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December 2

People Moves Miles O’Connor appointed Chairman of Unigestion UK

Miles O’Connor has previously held the roles of Head of UK Institutional and Head of EMEA Institutional at Schroder Investment Management, and has over 30 years of corporate management experience in Europe. His track record of leading businesses in the financial services (...)

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African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a new SEK Green Bond transaction

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RBS fails BoE stress test, adopts new capital plan

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GAM launches GAM Systematic Global Equity Market Neutral

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Solactive launches Sustainable Development Goals World Index

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November 29

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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Patrick Delestra : "Investing in thematic equities makes sense only if we use a specialist fund manager"

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Salwa Boussoukaya-Nasr : « We look at all the existing strategies that are based on risk metrics, factor-based or fundamental values approaches. »

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News Meridiam reaches financial close in Turkey for Elazig integrated health campus PPP project with the first investment grade and social project bond enhanced by EBRD and MIGA

Meridiam, a leading global investor and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure, announced today that it has reached financial close for the Elazig Integrated Health Campus PPP Project.

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News 52% of HNW assets are placed in discretionary mandates, providing a growth opportunity for “robo-advisors”

When approaching wealth managers for investment management, high net worth (HNW) individuals are more likely to opt for discretionary mandates over other services, according to financial services research and insight firm Verdict (...)

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News Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust plc and BlackRock Income Strategies Trust plc merging to create a £500 million investment company

Aberdeen Asset Management is pleased to note the announcements issued today by Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust plc and BlackRock Income Strategies Trust plc, regarding the two investment companies merging to create...

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News Event Driven Moves Higher On Trump’s Market Rally

With U.S. data releases in the black and the Fed ready to act, Treasury yields kept creeping higher over the recent weeks. Meanwhile, the ECB recently signaled it may extend its bond buying program at the current € 80bn per month beyond March 2017 (the final decision is (...)

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Opinion From “low volatility growth” to “high volatility value”

In our view, the recent sharp market rotation that we have seen – from “low volatility growth” to “high volatility value” – is a continuation and acceleration of the trend change that has been underway since the third quarter of this year. The turning point for “quality growth” (...)

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People Moves Unigestion appoints Emanuele Ravano as Chairman of UNI-Global SICAV

Ravano will work closely with Unigestion’s senior management team and will be influential in mentoring and supporting Unigestion’s distribution initiatives. He is particularly well placed, given his previous experience, to support Unigestion’s accelerated distribution plans in (...)

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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 (...)

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Innovation Solactive introduces global gender diversity Index Licensed to UBS

Solactive, the German multi-asset index provider, is launching the Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index which will be licensed to UBS. The index enables investors to integrate a gender-focused perspective in their investment strategies by choosing companies from a global (...)

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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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News CalPERS Cuts Costs and Saves Pension Fund $922.5 Million Over a Five-Year Span

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration (Board) released the Annual Cost Efficiency and Effectiveness Report (PDF), detailing several initiatives that resulted in cost savings for the Pension Fund of $922.5 million over the past (...)

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Stories How Nick Leeson caused the collapse of Barings Bank

In 1995, the financial markets were shaken by a massive scandal. Barings, one of the most prestigious banks in the United Kingdom is bankrupt following losses caused by Nick Leeson, one of its traders, aged 28 (...)

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News Meridiam reaches financial close in Turkey for Elazig integrated health campus PPP project with the first investment grade and social project bond enhanced by EBRD and MIGA

Meridiam, a leading global investor and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure, announced today that it has reached financial close for the Elazig Integrated Health Campus PPP Project.

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News Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust plc and BlackRock Income Strategies Trust plc merging to create a £500 million investment company

Aberdeen Asset Management is pleased to note the announcements issued today by Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust plc and BlackRock Income Strategies Trust plc, regarding the two investment companies merging to create...

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Product What is CPPI (Constant Proportion Portfolio Insurance)?

CPPI or Constant Proportion Portfolio Insurance is a dynamic management technique that ensures a minimum guaranteed amount to an investor at the time of maturity

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News 52% of HNW assets are placed in discretionary mandates, providing a growth opportunity for “robo-advisors”

When approaching wealth managers for investment management, high net worth (HNW) individuals are more likely to opt for discretionary mandates over other services, according to financial services research and insight firm Verdict (...)

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News The market for catastrophe bonds (« Cat bonds ») remains dynamic!

Over the 12 months, the market for Cat bonds - bonds issued by securitization structure to refinance insurance risks related to natural disaster - remains dynamic, both in terms of volume and performance...

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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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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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Innovation Solactive introduces global gender diversity Index Licensed to UBS

Solactive, the German multi-asset index provider, is launching the Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index which will be licensed to UBS. The index enables investors to integrate a gender-focused perspective in their investment strategies by choosing companies from a global (...)

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News Swiss Re Corporate Solutions joins forces with Seguros Confianza, Colombia’s leading specialty insurer, and acquires a majority stake

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and owners of Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas S.A. Confianza ("Confianza") have signed an agreement under which Corporate Solutions will acquire a 51% stake in Confianza. This arrangement will provide Colombian corporate clients local access to (...)

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