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December 2017

Interview Régis Pinguet : “The two criteria used to select ETFs are its assets under management and on the other hand its replication methodology.”

Régis Pinguet, head of the fund selection and analysis department at CNP Assurances, tells us more about its use of ETFs

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News State Street’s GX Private Equity Index Again Shows Strong Performance in Second Quarter 2017

The State Street Global ExchangeSM Private Equity Index (GXPEI) ended the second quarter of 2017 with continued strong performance of 3.96 percent, in line with the 3.95 percent return posted in the first quarter.

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Regulation

Regulation Investors should join forces to demand better sell-side research

A new survey draws attention to widespread flaws in sell-side research. But the advent of MiFID II may provide an opportunity for investors to push for change, write Steve Waygood and Anita Skipper.

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Investment & Hedging

Allocation & Trend

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News Natixis announces the closing of a European CLO for a total of €308.4 million, structured and marketed by Corporate & Investment Banking and managed by NAM

Against the backdrop of investors’ current quest for yield and alternative solutions that offer diversification, Natixis announces the closing of European CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation) Purple Finance CLO 1 for a total of €308.4 (...)

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Innovation Solactive and Equileap launch new gender equality index used as the underlying index for ETF issued by UBS

Solactive is excited to announce that the Equileap Global Gender Equality 100 Leaders Index has been added to the family of Solactive Equileap Gender Equality Indices.

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Innovation BlackRock has expanded its Asian equity fund range by launching the BlackRock Global Funds (BGF) China Flexible Equity Fund

The Fund is designed to enable a growing number of investors seeking to access opportunities in both onshore (A-shares) and offshore (H-shares, Red-chips, P-chips, American Depositary Receipts [ADRs], etc.) Chinese equity markets without having the need to allocate to two (...)

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Innovation Legg Mason launches global emerging markets fund

Legg Mason Inc, one of the world’s largest active asset management firms with $754 billion AuM, announces the launch of the Legg Mason Martin Currie Global Emerging Markets Fund into their Dublin-based fund range.

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Innovation TOBAM launches first Bitcoin mutual fund in Europe

TOBAM, the Smart Beta pioneer, announced today the launch of the TOBAM Bitcoin Fund, an unregulated Alternative Investment Fund, set up in France. The fund, the first of its kind in Europe, will allow qualified and institutional investors wanting to gain an exposure to the (...)

Investment & Hedging

Allocation & Trend

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Strategy Asset allocation: American vertigo

November’s leading indicators show a fresh short-term acceleration in the world economy beyond the 4% mark. This growth pace is well above potential (3.5%) and should lead to renewed inflation and validate the tougher stance on monetary policy across most developed (...)

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Strategy How does ‘quantamental’ fit with factor investing?

‘Quantamental’ is a relatively new portmanteau word in asset management lingo. Its creation is indicative of a trend in our industry. Quantamental is the fruit of the marriage of the quantitative and fundamental (also known as judgmental) disciplines in managing (...)

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Opinion Are we heading for a bear market?

A series of seemingly unstoppable stock market highs have left investors wondering if a correction is coming. But predicting one is harder than it looks, says Lukas Daalder, Chief Investment Officer of Robeco Investment (...)

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Opinion 2018 Outlook: 75% of institutional investors say current environment favors active management

Two-thirds of institutional investors worldwide (65%) expect asset bubbles to negatively impact performance in 2018 and three out of every four (75%) believe the current market environment favors active management.

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Opinion According to Natixis Asset Management: “adaptability and flexibility will be the watchwords on the markets in 2018”

Corporates and households seem to have regained their confidence in the future in 2017 against a flattering macroeconomic backdrop. However, Natixis Asset Management’s experts caution against excessive optimism, as 2018 will not be entirely devoid of events that could throw a (...)

Focus - Institutional

Interview Jean-Philippe Médecin : “Solvency II did not lead to a significant decline in our equity exposures”

Jean-Philippe Médecin, funding and asset-liability management director within the CNP Assurances investment department and its team are increasingly integrating hedges to limit the effects of market drawdowns…

Selection - Institutional

Strategy Gregory Guerrand : " Our Low Carbon 100 Europe Theam Easy UCITS ETF is a solution for investors who want to decarbonise their portfolio "

Gregory Guerrand, a specialist in index investments at THEAM, has agreed to answer a few questions about the Low Carbon 100 Europe Theam Easy UCITS exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Strategy Controling investment risk in commodities investment

Commodities exhibit unique characteristics including low correlations with bonds and equities and inflation-hedging abilities. These have made commodities an attractive addition to diversified portfolios and have generated growing interest in commodity (...)

Strategy The potential of trend-following strategies remains intact

Penalised at the peak of the European debt crisis by highly correlated and non-trending markets, trend-following funds have retained their unrivalled ability to improve the efficiency of an investment portfolio. Better consideration of the issues associated with risk (...)

Note The true nature of the derivative contract on French debt

The multiplication of misinterpretations related to the launch of the derivative contract on French debt leads to an apolitical analysis produced by a market professional to avoid amalgam and populism: This is a simple and useful contract, which was traded in the past in (...)

Opinion Risk free assets ?

But what is safe? Is it the AAA or AA rating provided by rating agencies such as S&P and Moody’s? Does “safe” equal goodwill bonds issued by sovereign countries such as France, Japan, the United Kingdom or the United States? (...)

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