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Leader: Time for safety to take a back seat?

With a frustrating lack of clarity spooking markets, many investors and asset managers can be forgiven for taking the safe option and heading for cover in 2012.

Solutions to the eurozone crisis are no closer to being found and investors appear to be at the mercy of politicians. In a nutshell, many sovereign nations face huge challenges in an environment where growth is drying up.

With investors favouring safe havens such as government bonds in the likes of the US and the UK, yields have been driven to low levels.

In our cover feature, Cherry Reynard looks at the approach that multi-managers and multi-asset managers should take in this environment and asks whether it is time to take on more risk in portfolios as the valuation gap between safe and risky assets becomes too great to ignore.

Investec managing director of UK client group David Aird tells us why the traditional fund of funds model may die as cost pressures hit hard in the wake of RDR.

Baring Asset Management head of marketing and communications Ian Pascal explains how a multi-asset structure can help protect investors who are uneasy about tapping into the emerging markets story.

Charles Stanley Direct head of investment research Ben Yearsley talks us through what multi-asset funds need to do to raise their own profile among investors, while Aberdeen Asset Management co-head of multi-manager funds Aidan Kearney explains why investors must be careful of short-term trading.

We also look at some of the boutique offerings in the multi-asset space and how they are approaching a difficult market for investors.

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US managers say presidential election will hit healthcare sector

US fund managers say a Republican victory in next week’s US presidential elections will hit the healthcare sector. The US will go to the polls on 6 November. President Obama and Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney are currently battling it out in the polls. Obama has put forward new healthcare legislation that aims to lower […]

Standard Life Inv GARs assets rise 46% in 2012

Assets in Standard Life Investments’ Global Absolute Return Strategies have risen by 46 per cent in 2012 to stand at over £19bn. The offering, which has become hugely popular in the IFA space, is up from £13bn at the end of 2011. The GARs range comprises numerous different investment strategies. In addition to the £13bn […]

Sector focus: The UK All Companies funds meeting the economic challenge

Despite ongoing economic difficulties and a challenging market background, a similar list of funds continues to dominate performance tables for the UK All Companies sector. Slater Growth remains the peer group’s standout performer over three and five years to mid-October, although its numbers have dropped off in 2012 as risk aversion has spiked once again. […]

MEPs vote against Europe-wide commission ban

The European Parliament has voted against a Europe-wide ban on adviser commission under Mifid II. Last week, MEPs approved a ban on commission for independent financial advisers but opted only for more transparency for other advisers. There were fears a decision not to ban commission at EU level could scupper the UK’s RDR plans, but […]


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