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Note Global institutional investors braced for market risks and pursuing an active approach in 2018

Faced with low interest rates and relatively high valuations for risk assets, large global institutional investors are looking to protect themselves against downturn risks through maintaining their cash levels and selectively increasing allocations to active strategies, (...)

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New EDHEC study of private infrastructure debt shows that defining ’infrastructure’ correctly pays off for investors

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Insurers looking to investment portfolios to improve profitability

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September 2017

Note Investors’ Appetite for Gains Exceeds Their Stomach for Risk, and Index Funds May Not Deliver What They Want

Natixis Global Asset Management has released the results of its 2017 Global Individual Investor survey. A total of 8300 individual investors (400 in France) have been surveyed between February and March 2017 in 21 countries across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle (...)

September 2017

Note The unstoppable rise of alternatives

The world’s largest 100 alternative asset managers saw assets under management increase by 10% in 2016, rising to $4 trillion, according to the 2017 edition of Willis Towers Watson’s Global Alternatives Survey.

September 2017

Note Active Managers Enjoyed Improved Performance In Q2 According To New Study By Lyxor

Lyxor Asset Management’s latest study into active manager performance shows 55% of them beat their benchmarks in the second quarter of 2017. That’s a significant improvement on results at the end of last year, when only 28% outperformed, and above the 52% of (...)

September 2017

Note State Street Study Reveals Asset Owners’ Increasing Appetite for Illiquid Assets is Driving Interest in Co-Investment

State Street Corporation announced the findings from its latest study, A New Climate for Growth: Adapting Models to Thrive, which reveals asset owners are gaining scale through consolidation and co-investment;

August 2017

Note Private Capital Fund Managers Raise Fee Rates in 2017

The 2017 Preqin Private Capital Fund Terms Advisor finds that several private capital fund types are raising their average management fees among funds of more recent vintages. Unlisted infrastructure funds have seen mean management fees rise marginally from lows of 1.38% for (...)

July 2017

Note Buyout Pricing Dislocation Creates Market Opportunity

CEPRES released research this week showing recently the US buyout market is driven by revenue growth, whereas Europe is driven rather by operating income. The research used the CEPRES PE.Analyzer investment decision platform to analyze over $12 trillion of PE transactions (...)

July 2017

Note Global acquirers significantly underperform World Index in the second quarter

Europe M&A activity bucks trend as market volatility and economic uncertainty depress performance in North America and Asia

July 2017

Note Listed infrastructure is #fake_infra

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore (EDHECinfra) shows that the booming listed infrastructure sector is based on a “fallacy of composition.” Listed infrastructure equity offers zero diversification benefits and is not an asset (...)

June 2017

Note ESG may entice investors to save more – Natixis Global Asset Management

The rising importance placed on environmental, social and governance investing may be the key driver in getting more individual investors, across generations, to invest more or even start planning for retirement, suggests new findings from Natixis Global Asset Management’s (...)

June 2017

Note BofA Merrill Lynch June Fund Manager Survey finds record number of investors consider equities overvalued

According to BofA Merrill Lynch June Fund Manager Survey, net 84% of respondents indicate the US is the most overvalued region for equities, a new all-time high; investors find European equities (net 18%) and EM equities (net 48%) to be (...)

June 2017

Note EDHEC-Risk Institute shows how goal-based investing can help investors meet retirement needs

EDHEC-Risk Institute study shows that goal-based investing principles can be used to design scalable retirement investment strategies that meet individual investors’ needs

May 2017

Note BofA Merrill Lynch May Fund Manager Survey finds investors are bullish; macro expectations of high growth and low inflation at record high

China replaces European disintegration as the most commonly cited tail risk for the first time since January 2016, with 31% of global fund managers citing Chinese credit tightening as the biggest risk in the market

May 2017

Note The Robo Report™, First And Only Report On Robo Advisor Performance And Portfolios, Published By BackenDBenchmarking Now Available

Schwab Falls Off Leaderboard on Equity and Fixed Income, Vanguard Improves Equity; International and Emerging Markets Lead the Way For Performance in Q1 Report

April 2017

Note BofA Merrill Lynch April Fund Manager Survey finds investors turning to Eurozone stocks from U.S. equities

Investors are turning to Eurozone stocks from U.S. equities, the fifth largest rotation since 1999, despite the coming French election. Allocation to Eurozone equities rises to 15-month highs (net 48% overweight)...

