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October 2012

Interview Philippe Mills : « This year, half of the net buyers of French debt come from Asia and the Middle East »

What is the role of the French Treasury Agency (AFT)? Who holds the French debt? How are OAT and BTF issues conducted? Philip Mills, CEO of the French Treasury Agency answers Next Finance questions...

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The true nature of the derivative contract on French debt

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Are french OAT overvalued ?

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January 2012

Innovation Launch of EMERGENCE, 1st seed-capital fund for young management companies on the Paris Financial Markets

A key necessity for these young companies, either based in or seeking to be established in France, is seed capital to manage from day one. Such capital allows management companies to quickly reach critical mass.

January 2012

People Moves Redundancy plan: Société Générale to join the party

The announcements of job cuts in investment banking continues. After a year fueled by rumors, Société Générale has officially announced the implementation of a voluntary departure plan for approximately 880 investment bankers (...)

December 2011

People Moves Didier Valet, new CEO of Socgen CIB

He replaces Michel Péretié, who has decided to pursue other opportunities outside the bank. Christophe Mianné will be the Deputy CEO

December 2011

Opinion Do the layoffs at Crédit Agricole represent a sharp decline in French banks?

The layoffs have unquestionably impacted the personnel of the French banks but a greater malaise reigns. A top ranked outgoing senior executive considers the current situation as symbolizing an unprecedented weakening of French (...)

December 2011

News Crédit Agricole CIB to withdraw from equity derivatives and commodities activities.

The french bank unveils a new corporate and investment banking model centred on serving major clients and the closure of operations in 21 countries

November 2011

Regulation Extension of the ban on the taking of net short positions in ten French securities of the financial sector

The Board of the AMF considered that the market conditions were not satisfactory to lift the said ban.

November 2011

Stories Capital Fund Management: Simply the best?

Discus Fund, one of CFM flagship funds, posted 23 percent year-to-date positive returns as of october end, the best performance amongst all the global systematic funds. This is the confirmation the know-how of the French manager which has shown exceptional trackrecords for (...)

November 2011

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 (...)

November 2011

Note Impact of collective influences on forecast and investment decisions

The valuation of financial assets, by financial analysts and the investment decisions of fund managers, depend on the paradigm of economic rationalisation. However, it is clear that there are uncertainties and instabilities which have characterised the financial market for (...)

November 2011

Opinion Overview of Quantitative Finance in France

A short review of quantitative finance in France under the lens of the Next Finance website: Profile of quants, origins and outlook of the industry.

September 2011

News Crédit Agricole strengthens balance sheets.

In a message to investors, Crédit Agricole has presented its new strategy in a context marked by the lack of confidence of markets in European banks. The group is adjusting to this new operating environment.

September 2011

Regulation Financial transactions taxation is applicable to France

According to the firm 99 Partners Advisory, it is possible, from now, to put in place a tax on financial transactions,

September 2011

News USD funding, money market freeze, pheripheral sovereign debt...answers from BNP Paribas

Amongst the three French banks under pressure, only BNP Paribas has played the card of full transparency ...

September 2011

News BNP Paribas denies having trouble obtaining USD funding

BNP Paribas categorically denies the statements made by a certain anonymous BNP Paribas executive who states that the bank has a liquidity problem in dollars and is participating in the creation of a market in euros to solve the (...)

September 2011

People Moves Layoffs at Société Générale: a hidden redundancy plan?

That’s the question unions have been facing after the sharp increase in layoffs made by the investment bank this summer...

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Salary & Bonus Determination of Salaries

How are salaries fixed? Are they controlled by companies? Or by the State? Perhaps they are controlled by syndicates? Or is it an obscure system controlled by hidden forces? Not at all. Long term, itʼs a different (...)

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Stories Capital Fund Management: Simply the best?

Discus Fund, one of CFM flagship funds, posted 23 percent year-to-date positive returns as of october end, the best performance amongst all the global systematic funds. This is the confirmation the know-how of the French manager which has shown exceptional trackrecords for (...)

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People Moves Redundancy plan: Société Générale to join the party

The announcements of job cuts in investment banking continues. After a year fueled by rumors, Société Générale has officially announced the implementation of a voluntary departure plan for approximately 880 investment bankers (...)

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Opinion Overview of Quantitative Finance in France

A short review of quantitative finance in France under the lens of the Next Finance website: Profile of quants, origins and outlook of the industry.

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Regulation AMF renews the short selling ban on financial sector

The Board of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) renews the ban on taking net short positions in French securities of the financial sector

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Note 10 to €12 billion of structured loans exhibit a high potential risk!

According to Didier Migaud, president of French revenue court, loans with interest rates linked to spreads out of the eurozone should be banned as well as those using leverage...

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News 2010 report on European asset management : specialists laugh, global players cry!

According to a study of Morningstar, the year 2010 has been a blank year for the European traditional industry of fund management with a strong outflow in the money market offset by inflows on risky assets ...

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Regulation Extension of the ban on the taking of net short positions in ten French securities of the financial sector

The Board of the AMF considered that the market conditions were not satisfactory to lift the said ban.

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News BNP Paribas denies having trouble obtaining USD funding

BNP Paribas categorically denies the statements made by a certain anonymous BNP Paribas executive who states that the bank has a liquidity problem in dollars and is participating in the creation of a market in euros to solve the (...)

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People Moves Layoffs at Société Générale: a hidden redundancy plan?

That’s the question unions have been facing after the sharp increase in layoffs made by the investment bank this summer...

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Opinion Asset management: How to interpret managers awards?

One needs just to visit the premises of an asset management firm or to browse its website to find trophies and awards proudly displayed. What credit should be given to these awards?

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Opinion The «French Quants» must relearn to code!

In France, many financial engineers feel some aversion for IT. Some, fascinated by models, don’t consider for a second writing thousands of lines of code…

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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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News Nexar Capital Group, a global alternative investment manager, acquires Ermitage

Nexar Capital Group SCA announced yesterday the acquisition of Ermitage Limited, one of Europe’s pioneering alternative asset management organizations, from Caledonia Investments plc

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Profile Job market: Private Banking and Wealth Management

How to build, manage and retain staff? What are the evaluation criteria for good wealth managers ? What are the market’s compensation levels ? Specialised recruitment company, Norman Alex, shares with us their analysis and (...)

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Regulation Regulatory prospects: 2012 and beyond

2009 was a year of intense reflection on the functioning of the financial sector. There followed an intense regulatory activity in 2010, unfortunately with few formal adoptions of regulations. 2011 marked the surge of the will to succeed with provisional schedules. Where do (...)

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