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November 2

Interview Estelle Ménard : "The cycle of mergers and acquisitions is far from over"

Estelle Ménard, Deputy Head of Thematic Equities Management and Fund Manager of the fund CPR Invest–Europe Special Situations at CPR AM believes that an environment of long-term moderate growth is a strong driver for boosting both economic and financial restructuring (...)

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Philippe Goubeault : « More than twenty percent of our total reserves are managed through a process based on non-financial criteria »

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Christian Carrega : « In the case of the Préfon-Retraite insurance contract, investment decisions comply with an SRI filter »

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October 3

Interview Fiona Reynolds : « The idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous studies »

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director of the PRI (United Nations) gives us her point of view on SRI in the investment world. According to the idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous (...)

September 29

Interview Julien Bras : « We have about one hundred securities, with 89 % of our assets invested in green bonds »

According to Julien Bras, co-fund manager of the Allianz Green Bond fund, the strategy invests primarily in green bonds issued by companies, government agencies and supranational entities...

July 26

Interview RARE Infrastructure’s View on Trump’s infrastructure plan

According to Richard Elmslie, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, Trump’s administration needs to establish a framework that needs to be robust enough to provide the private equity and debt sufficient comfort that, over the life of (...)

July 13

Interview Aude Lerivrain : « Can we invest in the chinese banking sector without worries? »

According to Aude Lerivrain, Head of Credit Research at CPR AM, we are seeing in the Chinese banking system many of the early warning signs of the major banking crises of recent years (in the US, Ireland and Spain)...

December 2016

Interview Michèle Lacroix : “SCOR has strengthened its teams to invest more heavily in bank loans”

According to Michèle Lacroix, Head of Group Investment Office at SCOR, for several years, equity exposure has been strongly reduced in the group investment portfolio in contrast to its bank loan exposure...

December 2016

Interview Marie Lemarie : “We have halved our equity exposures between 2011 and 2016”

According to Marie Lemarie, director of investments at Groupama SA, the conjunction of solvency and low-rate environment has militated for a reduction of the equity risk. Groupama has halved its equity exposures between 2011 and (...)

December 2016

Interview Total Return Derivatives: Can Repo Emerge as a New Asset Class?

According to Antoine Porcheret, Senior Equity & Derivative Strategist at BNP Paribas, Total Return Futures constitute a listed solution to mitigate concerns surrounding the envisaged introduction of bilateral margining for non-cleared OTC (...)

December 2016

Interview Agnès Lossi : "We expect a lot of progress in terms of dynamic balance sheet management and capital steering including their volatility, which is probably the major challenge for institutions."

According to Agnès Lossi, Partner and Director at Indefi, market risk contribution to capital requirements is high. It represents almost 50 % of the capital needs.

November 2016

Interview Patrick Delestra : "Investing in thematic equities makes sense only if we use a specialist fund manager"

According to Patrick Delestra, Head of Equity at Apicil group, a balanced portfolio must used several kinds of strategies namely Small caps which outperform over the long term, Value equities that are undervalued and Growth stocks which are expensive but offer (...)

October 2016

Interview Salwa Boussoukaya-Nasr : « We look at all the existing strategies that are based on risk metrics, factor-based or fundamental values approaches. »

According to Salwa Boussoukaya-Nasr, CFO of FRR (« Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites ») the French reserve fund, developments are necessary for more transparency for the turnover costs generated by the implementation of Smart Beta (...)

October 2016

Interview Michel Manteau : « We have mainly chosen minimum variance strategies because we seek to reduce the volatility of our equity portfolio »

Michel Manteau, head of portfolio management at CARMF (« Caisse Autonome de Retraite des Médecins de France »), the retirement institution for french doctors tells us more about Smart Beta strategies.

October 2016

Interview George Szemere : "Our investment process leads us to include 25-40 different risk premia in the portfolio"

According to George Szemere, Head of Global Strategic Relations & Liquid Alternatives, Columbia Threadneedle, there is a growing understanding that extracting returns from a traditional asset-allocation mix is going to be (...)