April 2017

Note M&A in Asia shows signs of maturity

The number of Asian M&A deals completed in the first quarter of 2017 is the highest number deals in recent history according to Willis Towers Watson’s Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM). Asian acquirers completed 80 deals in Q1 compared to 62 the same quarter in (...)

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Note Retirement – The French paradox: savers choose very safe investments while harboring grand hopes as regards revenue and capital appreciation

Natixis Global Asset Management today published the results of its 1st annual survey of French individual investors with financial assets of between €75,000 and €300,000 held in banks. This survey of 984 clients of French banks was conducted in July (...)

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Note Trading and Internal Fraud

High profile cases of trading fraud and the associated financial losses by rogue traders have highlighted the strategic vulnerability in financial institutions.

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Note The impact of Solvency 2 on insurers asset allocation

Implications for asset allocation? Incitement to diversification? Optimization of the volatility hedging ratio ? Allocation depending on the level of wealth of the insurance company? Groupama AM updates on the impact of Solvency 2 for (...)

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Note The Robo Report™, First And Only Report On Robo Advisor Performance And Portfolios, Published By BackenDBenchmarking Now Available

Schwab Falls Off Leaderboard on Equity and Fixed Income, Vanguard Improves Equity; International and Emerging Markets Lead the Way For Performance in Q1 Report

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Note Investors’ Appetite for Gains Exceeds Their Stomach for Risk, and Index Funds May Not Deliver What They Want

Natixis Global Asset Management has released the results of its 2017 Global Individual Investor survey. A total of 8300 individual investors (400 in France) have been surveyed between February and March 2017 in 21 countries across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle (...)

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Note Estimating the Real Rate of Return on Stock Index

Judicious use of the rate of return framework on equity, or "cost of capital" facilitates decision-making within the financial industry by providing a metric for comparing different stock markets between them but also a comparison to other asset (...)

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Note EDHEC-Risk Institute study shows that it is possible to construct improved forms of risk parity strategies

In a new study entitled “Towards Conditional Risk Parity – Improving Risk Budgeting Techniques in Changing Economic Environments”, drawn from the Lyxor research chair on “Risk Allocation Solutions,” EDHEC-Risk Institute develops a conditional approach to risk (...)

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Note Fund managers optimistic about 2014

Although expectations for government bond yields continue to be near historic lows and concerns about low growth persist

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Note Is Factor Investing a Welfare-Improving New Investment Paradigm or Yet Another Marketing Fad?

In a new study entitled “Factor Investing: A Welfare-Improving New Investment Paradigm or Yet Another Marketing Fad?”, drawn from the Lyxor research chair on “Risk Allocation Solutions”, EDHEC-Risk examines the relative efficiency of standard forms of practical implementation of (...)

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Note Current approaches inadequate for assessing future longevity

The substantial increases in life expectancy witnessed in recent decades have been consistently underestimated, a new Swiss Re research report reveals. Robust, predictive approaches using forward-looking scenarios are (...)

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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...

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Note BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey Finds Investors Exuberantly Bullish on Europe After Promise of ECB Action

Global investors are significantly more positive on the outlook for Europe after the European Central Bank’s announcement of quantitative easing to reflate the region’s economy, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for (...)

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Note Listed family controlled businesses: an equity investment case

According SG Private Banking Equity research team, when talking about family owned businesses, one very often thinks about mom and pop’s diner; it is counting without the international brands. Family controlled firms are the most resilient and provide good vehicles to come (...)

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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 (...)

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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 (...)

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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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