Daily Archives: June 16, 2009

Sophia Grene

Bottoms up

Bottoms up

Have asset managers lost the skill of predicting global macroeconomic trends? While there has been no shortage of economic augury from fund managers’ corporate communications departments, Fitch Ratings has questioned whether the soothsayers of modern asset managers are thoroughly trained in the reading of entrails to predict macro trends.

Given the ratings agency was also saying the current environment is one in which investors who understand the big picture will win, this is a slightly worrying idea.

About the blog

FTfm is no longer updated but it remains open as an archive.

FTfm's specialist writing team offer their insights into the global fund management industry.

About the authors

Pauline Skypala has been editor of FTfm for four years having previously been deputy personal finance editor. She joined the FT in 1999 and has been writing on savings and investment issues throughout her career.

Steve Johnson, FTfm deputy editor, has been a journalist for 17 years, 10 of which have been with the FT.


Sophia Grene, reporter on FTfm, has been a financial journalist in print and online for 12 years.

Ruth Sullivan has worked as a financial/business journalist and foreign correspondent and for the past 10 years has been at the FT.