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Nicolas Gaussel, Lyxor

Human input vital for adapting quant models to changing markets

Quantitative investment strategies require sound financial judgement if they are to be successful in changing market environments

‘Quality strategies’ the smarter way to make excess returns from global equity

Competing theories come to the fore as quantitative models put under the microscope

Finding a strategy to access Asian explosion

An army of stockpickers is descending on Asia’s financial centres looking to profit from the region’s rapid growth. But what are the countries to look at, and which sectors deserve the most attention? Yuri Bender reports

Malaysian firms attractive bet for foreign investors

Andy Brown, Aberdeen Asset Management

Is the bubble set to burst?

Emerging market equities have enjoyed stellar growth in recent times, but with problems such as rising inflation on the horizon, opinion is divided about whether this growth is set to continue. Ceri Jones reports

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New launches signal a revival of fortunes

Investors are returning to hedge funds, with both Ucits III regulated funds and managed accounts attracting inflows, but the consolidation of the market into fewer hands is continuing

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Seeking new investment frontiers

While emerging markets have displayed strong recoveries and record inflows since the financial crisis, frontier markets have not enjoyed such a rally yet. Today these smaller economies represent attractive buying opportunities, especially for the long-term, although they also carry plenty of risk. Elisa Trovato reports.

Laurent Reiss, UBP

The trade-off between higher returns and greater liquidity

The growing number of funds of hedge funds on Ucits platforms is in response to calls for greater transparency, liquidity and regulation, but their performance may disappoint some investors, writes Elisa Trovato.

Andreas König, Pioneer Investments

Putting the currency wars in perspective

The strength of currencies has become a source of tension between some of the world’s biggest economies, especially the US and China, writes Elliot Smither. But how worried should private investors be?

THE GREAT DEBATE: CRYPTOCURRENCIES IN THE BALANCE

Anders Kvamme Jensen, founder of the AKJ global brokerage and digital asset specialist, goes head to head with Max Thowless-Reeves, chief investment officer of Sorbus Partners private office, discussing technology, tokens and tradable electronic currencies, in a debate refereed by PWM's Yuri Bender.

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