PA ANALYSIS: EU single market to be ‘fragmented’ by Mifid II

PA ANALYSIS: EU single market to be ‘fragmented’...

Stark differences in regulatory interpretation among the 28 members of the European Union means that far-reaching reforms covering all aspects of the financial markets could end up defying their purpose and result in a “fragmented” single market.

Published : 20, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: The dangers of tracking Japan

PA ANALYSIS: The dangers of tracking Japan

After years in the doldrums Japan's popularity has surged this year, but those taking a passive approach could be missing out on big gains.

Published : 19, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Should fund raters also answer to the CMA?

PA ANALYSIS: Should fund raters also answer to...

After the Financial Conduct Authority's bombshell that it is referring the investment consulting industry to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), should the ratings agencies be concerned that they’re next in the firing line?

Published : 18, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Have hurricanes blown away cat bond credibility?

PA ANALYSIS: Have hurricanes blown away cat bond...

Investors were bracing for the worst when the Swiss Re Cat Bond Index plummeted 15% in the wake of hurricane Irma. But the unprecedented damage caused could actually be a blessing in disguise for the asset class.

Published : 14, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: John Lewis suffers but hope remains for retail

PA ANALYSIS: John Lewis suffers but hope remains...

John Lewis' profits halved over the first six months of the year, but results from Next and Morrisons pointed to glimmers of hope for UK retail.

Published : 14, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Will EU high yield boom survive ECB tapering?

PA ANALYSIS: Will EU high yield boom survive ECB...

European high yield has had a good run so far this year but can that continue as the European Central Bank turns off the quantitative easing (QE) tap?

Published : 13, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Why you should rethink joining ETF boom

PA ANALYSIS: Why you should rethink joining ETF...

Ten years of booming growth pushed global assets under management in high yield bond ETFs past $51bn (£38bn) in 2016, but are the apparent diversifying benefits everything they’re cracked up to be?

Published : 12, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Hidden flaws of a UK home bias

PA ANALYSIS: Hidden flaws of a UK home bias

UK retail investors have often been accused of investing too much in the domestic market, and research published today suggests that by doing so they have missed out on significant gains elsewhere.

Published : 11, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Turning the screw on fund ratings firms

PA ANALYSIS: Turning the screw on fund ratings...

Nearly three months on from the Financial Conduct Authority’s final report on its 'Asset Management Market Study', the screws look set to tighten for one of the sector’s key ancillary businesses.

Published : 8, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Secret struggle of smart beta ETFs

PA ANALYSIS: Secret struggle of smart beta ETFs...

Analysis by Morningstar's Alex Bryan has found many smart beta ETFs do not outperform straightforward index ETFs, raising doubts over the cost-effectiveness and use of the vehicles for investors.

Published : 7, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Hey, fund selectors - where's the value add?

PA ANALYSIS: Hey, fund selectors - where's the...

With several fund selectors opting to publish the track records of their rated funds, what, if anything, can convince the Financial Conduct Authority that research consultants are adding value?

Published : 6, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Why a world of low-returns is here to stay

PA ANALYSIS: Why a world of low-returns is here...

Is 5% all an investor can hope for in returns over the next 10 years? With both investment managers and the regulator singing from the same hymn sheet, it appears this may well be the case.

Published : 5, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Are rock-bottom approval ratings the new populist threat?

PA ANALYSIS: Are rock-bottom approval ratings...

Nuclear war, Brexit and sky-high make-up bills are just some of the issues facing political leaders right now, and while some are patently less worrisome than others, each contribute to one big problem that could ultimately hit financial markets.

Published : 4, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Why cash ISAs have lost their shine

PA ANALYSIS: Why cash ISAs have lost their shine...

Cash ISAs are on the wane while the amount of money pumped into stocks and shares ISAs is growing, but why is this and who is responsible?

Published : 1, Sep 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Is now the time to be flocking into bonds?

PA ANALYSIS: Is now the time to be flocking into...

Investors' love affair with bond funds shows no signs of abating, with recent statistics from FundsNetwork showing the Sterling Corporate Bond sector was the most purchased peer group in July.

Published : 31, Aug 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Are FANG stocks as safe as they seem?

PA ANALYSIS: Are FANG stocks as safe as they seem?...

Despite their dear price tag, the FANG stocks and Apple have had remarkable staying power, surviving a sell-off and reaching record share price highs. But has the relative safety of the tech giants come to an end?

Published : 30, Aug 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Have fund selectors embraced post-crisis Asia?

PA ANALYSIS: Have fund selectors embraced post-crisis...

It has been 20 years since the Asian financial crisis and the memory of the crash lingers on. However, could a more open mind lead to unexpected returns?

Published : 29, Aug 2017
PA ANALYSIS: After a bad week for UK plc, are the bears right?

PA ANALYSIS: After a bad week for UK plc, are...

Following a week of profit warnings and dramatic share price movements from FTSE favourites, are the UK bears right? Is this a sign of more trouble ahead for UK businesses?

Published : 25, Aug 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Merger mania, should fund buyers beware?

PA ANALYSIS: Merger mania, should fund buyers...

To what extent should portfolio advisers be factoring corporate activity into their investment thinking and decisions?

Published : 24, Aug 2017
PA ANALYSIS: Insistent client advice may require two suitability reports

PA ANALYSIS: Insistent client advice may require...

Advisers are mulling the implications of FCA plans to incorporate the term ‘insistent client’ into its handbook guidance. The regulator has outlined what it sees as best practice – a move that could see advisers producing two suitability reports, with a particular focus on pension transfer advice.

Published : 23, Aug 2017

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