September 2016

Interview Antoine Prudent : « InPact Advisory is currently conducting a mission for 5 large Swiss institutional investors willing to invest in an Alternative Risk Premia strategy »

According to Antoine Prudent, founding partner of InPact Advisory, the advantage of Risk Premia products is also to reduce costs compared to the usual pricing for alternative products…

September 2016

Interview Baptiste Buisson : « We consider increasing the size of this type of investment (Absolute Performance UCITS) in the coming quarters »

According to Baptiste Buisson, Deputy Director at Aviva France, Investing in this type of support like Alternative Risk Premia allows players like Aviva France to diversify our investments.

July 2016

Interview Christian Carrega: "Today, we look at all the asset classes under SRI prism"

According to Christian Carrega, CEO of Préfon, despite the actual fad, looking at all the asset classes under a prism ISR is an additional way to provide security for our affiliate investments.

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Interview Françoise Neige and Aurélie Jaclot : « a major cultural change encourages women to manage their own wealth »

Be a bank that is committed to women is the goal of Pictet, the Swiss bank, which has launched an offer of wealth management dedicated specifically to women.

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Interview Fiona Reynolds : « The idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous studies »

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director of the PRI (United Nations) gives us her point of view on SRI in the investment world. According to the idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous (...)

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Interview Nassim Taleb « portfolio theory: it’s a bit what astrology was to our ancestors »

Empirica LLC founder and author of best seller Fooled by Randomness, Nassim Taleb, answered the questions of Next-finance in an exclusive interview.

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Interview Arnaud Chrétien and Serge Darolles : «The objective of QuantValley is to become the calling card for French Quantitive management»

Challenges, positioning and quantative management outlook in France. Arnaud Chrétien and Serge Darolles, respectively Chairman and deputy chairman of QuantValley, answer our questions and introduce us to their project aimed at promoting Paris’ image as a city of (...)

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Interview Total Return Derivatives: Can Repo Emerge as a New Asset Class?

According to Antoine Porcheret, Senior Equity & Derivative Strategist at BNP Paribas, Total Return Futures constitute a listed solution to mitigate concerns surrounding the envisaged introduction of bilateral margining for non-cleared OTC (...)

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Interview Alain Dib : « Investor demand for convertible bonds is strong »

According to Alain Dib, Global Head of Equity-Linked business at BNP Paribas, the appetite for convertible bonds is greater than the available supply, currently proposed by issuers

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Interview Julien Bras : « We have about one hundred securities, with 89 % of our assets invested in green bonds »

According to Julien Bras, co-fund manager of the Allianz Green Bond fund, the strategy invests primarily in green bonds issued by companies, government agencies and supranational entities...

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Interview Thami Kabbaj : « Behavioral finance has shown the presence of psychological biases among traders »

According to Thami Kabbaj, some traders are in a state of cognitive dissonance: They totally obscure the loss and focus solely on the information that reinforces.

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Interview Philippe Desfosses : "Since inception, the board of ERAFP has decided to put in place a 100% ISR investment policy"

"This is why we are also very committed against global warming" said Philippe Desfossés, director at ERAFP.

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Interview Mark Joshi : «senior management have to be more mathematically sophisticated»

Mark Joshi has worked for RBS from 1999 to 2005. First as quant analyst and then head of quantitative research within the risk department.

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Interview Frédéric Ponzo : «The algorithmic trading fraud is a myth !»

Frederic Ponzo, founding partner of Greyspark, a London-based consulting firm in strategy, organization and technology on algorithmic trading systems, deconstructs the fears and fantasies associated with risk of algorithmic (...)

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Interview Dr Damiano Brigo: «Hybrid products and models will become paramount in the immediate future»

Interview with Dr Damiano Brigo, Head of Credit Models at Banca IMI in Milan and co-author of the best-seller « Interest-Rate Models: Theory and Practice ».

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Interview Mark Mobius « numerous emerging markets companies are still undervalued »

According to Mark Mobius, one of the most recognized expert in emerging markets, many emerging economies are forecast to grow by considerably more than developed markets, even taking the current economic climate into (...)

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Interview Espen Haug : «I am also playing with the idea of setting up an Anti-Hedge Fund»

Former Amaranth’s and Paloma Partners’ derivative trader, Espen Haug plans to launch an Anti-Hedge Funds and believes his strategies are too complex to be turned into «Black Box»...

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Interview Thami Kabbaj: «Traders can still beat the black box»

Former trader in a London-based fund, then trader for his own account on the US market, Thami Kabbaj is currently a qualified economics professor and explains the fundamental role of psychology in the success of (...)

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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…

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