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May 18

Strategy Industry 4.0: The new industrial revolution is under way

Data, digitalisation and connectivity of means of production have led to considerable advances in industry in recent years. on top of productivity gains and shifts in production modes, this trend is disruptive in the way in which it will completely alter some sectors of (...)

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April 27

Strategy Low volatility, the hidden factor

Robert Haugen, who discovered the low-volatility anomaly in 1972, wrote numerous articles and books to try to popularise what he called the ‘hidden factor’. To some extent, it was only the advent of smart beta investment strategies that turned his dream into reality, as low (...)

April 21

Strategy CPR Invest - Global disruptive opportunities, disruptive forces at work for healthcare

Interaction between conventional medical research and the high tech industry has led to considerable progress in healthcare in recent years. faster and more effective treatments are in this way able to reduce costs.

April 20

Strategy Quality, the positive factor

Quality is positive: it is about good companies that are efficient at managing their businesses profitably, creating shareholder value and being rewarded with above average returns. Yet, quality is not always easy to recognise or measure. Here are a few pointers for avoiding (...)

April 19

Strategy Trade war risk fades, for now

We see a reduced near-term risk of trade wars, as President Donald Trump’s White House appears to have softened its stance toward both the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and China. This could benefit emerging markets (...)

April 18

Strategy Policy uncertainty vs economic certainty

Policy uncertainty was recently been at the highest levels we have ever seen. However spreads have remained relatively tight and volatility was close to record low levels. The cash bond market is still trading in a tight range in the past couple of months and implied vols (...)

April 11

Strategy How Do Hedge Funds Position Ahead of the Atypical French Elections?

Hedge funds generated alpha last week. Global Macro funds outperformed thanks to higher dollar and oil prices. Amid slightly negative global equities, L/S Equity funds succeeded in extracting excess returns, especially in Europe through relative (...)

March 30

Strategy Value, the obvious factor

All famous investors from Benjamin Graham to Warren Buffet have, first and foremost, been fervent advocates of value investing. Value can be assessed in very diverse ways and value investing can also suffer from some drawbacks. Here are a few pointers for understanding value (...)

March 29

Strategy Buying the oil dip

A recent drop in energy-related assets looks to be overdone. We believe this creates opportunities in selected energy equities and credit — even as we see oil prices trading mostly sideways in the near term.

March 28

Strategy What are the appropriate investment strategies in today’s volatile market?

Macro-economic figures are currently strong almost everywhere in the World. The ISM index is back to its local high in the US, PMI indices are also well oriented in Europe, China has stopped being a concern and even Japan’s growth seems to be coming back, albeit (...)

March 27

Strategy Four picks for investors following last week

Equities and bonds strengthened worldwide, but the dollar weakened because of the Fed’s more dovish tone on future rate rises. Whilst now at 1%, there is the suggestion another two rate rises will happen in 2017, this is still below some of the market’s more fearful (...)

March 13

Strategy How can investors navigate European politics and US monetary policy?

Strong US economic data and a more hawkish Fed saw the US Treasury index yield climb 20 bps, pushing performance down last week and putting pressure on fixed income exposures. Corporate bonds performed better — as expected — but the best position was in high yield with a short (...)

February 7

Strategy Emerging Markets: Another Year, Another Opportunity

Paul McNamara, investment director responsible for GAM’s emerging market strategies, looks ahead to 2017 and reflects that the likely drivers of EM local currency bond markets are the same ones that led to overall outperformance last (...)

January 30

Strategy Getting ready for reflation

We believe now is a good time to ready bond portfolios for reflation: improving growth, wage gains and higher inflation. We see global reflation running further in 2017 and spurring a modest rise in global bond (...)

January 30

Strategy TNote-Bund correlation: new regime

2016 marked a watershed for the sovereign bond market. European bonds underwent a sharp selloff in Q4 2016, this when the year had kicked off on a bullish note that lasted right through to September. The political events in 2016, the outlook for growth and for inflation and (...)

January 26

Strategy Equities continued to make new highs but many risks are emerging on the horizon

Equities continued to make new highs as we moved into 2017, but we are mindful that the outlook is littered with macro-economic and political risks – not least the forthcoming elections in France, Holland and Germany, Article 50, and President Donald (...)

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Strategy Agricultural land rush of investment funds!

After launching products indexed to changes in prices of agricultural products, many banks and investment funds are turning now to the land acquisition...

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Strategy CPR Invest - Global disruptive opportunities, disruptive forces at work for healthcare

Interaction between conventional medical research and the high tech industry has led to considerable progress in healthcare in recent years. faster and more effective treatments are in this way able to reduce costs.

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Strategy Is Low Volatility investing overcrowded?

One may reasonably argue that the recent flows into the Low Volatility strategies might affect their future performance because of the flow pressure on the prices of the companies that generally are selected by this investment approach. More recently, some market (...)

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Strategy Asset Allocation: waiting for policy normalisation

Normalisation of monetary policy in the West is the most significant challenge facing markets after an unprecedented period of low interest rates. Given the levels of debt, the process will necessarily take a long time and the repercussions on the rest of the global economy (...)

