Ed Francis has been appointed EMEA head of consultant Towers Watson's investment business, taking over from Chris Ford, who has become global head of Investment.
Towers Watson's latest Global Investment Matters publication says asset owners, such as pension funds, need to become more adaptable to create more efficient decisionmaking in the face of a more rapidly changing investment environment.
The world's 500 biggest fund managers saw their assets rise by more than 8% in 2012, to $68trn, according to data published by the Pensions & Investments/Towers Watson World 500 report.
Consultant Towers Watson has published its latest long term outlook for global economic growth in its Secular Outlook 2013.
Fund managers have turned more optimistic about the prospects for equity returns while remaining negative on world growth and medium-term government bonds, according to a global survey of investment managers conducted by Towers Watson on 169 investment...
Institutional investors continue to diversify their investment portfolios into alternative assets, increasingly via direct funds rather than funds of funds according to global data from Towers Watson.
Russell Investments has made two appointments to its global fixed income team in London.
Towers Watson has appointed Alessandra Pasquoni as head of its investment business in Italy.
Robust debate is swirling around so-called smart beta - the indexation strategy - and poses the question whether this could be seen as truly transforming the investment scene, or whether it is just another marketing gimmick.
BlackRock tops a list published by Towers Watson of the 500 biggest fund companies globally, ranked by assets under management as of 31 December 2011.
Consultant Towers Watson has reported that assets managed by the world's 500 biggest fund managers lost 3% in 2011, taking assets back to $63trn, a level last seen in 2006.
Professional services firm Towers Watson has deepened its relationship with Microsoft by adapting some of its software for the Windows Azure platform.
Hedge fund fees have been the focus of intense discussion in recent times, but certain investors say that better managers deserve the fees they earn
The largest destination for alternative capital is North America, according to a new survey by financial services consultant Towers Watson.