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  • Chips with everything

    04 January 2016

    Tighter regulation means higher transaction costs. That is the key driver behind rising fintech spend – offset those higher costs with more automation. But is the lack of standardisation across new fintech providers creating problems for the future and where is fintech application going to have the greatest and least effect on costs? By Andrew Maloney

  • Hard hat holdings

    21 December 2015

    Originally focused on risk parity funds Aquila Capital has widened its offering and become a real assets specialist. In a market dominated by fundraisers with enormous financial clout, Aquila is proof that entry into infrastructure assets for smaller fund managers is both possible and profitable. By Sean Keating

  • It’s all in the index

    21 December 2015

    The inclusion of Saudi Arabia in the MSCI Emerging Markets index in 2017 is expected to catalyse an influx of foreign asset managers into the GCC. But while the internationals have yet to make a major play in the region, the locals are starting to look internationally. By Sean Keating

  • Better blockers – but no panacea

    21 December 2015

    Every major bank has a working group looking at blockchain technology. But while a host of applications are expected in 2016, it could be years before there is much traction in complicated industry-wide processes. And the technology is not the panacea to higher costs in all sectors hit by new regulation. By Ceri Jones

  • Big market – small net

    21 December 2015

    Islamic finance has yet to make the transition from niche product for muslim investors to mainstream product for all. The extra cost of sharia compliance and the lack of liquid product continue to keep Islamic investor solutions tied to that niche. But a competitive sharia-compliant model for non-Muslim investors is not an impossibility. By Paul Golden

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