Environmental investing is suffering an identity crisis
More than £1bn of retail money flowed into ethical funds in 2017, representing the highest annual level of sales for this type of fund ever, but the sector’s progression is stifled by an identity crisis.
What fortune will the Year of the Dog bring China?
Friday 16 February marks the Chinese New Year, with 2018 welcoming the Year of the Dog. However, while the dog is associated with honesty, faithfulness, and a strong sense of responsibility in the Chinese zodiac, investors will be hoping for a repeat of 2017 – the Year of the Rooster – which saw the MSCI China Index return nearly 55%.
Capita shares plummet 40% amid fears of second Carillion
Shares in Capita dropped sharply on Wednesday after the tormented outsourcing firm announced a rights issue and that it had suspended its dividend.
Copia Capital Management adds factor-enhanced portfolios
Copia Capital Management has launched its Select Plus range of managed portfolios, which are constructed using a blend of ETFs and factor-based funds from US-based investment firm Dimensional Fund Advisors.
Craving for ETFs boosts European appetite for equity funds
European investors increased their risk appetite in 2017, recording high inflows into pure equity funds compared to outflows in the previous year, helped by a big rush into passive equity funds, according to a Thompson Reuters Lipper report.
Woodford, Rathbones and Trojan disappoint in FE ratings
Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income fund was downgraded by data-provider FE Trustnet in its latest rebalance from five crowns to just one, six months after receiving the debut accolade.
Active equity fund flows spike in 2017 after negative 2016
European active equity funds saw a turnaround in net flows during 2017, enjoying a rise of €135.8bn in net new money to €62.7bn, after suffering an outflow of €73.1bn in 2016, according to Morningstar data.
Hidden fees leave more questions than answers
While the transaction costs uncovered by Mifid II and spotlighted by the Lang Cat’s analysis on 20 of the most influential UK retail funds have revealed the industry’s lack of transparency, they have also generated more questions without obvious answers.