Articles by Sam Shaw

An interview with Simon Ellis, HSBC Global Asset Management

By Sam Shaw on April 24, 2019
HSBC-interview

Kurtosys met with Simon Ellis, global head of client segments at HSBC Global Asset Management to hear his views on the two biggest (and most obvious) untapped client markets, where he thinks the regulator’s direction of…

Big brands vs granular communications: Schroders’ Scott McKay

By Sam Shaw on March 6, 2019
Big-brand-Schroders

Kurtosys spoke to Schroders’ head of UK marketing Scott McKay about how integrity, focus and mutual respect are factors in achieving success, the complementary roles of big brand work through to the most granular communications and…

Next-generation technology, investors and partnerships with AXA IM

By Sam Shaw on January 31, 2019
Tech-partnerships

Kurtosys spoke recently with Rob Bailey, head of wholesale distribution at AXA Investment Managers about the group’s long-term focus, the omnipresence of technology and capturing the interest of the next generation of investors. The role of…

Regulation, Fee Pressure, Political Noise: CIO Perspectives from Psigma

By Sam Shaw on January 7, 2019
Psigma-obstacles

As the investment community increasingly turns its hand to producing content, is it always being read by the right eyes, or is it purely for firms’ sales and marketing functions? Kurtosys recently met with Psigma Investment…

Thoughts from Miton on Content, Technology & Fund Factsheets

By Sam Shaw on December 6, 2018
Miton-FI

Miton has been through several years of evolution including the disposal of a sister firm, the acquisition of Darwin to bolster its multi-asset offering, seven fund launches in as many years, while coping with several senior…

BlackRock’s Michael Gruener on Thematic Investing, Active-vs-Passive & Embracing Tech

By Sam Shaw on November 20, 2018
BlackRock-data-megatrends

BlackRock head of EMEA retail Michael Gruener believes the ‘active-vs-passive’ debate is now outdated, with both approaches deserving their place in investment portfolios. Speaking to Kurtosys, he foresees the proliferation of thematic investing, describes how embracing…

Keeping culture amid acquisitions: an interview with Liontrust’s John Ions

By Sam Shaw on October 24, 2018
Company-Culture-Liontrust

Liontrust chief executive John Ions has overseen the group’s expansion from a £1bn boutique to a sizeable player in the asset management space, currently standing at just over £12bn AUM. He tells Kurtosys how his company’s…

BMO Marketing Perspectives: Opportunity through consolidation

By Sam Shaw on September 18, 2018
BMO-interview-city

After Bank of Montreal’s fund management arm acquired F&C Investments in 2014, the investment community has kept a keen eye on the phased rebrand and waited to see what it could expect from BMO Global Asset…

Asset managers need to embrace change and innovation to survive

By Sam Shaw on July 30, 2018
Innovate-Deloitte-redo

Luxembourg-based François-Kim Hugé is a partner at Deloitte, running fund registration services. In a recent interview with Kurtosys, he empathises with the conflicting pressures facing asset managers in order to remain competitive, scrutinises the role of…

‘No company without technology’: Jupiter’s Paul Kay on data science

By Sam Shaw on June 27, 2018
Data-Science-Jupiter

Paul Kay, Jupiter’s head of technology, reveals some lessons from his previous roles in the banking sector, lays out his ambitions for improving the group’s capabilities in data science and admits his bias in believing technology…

Life after the merger: Aberdeen Standard Investments [interview]

By Sam Shaw on May 22, 2018
M&A-Puzzle

Not quite a year since the completion of one of the asset management industry’s highest-profile mergers, Kurtosys felt it was time to meet up with Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Director of Operations, Mike Tumilty. Here he discusses…

CMO Interview: Honing a global asset management brand

By Sam Shaw on May 1, 2018
Anne-Marie McConnon

Kurtosys recently spoke with BNY Mellon Investment Management’s (BNY Mellon IM) Anne-Marie McConnon, Chief Marketing Officer, about her recent efforts to hone the group’s multi-faceted brand, the industry’s collective need to be more consumer-focused and the…