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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 (...)

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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 (...)

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.

September 2016

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 2016

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 2016

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 (...)

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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 (...)

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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 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 Global pension fund assets reach new highs

Global institutional pension fund assets in the 16 major markets grew by over 6% during 2014 (compared to around 10% in 2013) to reach a new high of US$36 trillion, according to Towers Watson’s Global Pension Assets Study released (...)

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Note Banks Recapitalization : Implications for hybrid debt holders

Who will be recapitalized and how much? How recapitalization work? And most importantly, for investors, how does it impact bank hybrid debt? These are the issues addressed by Philip Hall, Volatility and Credit Quantitative Manager and President of Axiom Alternative (...)

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Note Strengths and weaknesses of France as an alternative management financial centre

According to a study conducted by Reinhold & Partners, despite recognised human and technical resources, French alternative asset management, for reasons specific to the French market, and because it is suffering from a lack of image, has not developed as (...)

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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 US Energy infrastructure: The MLP example

Among infrastructure assets, energy infrastructure assets such as pipelines, storage facilities or processing plants, are experiencing a rapid growth, especially in the USA. Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) have played a key role in facilitating investment in US energy (...)

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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 (...)

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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…

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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 BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey Finds Investors Concerned That Global Economic Recovery Could Falter

Investor optimism over the global economic recovery and corporate profits has been dented as the tail risk associated with the U.S. economy has escalated, though sentiment towards Europe has improved, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for (...)

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Note 2014 Sees Alternative Assets Industry Near $7tn in Value

Preqin launches its 2015 Global Alternatives Reports, which reveal significant growth in assets held by private equity, hedge fund, private debt, real estate and infrastructure fund managers. Total industry assets now stand at $6.91tn, up from $6.22tn as of this point last (...)

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Note To succeed in selling one’s hedge fund just when performance is deteriorating: an impossible equation ?

The number of funds on sale in Europe is in free fall because the owners have no choice other than mergers, even liquidation, because of rapidly declining performance which makes it impossible to sell at a good (...)

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Note Hedge funds, a solution for struggling public pension plans ?

It is the conclusion of a paper entitled «The Changing Role of Hedge Funds in the Global Economy » written by Dr. Everett Ehrlich. He would expect more state and local governments will make them part of the solution moving (...)

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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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France’s debt

Outlook, strategies and investment vehicles on France’s debt

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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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