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Vin Bhattacharjee, SSGA

Tactical plays boost ETF inflows

Wealth managers are increasingly turning to passively managed portfolios as part of their offering to clients, with ETFs at the core. Ceri Jones reports.

Sandro Naef, Capital Four

High yield remains attractive in low return environment

Flows into high yield bonds remain steady as the asset class continues to appeal to investors attracted by improved corporate fundamentals and the promise of low default rates. Ceri Jones reports.

Aniruddha Joshi, Hirco

Real potential in Indian construction

With huge demand for new housing in India there are plenty of opportunities for those looking to invest in real estate, writes Yuri Bender.

Philip Philippedes, iShares

ETF flexibility put to a multitude of uses

The simplicity and efficiency of exchange traded funds have seen even committed active managers start to utilise them for a range of different purposes, but they are not without their limitations. Ceri Jones reports.

Stéphane Wathier, Société Générale

A more sophisticated approach to meet multiple objectives

The worse than expected performance of core satellite strategies over recent years has seen the model lose credibility with private clients. Wealth managers are now responding with a range of measures aimed at improving portfolio construction. Ceri Jones reports.

Location paramount to achieving returns

A region’s economic fundamentals are key when investing in property, a lesson learnt by those with exposure to the asset class who have suffered heavy losses in recent years, writes Elisa Trovato.

Matt Ryan, MFS

Developing country debt vehicles entice private investors

Flows into emerging market debt have been steadily increasing,writes Ceri Jones, with institutional investors in particular attracted by strong economic fundamentals and the reduced levels of volatility that bonds offer over equities.

Dr Magne Orgland, Wegelin & Co

Flexible solutions in asset allocation

Multi-asset funds that combine risk diversification with a total return approach are finding their way into client portfolios, although private banks view them with some scepticism, writes Elisa Trovato.

Eli Koen, Union Bancaire Privée

Resurgent Turkey broadens horizons

The Turkish economy has shrugged off the effects of the downturn, with the banking sector leading the recovery. However both the government and Turkish companies are increasingly looking eastwards rather than towards Europe as they have in the past. Elliot Smither reports.

Richard Davis, BlackRock

Agriculture provides food for thought

A rising global population, increased wealth in the developing world and the growing biofuels industry all demand increased agricultural output, which a number of new funds are looking to target, writes Elliot Smither.

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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