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October 24

Note BofA Merrill Lynch October Fund Manager Survey shows global investor risk-aversion growing as cash allocations increase to near-15-year highs

Cash levels jumped from 5.5% in September to 5.8% this month. Investors’ average cash balance was last this high in July 2016 (post-Brexit vote) and in Fall 2001.


A growing interest from investors in Smart Beta ETFs with more requirements and challenges to address


84 % of French advisers warn that investors may not be fully aware of the risks associated with passive investments


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October 3

Note Europe M&A activity picks up pace, while US market shows signs of a flight to quality

The North American market, while still accounting for almost 50% of the global total has decreased 15% since last year, in deal volume terms, on a year-to-date (YTD) basis.

September 26

Note Investors Increase Pressure on Hedge Funds to Lower Fees

The latest research from Preqin on hedge fund fees finds that lower recent performance, high-profile redemptions and increased concern from investors on the issue of fees have influenced many hedge fund managers to bring their management and performance charges below the 2 (...)

September 16

Note Lyxor research highlights the growing role of Smart Beta in new investment strategies

Lyxor Asset Management today unveils the results of a new wide-ranging study that compares the performance of European domiciled active funds with that of their benchmarks. The research highlights the growing importance of risk factors and other Smart Beta strategies in (...)

September 6

Note The world’s 300 largest pension funds – year ended 2015

Total assets of the world’s largest 300 pension funds fell by over 3% in 2015 (compared to growth of over 3% in 2014) to a sum of US$14.8 trillion according to Pensions & Investments and Willis Towers Watson (...)

July 26

Note Alternatives managers split on the benefits of ESG, finds Unigestion

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale that focuses on guiding its clients with risk-managed investment solutions, has again surveyed the hedge fund and private equity managers it invests in to track their attitudes to (...)

July 13

Note Investors go alternative

The research - which includes data on a diverse range of institutional investor types - shows that pension fund assets represent a third (34%) of the top 100 alternative managers’ assets, followed by wealth managers (19%), insurance companies (10%), sovereign wealth funds (...)

July 8

Note Investors and Fund Managers Gauge Brexit Impact

Many fund managers expect performance and investment decisions to be affected, while institutional investors expect to commit less to the UK

July 7

Note “There is no listed infrastructure asset class” : New EDHECinfra study finds no diversification benefits from 22 different proxies of listed infrastructure equity

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore (EDHECinfra) has released a new paper entitled “Searching for a Listed Infrastructure Asset Class” establishing that listed infrastructure securities cannot be considered a unique asset (...)

June 14

Note Robos helping to save the future

Barclays hosted its fifth annual UK Savings Conference on 8th June 2016, and the key takeaway was that Robo-Advice would have a significant role to play in closing the advice gap, but is akin to the rise of internet banking in the early (...)

June 1

Note From driverless cars to an improved approach to measuring credit risk in

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore (EDHECinfra) has released a new paper entitled “Cash Flow Dynamics of Private Infrastructure Project Debt”, drawn from the EDHEC-NATIXIS Research Chair on private infrastructure debt (...)

May 31

Note ‘$1bn Club’ Managers Hold 88% of all Hedge Fund Capital

The 668 firms with at least $1bn in assets under management (AUM) now control $2.75tn out of the total $3.13tn held by the hedge fund industry

May 25

Note German Wealth Managers Will Lose Market Share to Robo-Advisors over Next Two Years, says Verdict Financial

Over 86% of German wealth managers working with high net worth (HNW) individuals believe that they will lose market share to automated investment services over the next two years, according to financial services research and insight firm Verdict (...)

April 22

Note Investors increasingly embrace quantitative strategies

Over two thirds of respondents of the Deutsche Bank annual Alternative Investment Survey invest in systematic strategies, including one in every two who plan to add to one or more quantitative sub-strategies in 2016. The largest investment consultants and pension funds are (...)

April 22

Note Are markets becoming more unstable?

Readers of financial news may believe that ‘market corrections’, or ‘shocks’, or ‘five-sigma events’ are more common than they used to be. Winton Capital Management look at the historical data for a number of financial markets and find that there is no evidence for increasing (...)

April 18

Note New study by EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore shows infrastructure firms have a unique, low volatility, high dividend payout profile

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore (EDHECinfra), in partnership with the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA) has released a new paper entitled “Revenue and Dividend Payouts in Privately-Held Infrastructure (...)

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Note According to ETFGI ETFs and ETPs globally have gathered a record 199.0 billion US dollars in net new assets through the end of Q3 2014

ETFGI’s research finds ETFs and ETPs globally have gathered a record 199.0 billion US dollars in net new assets through the end of Q3 2014, surpassing the previous high of US$185.8 Bn set in the first three quarters of (...)


