well as the members of the EFAMA President Advisory Council: Juan Alcaraz, CEO of Allfunds Bank and Santander Asset Management; Dominique Carrel-Billiard, CEO of AXA Investment Managers; Alain Dromer, CEO of Aviva Investors; Roderick Munsters, CEO of ROBECO, Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management; Allan Polack, CEO of Nordea Savings and Asset Management; Peter De Proft, Director General of EFAMA and Claude Kremer, Vice-President of EFAMA.

First up on the agenda was the issue of long term savings and distribution in particular on the back of the report entitled Revisiting the landscape of European long-terms savings published by EFAMA at the beginning of the year.

The attendees were supportive of creating a pan-European long-term savings product which will meet the needs of the ageing population of Europe, one of the greatest challenges facing Europe today. It is the European asset management industry’s aim to provide a solution to this problem. European consumers need a product that is simple, cost effective and transparent to encourage long term savings which the investment management industry can provide. Effective distribution and advice on savings products across Europe are major challenges, from a regulatory, supervisory and commercial standpoint.

The second issue under debate was shareholder engagement, both in terms of activism and stewardship. Asset managers need to go beyond a short termist approach and engage in a long term dialogue with the companies in which they invest. The group acknowledged that it is essential to find the right balance between their fiduciary duties to their investors and their role as investors in a company, and to find proper mechanisms for effective engagement.

The third item on the agenda was the evolving supervisory framework in the EU and how it will impact on the asset management industry. ESMA, one of the three new authorities will be an independent body not comparable to the SEC, operating as a co-ordinating rather than guiding force. The aim is that will ultimately lead to a more harmonised approach in regulation across Europe.

Turning to the issue of new regulation for depositaries, the industry representatives said that the existing global custody model has served the industry and investors well but there is a legitimate argument for strengthening investor protection. The industry representatives on the panel felt that new regulation should not lead to an overhaul of a well established body of practices.

The session concluded with a look at the growing fund group of ETFs. Panellists discussed how the characteristics of these funds have an impact on existing distribution models.

Drivers for sustainable growth

June 29, 2020

Martin Gilbert, CEO, Aberdeen Asset Management speaking at FundForum International 2010

A lively panel debated which credible business models will deliver sustainable growth in the asset management industry going forward. First thoughts were on the question of ownership with Martin Gilbert of Aberdeen Asset Management, unsurprisingly, espousing the joys of independence. “Banks will struggle owning their own manufacturing” he said. For the owned sector, John Flint of HSBC pointed out that banks working as intermediaries have to be very careful with their own brand.

Alain Grisay, CEO, F&C Investments speaking at FundForum International 2010

For Alain Grisay, chief executive of F & C which has been through a number of what he charmingly described as ‘blessings’ of different ownership, being independent for the first time for one whole year ‘feels great’.

A live audience poll asking what the best parentage for a fund management firm should be found that half the audience believed that independent and public was the best route going forward, while 25 per cent liked private partnership and 11 per cent preferred a boutique arrangement.

Another audience poll focussed on what the biggest driver for growth in assets under management could be going forward. To this question, 38 per cent of the audience believed Asia was the unstoppable force while 35 per cent looked for an upturn in markets and 24 per cent believed macro economic forces would return us to growth.

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