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March 23

Note BofA Merrill Lynch March Fund Manager Survey finds investors in a bullish holding pattern

A record number of investors (net 34%) find equities to be overvalued, the most in 17 years; the US is identified as the most overvalued region (net 81%), while EM equities (net 44%) and Eurozone equities (net 23%) are seen as (...)

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Private Debt Industry Assets Approach $600bn

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Institutional investors embrace risk in pursuit of better returns and yield, finds Natixis Global Asset Management Survey

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March 13

Note Investors and Managers Share Views on Trump, Le Pen, Technology and the Future of the Alternative Investment Industry in CAIS 2017 Survey

44% believe Trump administration represents the biggest global risk in 2017

February 20

Note Global Pension Assets Study 2017

The 2017 Global Pension Assets Study covers 22 major pension markets (the P22), which total USD 36,435 billion in pension assets and account for 62.0% of the GDP of these economies. China, Finland and Italy were added to this year’s study. A deeper analysis was performed for (...)

February 3

Note Institutional investors put cash to work in 2017

Large institutional investors are set to put cash to work in 2017, a BlackRock survey has found. One in four (25%) institutions surveyed intend to decrease their cash allocations during the year, nearly twice as many as those who plan to increase their cash holdings (...)

January 10

Note Quality shines through as M&A deal volumes fall globally

The latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM) from Willis Towers Watson suggests a significant slowing of deal volumes in the fourth quarter of the year, however, those that did close were high performing and showed an outperformance of 0.4pp over the index*. On an (...)

January 2

Note Frontier markets – the richly diverse path to yield

Credit Suisse Research Institute launches “The Next Frontier” report and the Credit Suisse Frontier Markets group of 30 countries, accounting for USD 3.7 trillion of economic output

December 2016

Note World’s largest institutional investors expecting more asset allocation changes over next two years than in the past

Institutional investors worldwide are expecting to make more asset allocation changes in the next one to two years than in 2012 and 2014, according to the new Fidelity® Global Institutional Investor Survey.

November 2016

Note US dividend growth slows to post-crisis low

Global dividends fell to $281.7bn in the third quarter, down 4.0% year-on-year, according to the Henderson Global Dividend Index. Lower US special dividends made a significant impact to the headline rate, but underlying US dividend growth has also (...)

November 2016

Note EDHEC-Risk Institute suggests a new dynamic approach for measuring the market exposures of stock portfolios

Multi-factor models are standard tools for analysing the performance and the risk of equity portfolios. In addition to analysing the impact of common factors, equity portfolio managers are also interested in analysing the role of stock-specific attributes in explaining (...)

November 2016

Note SimCorp Survey Reveals Optimism Among Investment Managers About Own Growth Prospects

SimCorp, a leading provider of investment management solutions and services for the global financial services industry, today released a survey, which shows significant assets under management (AuM) and revenue growth expectations from investment managers in the next three (...)

November 2016

Note World’s largest fund managers see first decline in assets since 2011

Assets managed by the world’s largest 500 asset managers fell in 2015 for the first time since 2011, according to the Pensions & Investments / Willis Towers Watson World 500 research. Total assets under management (AUM) were down 1.7% to US$ 76.7 trillion at the end of (...)

November 2016

Note India – the fundamental investment case

Bottlenecks’ that have hampered India’s development are easing. India is playing catch up, and is catching up fast. Election of Narendra Modi has rebooted stalled projects, sparked new reforms. India’s domestic economy and growing middle class are the key long-term (...)

October 2016

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.

October 2016

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

In a survey of investment professionals conducted as part of the Amundi ETF, Indexing & Smart Beta research chair at EDHEC-Risk Institute on “ETF and Passive Investment Strategies”, EDHEC-Risk Institute has solicited the specific views of 180 European ETF investors on (...)

October 2016

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

85% say they need a more accurate picture of their clients’ risk tolerance. It’s not volatility that worries advisors the most, it’s how their clients react to it. Ensuring investors set tangible goals and have realistic expectations remains a major (...)

October 2016

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.

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Note Financial markets and self-fulfilling prophecies

This phenomenon is equivalent to the change from a brutal economic and financial equilibrium to another, not because the fundamentals of the macroeconomic environment would justify it, but because there was a change for good or bad reasons of market (...)

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Note Investors and Managers Share Views on Trump, Le Pen, Technology and the Future of the Alternative Investment Industry in CAIS 2017 Survey

44% believe Trump administration represents the biggest global risk in 2017

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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 (...)

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Note Strategic tasks of central banks: focus on the ECB

Beyond the traditional measures and in a context of systemic risk, we wonder about what specifically should be the strategic tasks of a central bank

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Note The dynamic of the yuan

According to Phillippe Waechter, Head of Economic Research of Natixis Asset management, the evolution of China is extremely rapid, and both its accumulation of foreign reserves and its capability to destabilise or stabilise global constructions is (...)

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Note Diversity wins : Persistent investor interest in smart beta, particularly within diversifying strategies

Willis Towers Watson’s institutional investment clients globally allocated $10bn, via 175 selections, to diversifying investment strategies in 2015. Within this grouping, liquid alternatives attracted the most interest with over $8.1bn, of which approximately half is in smart (...)

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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.

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Note The SRI, does it transform itself when it applies to new asset classes ?

Apply the SRI outside the traditional securities (equities and corporate debt), is it not such a good idea, especially within the times and/or an irrelevant hegemonic order ?

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Note BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey Finds Investors Raising Cash While Cutting Commodity Allocations

Global investors are keeping faith with equities while raising cash as markets enter the volatile year-end period, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for December.

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Note Aging population poses new opportunities for global investment managers

Early conclusions from ongoing SimCorp StrategyLab research point to demographic changes as a key factor influencing the future of the global investment management industry.

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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...

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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 (...)

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Note Rating Agencies

The American case during August 2011 and that of France in January shows that the loss of an AAA rating does not necessarily lead to a higher interest rate adjustment.

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Note 1 out of 3 Europeans have lost confidence in financial advisors since the 2008 crisis

According to the results of a Fidelity Investments poll on the confidence of investors, the country which is the most critical of financial advisors, singling itself out by its strong resistance to paying for advice, is (...)

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Note German life insurers hope for respite as investment yields scrape floor

With no sign of a tightening in European monetary policy, low investment yields will continue to put pressure on German life insurers, many of whom sold overgenerous life policies even as signs were emerging that the European economy was entering a prolonged period of (...)

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Note EURO STOXX 50® Index implied repo trading at Eurex

This research paper focuses on the inseparable relationship between implied repo rates and equity index total return swaps. Written by Stuart Heath, Director Equity & Index R&D at Eurex, it covers the various aspects and calculations of both repo rates and the (...)

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France’s debt

Outlook, strategies and investment vehicles on France’s debt

Recherche Quantitative

Recherche Quantitative : Quels sont les thèmes qui occupent dorénavant les Quants au sein des salles de marchés et des sociétés de gestion ?

Selection: Products

Kiosk Alternatives to financial markets investments

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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