from Funds Hub:
It is early days at the Reuters fund summit in Luxembourg, but already a few themes are building. For one thing, no one seems to be too negative about the investment climate.
For the most part, however, the attendees are focused on how the industry will recuperate from the battering it has suffered during the financial crisis. Again, there appears to be a degree of optimism. Most of the talk is about UCITS IV, which is fundspeak for a new kind of pan-European fund that is easier to distribute.
Essentially, it a) allows fund managers to register a fund in one place and have it listed across Europe and b) allows for smaller, local funds to be fed into it.
from Summit Notebook:
By Neil Chatterjee
The U.S. has promised it will hunt down tax evaders.
And it seems tax evaders are on the run.
DBS bank, based in the growing offshore financial centre of
Singapore, told Reuters it had been approached by U.S. citizens
asking for its private banking services. But when told they would
have to sign U.S. tax declaration forms, the potential clients
Swiss banks also approached DBS on the hope they could
offload troublesome U.S. clients to a location that so far has
not been reached by the strong arms of Washington or Brussels.
DBS said no thanks. In fact many private banks and boutique
advisors now seem to be avoiding U.S. clients.
Will this spread to other nationalities, as governments
invest in tax spies and tax havens invest in white paint?
Is this the end of offshore private private banking?
The mood in the asset management industry is ”very cautious, very realistic but not pessimistic” after the financial industry’s “Chernobyl” of Lehman Brothers collapse, according to Europe’s fund industry chief.
Peter De Proft, director general of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) told the Reuters Funds Summit, that the mood was now more optimistic. At least, certainly more so than 4-5 months ago.
Lehman Brothers, though, was Chernobyl. ”Boom, it was the atomic bomb,” De Proft said, adding that many in the financial industry, including asset managers, appeared “shell-shocked” at the time.
Even though the former Nasdaq chairman is under arrest thousands of miles away from this discreet financial centre nestled between Belgium, France and Germany, his presence was omnipresent. Fund managers just can’t stop mentioning him.
One example: “The hedge fund bubble has popped. The market bubble has popped, and to put a cherry on the top you had the Madoff probe in December,” said Ken Kinsley-Quick from hedge fund Thames River Capital.