Susanne Bolin Gärtner comments on trends

Susanne Bolin Gärtner is head of Fund Selection at Folksam in Stockholm, and a member of InvestmentEurope’s Editorial Board.

In December 2015 she commented on the following question:

Q.“What trends do you see in the funds market currently?”

A. I see a lot of focus on sustainability within fund companies and the process of fund management rather than specific SRI funds. Funds have to be more open and transparent with their investments due to Solvency II, but also be prepared to defend holding controversial investments.

Looking at EM I believe in India as a market maybe more than China for the coming year. Continued low energy prices will benefit India.

Looking at fixed income I see more unconstrained strategies. Liquidity is of course a main issue. EMD blend is becoming more interesting and also taking more risk into the portfolio. We see a tendency of focus on mixed balanced funds, and are still looking for the multi-asset solution packaged in a fund with different risk levels.


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Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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