Editor’s Top Picks From 2014

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By Jenny Adams, Editor In Chief, FundForum InternationalJen Pic 1

jadams@icbi.co.uk @JenLoewiAdams @FundForum


What a buzz. With over 1200 delegates from over 45 countries,  240 top tier speakers, over 150 different sessions and facilitated engaged  conversation pieces, a new style agenda, more  tweets, more social media coverage and more participation than ever, FundForum just felt great.

So what happened at FundForum International 2014?  Choose from my top picks as recorded by our media teams and on the ground tweetmasters and reporters:

  1.     Watch Video Of Summits Day Round Up
  2.     Main Conference Day 1 Round Up
  3.     Main Conference Day 2 Round Up
  4.     Main Conference Day 3 – Think Like Amazon Workshop – Round-Up Below

How to engage the next generation of customers? We asked you to think big and imagine what would  your business look like if Amazon or Google bought it? Would your job still exist? How would they  transform your business, your products, your functions?

Led by Kenn Cukier,  Data Editor, “The Economist”, co-author of NYT bestseller “Big Data”  over 150  CEOs and business heads learnt the reality of the scale of disruption facing every industry sector.  With  head of the curve innovators as Furio Pietribiasi, CEO, Mediolanum; Nick Ring, Head of Distribution,  Threadneedle,  William ( Bill) Wrest, Head of Business Innovation for Non Bank Financial Institution ,  Barclays Corporate Banking, Mattijhs Ahler, OHPEN and Sebastian Dovey, Managing Partner, Scorpio  Partnership, they looked at what this meant for financial services.

Secondly in highly energised and engaged  second phase they worked through facilitated small group  sessions examining future boardroom, marketing, distribution & product development strategy that  would ensure the sustainability of  their businesses.

Here’s what it looked like:


5. ‘Reality Check’ Tweets - follow these key ‘reality check points’ for the industry through my pick of the best Tweets at FundForum International below!


























Urgent Themes for 2015

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By Jenny Adams, Editor In Chief, FundForum International jadams@icbi.co.uk @JenLoewiAdams @FundForum Industry Leaders Post-Event Action Plan Follow up from 2014: Urgent Themes for 2015 We asked 25 leading CEOs, CIOs and Fund Selectors: what should Asset Management do to deliver more value, justify higher fees and create a sustainable business model? Our participants, from Allan Pollack, CEO,…

FundForum Day Two Review – Who were the Key Speakers?

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The FundForum Day Two Round-Up Report The Synopsis FundForum Day Two focused on managing uncertainties and engaging clients. How does Asset Management, as an industry, can cope with hidden risks and prepare for new opportunities? The plenary sessions focused on 3 main challenges: 1) attracting long term savings, through what channels? with what vehicles ? 2)…

FundForum Day One Overview – What were the main themes?

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 The FundForum Day One Round-Up Report The Synopsis Day 1 at FundForum International 2014 addressed how the Asset Management industry positions itself in the value chain. Dr Ian Goldin, Professor at Oxford, and Vice Chair of the Commission for the future generations, challenged a panel of CEOs to respond to the critical issue of long…

The Key Themes from Summit Day at FundForum International 2014

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 The Summit Day at FundForum Round-Up Report What were the main themes and discussion points arising from Summit Day at FundForum International 2014?  Watch our video round-up, and read more about the highlights of the day below, as we dissect the key points raised during the Summit. The Synopsis The Global Distribution Summit Day challenged…

Insights from Day Two – FundForum International 2014

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FundForum International 2014 - Insights from Day Two: How can decision makers cope with uncertainties? How society can save more? How to attract those savings? Which channels? Are Ecommerce platforms a solution to access the new young generation for retirement plans? Goldman Sachs AM creates initiative to support women working projects around the world? How China sees…

Adopting Social Media in the Funds Industry

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For the first time at FundForum International this year, we are running Social Media Sandbox (aka Social Media Surgery) sessions, revolving around the issues on embedding Social Media into the Investment Management industry as everyday business tools. Andrew Walker, Tweetminster, and Jonathan Taylor, BNP Paribas, will be running four of these workshops next week.  Ahead…

Matthijs Aler: 6 Reasons Not To Go ‘Direct’

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By Matthijs Aler, COO Ohpen Ever since the Dutch King William launched the first investment fund, mutual distribution in continental Europa has known two channels: ‘institutional’ and ‘third party’. Not surprising that investment management firms are solely focused on these channels and all employees, next to the core of the investment management and product development…

7 ways to succeed at FundForum International

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Ahead of this year’s FundForum International, Editor In Chief Jenny Adams highlights what is new in 2014, and how you can get the most out of your time at this year’s conference. Remember you can follow all of the event coverage on Twitter by following @FundForum and/or using the #FFORUM14 hashtag. How should people prepare in advance for…

Revaluing the Future: The role of Asset Managers in thinking long term

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Written by Ian Goldin When asset managers invest in a particular company or asset, they do so in anticipation that the asset will enjoy positive performance over the coming years or indeed decades. It is therefore inherently in asset managers’ interest to build a bridge from the short to long term, for it is the…