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Strategy An example of Quantitative Strategy: The Low Volatility approach

Low volatility indices and, more broadly, products based on quantitative strategies aiming to select only low-volatility stocks, have met with growing success with the financial community and investors. However, most of these indices have major drawbacks that cannot always (...)

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Strategy Five Emerging-Market Brands to Watch

Abracadabra! – here come emerging-market brands. Now that Alibaba has proved it can be done, expect to see more. Here’s a look at five possibles.

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Strategy Liquidity across markets and macro environment

Market liquidity plays a crucial role in the stability of financial system and central banks across the world pay a close attention to the development of liquidity in all asset classes. In this report, we discuss what do currents liquidity conditions imply for the market (...)

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Strategy Why is smart beta a true revolution?

So what is “smart beta”? A mere revolt against traditional indices? No, Sir, it’s a true revolution – the factor investing revolution. The questioning of allegiance to traditional indices, which until now were used broadly despite some serious drawbacks, has only just begun, but (...)

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Strategy The potential of trend-following strategies remains intact

Penalised at the peak of the European debt crisis by highly correlated and non-trending markets, trend-following funds have retained their unrivalled ability to improve the efficiency of an investment portfolio. Better consideration of the issues associated with risk (...)

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Strategy Neural networks, the future of trading?

It is the latest innovation of algorithmic trading, and perhaps one of the most promising ...

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Strategy A smart selection process for ETFs

Logic might suggest that all ETFs replicating the same market index are themselves the same. And yet, you do not have to be an experienced ETF investor to know that this is clearly a misconception. In practice, performance can vary. It is necessary to know which objective (...)

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Strategy Bond market headaches: The Fed and Greece but select opportunities remain

A cagey US Federal Reserve and unfinished business in Greece will likely continue to unsettle the credit markets, but Australian government bonds may offer one route to mitigate risk, and select opportunities exist in countries such as Cyprus and India, according to Ariel (...)

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Strategy Management of hedge fund portfolios during crisis periods: the contribution of systematic overlays

The implementation of systematic overlays can be considered as an alternative to short-term rebalancing of hedge fund portfolios, or as an active component of alternative allocations.

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Strategy 10-year yields for BTP, Bono and IGB at or below level for TNote: an anomaly?

Mario Draghi’s communication skills have proved exceptionally effective. Since the famous “whatever it takes” in 2012, yields for peripheral sovereign debts have converged sharply towards levels for German debt. Yields for BTPs, Bonos and IGBs sit at record (...)

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Strategy Which assets will be on a roll until May?

Our recommendations proceed from three factors, which are that macroeconomic risks (US cycle, Chinese cycle, upturn in crude prices to around USD 40/bbl) will subside in the short term, that QE will be ramped up by the ECB (from EUR 60bn to EUR 80bn) and, finally, the risk (...)

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Strategy CPR AM has recently launched CPR Invest – Global Disruptive Opportunities | A look back at an accelerating phenomenon: disruption

The recently theorised phenomenon of "disruption" is defined as a process whereby a product, a service or a solution disrupts the rules on an already established market. Technological progress, along with the globalisation of trade and demographic changes are now helping to (...)

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Hidden assets

Learn about hidden assets (volatility, correlation,...) and related strategies

Multi-asset funds

Special Focus on Multi-asset funds: Prevent structural asset allocation biases to improve responsiveness, Allocation strategy for 2017, Multi-Asset Funds Face Investors Scrutiny on Flexibility…

Smart Beta

Special focus on Smart Beta & Factor Investing : Beta positionning and outlook within current asset management framework | Risk factor investing | Factors Value, Momentum, Low Volatility, Quality | Smart Beta and Low Carbon | Smart Beta and (...)

Strategies on dividend derivatives

Dividends : New strategies - Analysis, investment perspectives and strategies on dividend derivatives....

Alternative Risk Premia

Alternative Risk Premia: Alternative Risk Premia strategies | Using Risk Premia for a true diversified portfolio | Investors Increase Pressure on Hedge Funds to Lower Fees | Combining différent styles for risk premia (...)

Infrastructure

Infrastructure : A Growing asset class | The role of pension funds | Energy infrastructure | The MLP example | Accessing the US Energy Infrastructure with MLP ETFs....

ETF & Index Management

ETF & Index Management: ETF Liquidity, Measuring Performance of ETF, ETF Marketplace, Top 10 Providers...

China

China : Invest in domestic chinese stocks with ETFS-E Fund MSCI China A GO UCITS | Chinese domestic equities could benefit from more economic stimulus| Li Kequiang’s Chinese growth indicator …

Gestion Obligataire

Gestion Obligataire : Quelle allocation d’actifs obligataires ? | Rallonger la maturité des investissements | La recherche de rendement, un exercice de plus en plus difficile | Investir en volatilité sur les obligations américaines | Déclin de la liquidité du crédit | Rendements (...)

Gestion Action

Gestion Action – Comment investir dans les actions thématiques ? Small Caps, Growth, Value, Momentum, High Dividend, Equity Europe Income Defensive... Quel style de gestion pour quel rendement/risque ? La bulle sur les stratégies à faible volatilité est-elle en train d’éclater (...)

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