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February 23

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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Emerging Markets: Another Year, Another Opportunity

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Getting ready for reflation

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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 (...)

January 18

Strategy Short covering in US Treasuries

T-note yields have had a somewhat volatile week. The yield on 10y notes traded as low as 2.30% before closing last week at 2.40%. Short positioning in US bonds has normalized thanks in part to successful auctions.

January 16

Strategy Record Buyback in US in 2017?

S&P 500 Buyback Index, which has hit the highest in late 2014/early 2015, had retreated outperformance during most of 2016. With Donald Trump’s victory in November, however, buyback indices and buyback related ETFs again hit the market (...)

January 9

Strategy Buy in January, Sell in May? The seasonality of commodity performance

Most commodities outperformance is skewed to the early months of the calendar year, according to ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading independent providers of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs).

December 2016

Strategy Why the ‘value’ shift favours Europe

John Bennett, Head of European Equities, shares his outlook for 2017. He sees the potential for a continued rotation from a growth to a value-driven market as the key factor for European equity investors next year. While he maintains an overall bullish outlook, John (...)

December 2016

Strategy European equities in 2017: the contrarian’s first choice?

According to Tim Stevenson, Director of European Equities at Henderson, 2017 will be an intriguing year. My expectation is that Europe will not self-destruct, but instead become a haven of stability while the UK tries to figure out what Brexit means (the UK Prime Minister’s (...)

December 2016

Strategy European value: political uncertainty affords opportunity

Nick Sheridan, European equities manager, provides his outlook for 2017, discussing how politics is likely to shape investor sentiment (much as it did in 2016) and how he is positioning his value-biased strategy to take advantage of any mis-priced (...)

November 2016

Strategy Should European markets be back on the menu?

​It has been and remains a tough time to be a European equity fund manager. That generally should be considered an immediate warning to look out for lame excuses as to why a fund is underperforming. Or it might actually be an interesting way of thinking about how political (...)

November 2016

Strategy Trumpflation : what now for investors?

Here we go again. As we saw post the UK’s EU Referendum result, financial markets sold off following Trump’s election win, with risk assets being the main casualty; however, by the end of Wednesday US equities were back in the black and investors took solace in Trump’s (...)

November 2016

Strategy Protecting From the Crash With Private Infrastructure Assets

CEPRES today released an analysis demonstrating how Private (unlisted) Infrastructure can act as a Hedge for Corporate Bonds, whilst significantly outperforming on returns. Using PE.Analyzer to analyze thousands of privately held Infrastructure assets, CEPRES found (...)

October 2016

Strategy CTAs Shave Off Bond Exposures As Treasury Yields Rise

Fixed income markets have faced some pressures lately, as investors fret about less accommodative monetary conditions going forward. In addition, higher energy prices have fuelled bond yields, as both OPEC members and (...)

October 2016

Strategy Opportunities in a low-return landscape

According to Richard Turnill, BlackRock’s Global Chief Investment Strategist, we live in a world of low prospective returns, as reflected in our latest five-year return outlook. We have lowered our return assumptions across most asset classes due to increased valuations, but (...)

October 2016

Strategy The right time to invest in emerging markets?

Complete reversal in emerging equity markets in 2016: the highly geared/cyclical/risky stocks that collapsed in 2015 skyrocketed in 2016. Where to go? In 2015, emerging markets have had stormy times. An unexpected devaluation of the Yuan, the collapse of numerous emerging (...)

October 2016

Strategy Emerging Market Debt – Stronger for Longer

Interest in emerging market (EM) assets is returning. With yields in developed bond markets almost non-existent, emerging debt looks particularly attractive. Paul McNamara, investment director for emerging market debt at GAM, explains why he still sees plenty of upside, (...)

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Strategy The four cardinal “smart beta” virtues, or how to use Plato as an investment philosophy

Etienne Vincent, head of THEAM’s global quantitative management, explains how the four main recurring sources of outperformance in the equity markets, extensively developed in the “smart beta” concept, can be likened to the four cardinal virtues described by Plato, the Greek (...)

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Strategy Risk factors: taking risk budgeting one step further

An increasing number of pension funds are opting to invest in ‘alternative’ or ‘smart beta’ indices to supplement their passive management activities. Several competing methods currently exist, each with their own objectives. Analysing the risk contribution of each factor by (...)

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Strategy Should European markets be back on the menu?

​It has been and remains a tough time to be a European equity fund manager. That generally should be considered an immediate warning to look out for lame excuses as to why a fund is underperforming. Or it might actually be an interesting way of thinking about how political (...)

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Strategy Subordinated debt – worth a look for yield-starved investors

Bonds yield little, while equities are not particularly cheap. Against that unappealing backdrop, looking beyond the beaten track for alternatives may prove rewarding. Anthony Smouha, CEO of Geneva-based Atlanticomnium, explains why he believes that junior debt could be an (...)

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Strategy Volatility : An asset class to make a portfolio more robust to crises

Investors, especially those of long-term maturity, should take advantage, to make their portfolios less vulnerable to episodes of market stress...

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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 How Smart is ‘Smart Beta’ Investing?

Investors increasingly embrace “smart beta” investing, by which we mean passively following an index in which stock weights are not proportional to their market capitalizations, but based on some alternative weighting scheme. Examples include fundamentally-weighted indices (...)

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Strategy Financial markets: hedging against new structural risks and stagflation

There are at least four new structural risks to consider: regulation, Middle East, euro zone’s crisis, and again the idea of a change in growth model of emerging countries.

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Strategy Climate change : a challenge for equities ?

According to Anne-Claire Abadie, Portfolio Manager - SRI, Allianz Global Investors, Climate change is a reality we can no longer ignore. In the wake of the COP21 held in Paris last year, assets owners and investors are now wondering about the possible impact of this new (...)

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Strategy Who is buying US equities ?

While the S&P 500 continues to brush up against its all-time highs and valuations remain relatively rich, we consider below the profile of US equity investors in light of the different sources of information that are available. First, note that the excess demand is not (...)

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Strategy Buy in January, Sell in May? The seasonality of commodity performance

Most commodities outperformance is skewed to the early months of the calendar year, according to ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading independent providers of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs).

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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 Where’s the value in global markets?

After years of market expansion across global equities and strong returns for many fixed-income sectors, are there still value opportunities out there? Or does it all look pricey? Four investment experts from across Natixis Global Asset Management share their views on (...)

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Strategy Who is still bullish on equities?

After a glorious and rather calm summer, characterised by a broad-based rally by risky assets, range trading by govies and declines in risk perception and volatility, which we examined last week, we now propose to run through the exposure of the main categories of (...)

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Strategy Results and Prospects in Emerging Markets

Glen Finegan, Head of Emerging Market Equities, provides a detailed update on the Henderson Emerging Markets Strategy, covering recent market drivers, performance and activity, and his outlook for the asset class.

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Strategy “Diversified Equity Factor Investing” combines four complementary factors that are loosely correlated with one another

Based on factor investment, this innovative approach capitalises on the attractive performances thus far of smart beta strategies. It is based on the combination, within the same portfolio, of four complementary factors that are loosely correlated with one another: Quality, (...)

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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 : Diversified Equity Factor Investing | Smart Beta positionning and outlook within current asset management framework | Risk factor investing | Growing interest from investors in Smart Beta ETFs (...)

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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