October 26

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 (...)


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European Smart Beta ETF market flows continued to be sustained in Q3 2016.

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Solactive launches Sustainable Development Goals World Index


Loomis Sayles announces new us and global growth equity UCITS funds


October 19

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

According to Salwa Boussoukaya-Nasr, CFO of FRR (« Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites ») the French reserve fund, developments are necessary for more transparency for the turnover costs generated by the implementation of Smart Beta (...)


A growing interest from investors in Smart Beta ETFs with more requirements and challenges to address


Michel Manteau : « We have mainly chosen minimum variance strategies because we seek to reduce the volatility of our equity portfolio »



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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.


News Luxembourg and the EIB pioneering in the field of innovative climate finance to support high impact climate action projects

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Investment Bank launch the Luxembourg-EIB Climate Finance Platform, aiming to mobilise investments for projects with a strong impact in the fight against climate change...


News TOM shareholders to explore strategic alternatives

The shareholders of TOM have agreed to actively support TOM in finding a new strategic partner that will enable TOM to realise the next step in its development.


News TrackInsight raises EUR 2.5 million from NewAlpha Asset Management and Aviva France

TrackInsight SAS is pleased to announce two new investments in its capital from the FinTech fund managed by New Alpha Asset Management and the insurance company, Aviva France. TrackInsight has now raised over EUR 4 million in development (...)


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 (...)


News Macro funds’ patience on Fed and Brexit pays off

Nervousness rose last week as investors continued to prepare for a December Fed hike - increasingly likely - and ahead of the US elections. US rates, the dollar and breakevens progressed, while equities dropped (...)


People Moves Jupiter appoints Alejandro Arevalo to build emerging market debt strategy

Alejandro, who has more than 18 years’ experience of investing in emerging markets, will join Jupiter as a fund manager later this year from Pioneer Investments, where he has worked for four years as an emerging markets corporate debt portfolio (...)


Interview George Szemere : "Our investment process leads us to include 25-40 different risk premia in the portfolio"

According to George Szemere, Head of Global Strategic Relations & Liquid Alternatives, Columbia Threadneedle, there is a growing understanding that extracting returns from a traditional asset-allocation mix is going to be (...)


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, (...)


Opinion Hard time for sterling

According to Luc Luyet and Frederik Ducrozet, Asset Allocation & Macro Research, Pictet Wealth Management, the sharp drop of the sterling on Friday 7 October at the start of trading in Asia with the currency declining 6% in the course of twenty minutes was the climax of (...)

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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 (...)


Private Markets Altran acquires SWELL, a leading provider of engineering services for the automotive industry in Germany, Eastern & Northern Europe

Altran has announced today the acquisition of SWELL, a leading provider of automotive engineering, development and testing services, based in the Czech Republic.


Private Markets CNP Assurances supports the launch of the start-up Alan on the top-up health insurance market

On the occasion of a fund-raising operation totalling €12 million, CNP Assurances took a stake in the Alan, the leading independent insurance company launched in France in 1986.


News TrackInsight raises EUR 2.5 million from NewAlpha Asset Management and Aviva France

TrackInsight SAS is pleased to announce two new investments in its capital from the FinTech fund managed by New Alpha Asset Management and the insurance company, Aviva France. TrackInsight has now raised over EUR 4 million in development (...)


Salary & Bonus The Billionaire Financiers

In spite of the economic crisis, almost half of the 45 new entrants on the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, have made their fortunes in Hedge Funds and Private Equity. Next Finance carries out a survey on (...)


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


Stories JP Morgan (1837-1913), founder of a leading institution

As one of the most influent American businessmen at the beginning of the 20th century, John Pierpont Morgan saved the US financial system more than once. He also initiated several important mutations of the US financial (...)


News AnaCap acquires €2 billion NPL portfolios from GE and RBS

AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), the specialist European financial services private equity firm, has announced the successful completion of the acquisition of two portfolios of Italian non-performing loans (NPLs) with a face value of more than €2 (...)


Salary & Bonus Determination of Salaries

How are salaries fixed? Are they controlled by companies? Or by the State? Perhaps they are controlled by syndicates? Or is it an obscure system controlled by hidden forces? Not at all. Long term, itʼs a different (...)


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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