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We’re passionate people who are focused on delivering the highest quality intelligence, news and impartial thought leadership. We enhance industry professionals experiences through recognised industry events and awards.

A rich heritage in fund intelligence

Our experienced team of journalists provides US traditional asset management professionals with vital and actionable intelligence across all parts of the modern fund complex, including sales, marketing, compliance, operations and technology functions.

At a time when fund groups are facing big questions about their future direction and operational structure, and with both distribution and digitization strategies evolving at pace, Fund Intelligence offers informed coverage of the tactics being employed by leading fund groups to stay ahead of the curve.

With a heritage stretching back to the launch of Fund Action in the early 1990s, our team has developed a network of senior contacts across the sector which is second to none to ensure we are providing the broadest and best possible daily news service, alongside considered analysis of the key developments that really matter to industry execs.

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Meet the team

Paul McMillan
Managing Editor

Before joining Fund Intelligence in June 2018, Paul McMillan was head of content across HFM Global, Pageant Media’s hedge fund titles based out of London, New York and Hong Kong. Prior to HFM, Paul was group editor at leading UK financial title Money Marketing and associated brands for five years. He has won several media awards, including personal finance journalist of the year and online personal finance article of the year.

James Connington
Distribution Editor

James Connington joined Fund Intelligence as Distribution Editor in 2018, where he heads up coverage of the key trends in mutual fund and ETF distribution. Prior to that he was a personal finance reporter at the Telegraph in London, predominantly covering retail investing. He has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from University College London (UCL) and also studied at the University of Bonn/United Nations University in Germany.

Ben Strack

Ben Strack joined Fund Intelligence as a reporter in July 2019, primarily covering sales, marketing and business strategy aspects of the asset management industry. Prior to his role at Pageant Media’s New York office, he spent three years as the editor of a weekly newspaper on Long Island, covering local politics, people, schools, crime, events, (you name it!). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

Randy Plavajka

Randy Plavajka joined Fund Intelligence as a reporter in July 2019, primarily covering the retirement sector. Prior to his role at Pageant Media’s New York office, he worked and freelanced in upstate New York and Southern California as a multimedia producer and editor, creating narrative-driven audio-visual stories. He holds a master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Tony Rifilato
Operations & Technology Editor

Tony Rifilato is an award-winning journalist who joined Fund Intelligence as the Ops & Tech editor in January 2020, primarily covering operations and technology trends in the asset management industry. Prior to his role at Pageant Media’s New York office, he was a senior editor at Herald Community Newspapers on Long Island, where he covered everything from public corruption to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University.

Ben Sheng

Ben is a reporter for Fund Directions, where he covers mutual fund governance and regulatory issues from a board perspective. Prior to joining Fund Directions in 2018, he worked in financial public relations at Intermarket Communications. Ben holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia University, where he wrote and edited for the Columbia Daily Spectator.

David Isenberg
Compliance Reporter

David Isenberg joined Fund Intelligence in January 2019 covering compliance, regulation, and litigation. Prior to his role at Pageant Media’s New York office, David interned at Thompson Reuters’ Practical Law, where he wrote about retirement compliance and litigation. David received his juris doctor from Fordham University School of Law in May of 2018, where he edited for the Media, Entertainment, and Intellectual Property Law Journal. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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