Note On the impact of Brexit on sterling

As yet, sterling appears not to have reacted to the looming referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union. Over the short to medium term, however, the currency should end up reacting negatively, so great is the fallout for the British economy. In (...)


Note TLAC / MREL - eligible senior debt: investors often overlooking the fundamental angle

Concerns about a weakened bank’s senior unsecured debt potentially being bailed in should not taint investment views for banks in decent-to-good credit shape; for financially healthy banks resolution remains a very remote (...)


Note Deutsche Bank releases annual Alternative Investment Survey highlighting hedge fund sentiment and allocation trends for 2016

Deutsche Bank released its 14th annual Alternative Investment Survey, one of the industry’s largest and longest standing hedge fund investor surveys...


Note State Street’s GX Private Equity Index Drops in Q3 for the First Time in Three Years, Marking End to Unprecedented Streak of Quarterly Gains

Despite Dip, New Research Verifies Asset Owners’ Continued Interest in Private Equity Investments


Note Retail fund distribution in the midst of major changes according to CACEIS and PwC report

CACEIS and PwC Luxembourg joined forces to release a new report, entitled Reshaping retail fund distribution - Winning strategies and tactics in a disrupted environment.


Note New study by EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore shows infrastructure firms have a unique, low volatility, high dividend payout profile

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore (EDHECinfra), in partnership with the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA) has released a new paper entitled “Revenue and Dividend Payouts in Privately-Held Infrastructure (...)


Note Risk evaluation and multifractal Var

The use of «multifractal processes» for risk calculation in finance allows us to use the concept of «scale invariance» and its implications developed in fluid mechanics…


Note The possible misdiagnosis of a crisis

According to a publication of Prof. Richard Roll in the Financial Analyst Journal, most explanations of the 2007–08 financial crisis are inconsistent with elementary principles of finance. The article explains the inconsistencies and suggests an alternative diagnosis that is (...)


Note 10 proposals to rebuild finance and monetary macroeconomics

Rethink monetary policy and its objectives, reform our accounting and prudential environment, review the return on equity standards, regulate the prices of certain assets...


Note The Money Printing Myth - Why Sovereigns Default on Local Currency Debt

Fitch Ratings says in a newly-published report that the popular perception that sovereigns cannot default on debt denominated in their own currency because of their power to print money is a myth. They can and (...)


Note Real estate: Attempting to explain the increase in prices.

The situation appears to be a paradox. France is just coming out of a crisis but real estate prices have sharply increased during the previous months and have only slightly decreased at the height of the crisis. How can this phenomenon be (...)


Note The Yuan - will it soon become a reserve currency ?

Whilst several experts estimate the that it will still be about ten years before the status of the yuan changes to that of a reserve currency, the exchange agreement between Japan and China which replaces the dollar with the yen or the yuan, for bilateral trade, could (...)


Note The factors that determine the carbon price: an econometric analysis

Emission allowances are both physical and financial assets. As for any asset, it then becomes possible to study the potential gap between the value observed on the market and the value dictated by fundamentals…


Note Institutional investors under pressure to balance short-term market moves and long-term mandates, finds Natixis Global Asset Management

According to Natixis Global Asset Management, while institutional investors are optimistic about equities in 2015, their outlook is tempered by market risks beyond their control and unknown liability risks ahead, particularly those linked to increased (...)


Note Building Minimum Variance Portfolios with low risk, low drawdowns and strong returns

This paper provides an introduction to the STOXX Minimum Variance Indices and aims to achieve three things : i) an overview of minimum variance investing ii) the methodology for the construction and maintenance of the STOXX Minimum Variance Indices, highlighting the unique (...)


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The financial investment is not limited to financial markets assets and the current uncertainties obviously feed such thoughts. Indeed, there are many investment vehicles that could create value in a portfolio.

Product Inflation linked bonds’ mechanism

Inflation linked bonds are bonds whose principal is linked to inflation which allows their holders to protected against inflation as opposed to traditional bonds.

Product Back to the future, may 2011: Nobles Crus and Earth Element Fund

Yesterday they were introduced as innovatives products. Today, How far have they got and what are the prospects for tomorrow ? Two products in the spotlight this month: Nobles Crus or the blend of passion for wine and financial investment, and a quantitative systematic (...)

Regulation Solvency II: Advantage convertible bonds

The results of QIS 5 confirmed that convertible bonds bear low capital cost. A balanced-profile convertible bond portfolio with optimized convexity therefore obtains a moderate intrinsic SCR whilst benefiting from «equity» (...)

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