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December 14

Strategy How does ‘quantamental’ fit with factor investing?

‘Quantamental’ is a relatively new portmanteau word in asset management lingo. Its creation is indicative of a trend in our industry. Quantamental is the fruit of the marriage of the quantitative and fundamental (also known as judgmental) disciplines in managing (...)

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Are we heading for a bear market?

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2018 Outlook: 75% of institutional investors say current environment favors active management

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Eurex Market-on-Close Futures : Benefiting the market: a listed solution for basis trading | Application opportunities | Key benefits | Eliminated slippage risk

ETF & Index Management: Criteria used to select ETF | Measuring Performance of ETF | Passive vs Active | Build an allocation with ETF..

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BlackRock has expanded its Asian equity fund range by launching the BlackRock Global Funds (BGF) China Flexible Equity Fund

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Legg Mason launches global emerging markets fund

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December 7

Interview Isabelle Bourcier : “Our ambitions is to grow in Smart Beta and SRI ETFs”

Evolution of the ETF market, impact of the regulations, ongoing development at BNP Paribas Asset Management...Isabelle Bourcier, Head of quantitative and index management at BNP Paribas Asset Management shares its view with (...)

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Pieter Entius : « Eurex Market-on-Close (MOC) delivers a listed solution for basis trading »

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Opinion According to Natixis Asset Management: “adaptability and flexibility will be the watchwords on the markets in 2018”

Corporates and households seem to have regained their confidence in the future in 2017 against a flattering macroeconomic backdrop. However, Natixis Asset Management’s experts caution against excessive optimism, as 2018 will not be entirely devoid of events that could throw a (...)

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Interview Régis Pinguet : “The two criteria used to select ETFs are its assets under management and on the other hand its replication methodology.”

Régis Pinguet, head of the fund selection and analysis department at CNP Assurances, tells us more about its use of ETFs

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Interview Christophe Cattoir : “For our equity fund - weighing 10% of our assets - the trackers represent approximately 25% of our allocation”

Christophe Cattoir, head of asset management at M comme Mutuelle chooses firstly trackers with high quality of index replication. Secondly, he makes sure to choose top ETF providers because these products carry a counterparty (...)

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News CalPERS’ Real Assets Program to Purchase Stake in Wind Farms

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase an 80 percent cash equity interest in Rocky Caney Holdings LLC, which owns two wind farms, the Caney River facility in Elk County, Kansas, and the Rocky Ridge (...)

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Opinion Despite fears about the Bitcoin ’bubble’ bursting, the price of the new digital coins is going through the roof

According to Daniele Bianchi, of Warwick Business School, is Assistant Professor of Finance and he researches crypto-currencies incluing Bitcoin, despite fears about the Bitcoin ’bubble’ bursting, the price of the new digital coins is going through the (...)

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News 10 years on, world’s biggest banks keep getting bigger

A decade after the financial crisis, the U.S. continues to debate whether financial reforms put an end to ’too big to fail’ — the concept that banking institutions are so large and integral to the financial system that the government could not afford to let them go (...)

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Innovation TOBAM launches first Bitcoin mutual fund in Europe

TOBAM, the Smart Beta pioneer, announced today the launch of the TOBAM Bitcoin Fund, an unregulated Alternative Investment Fund, set up in France. The fund, the first of its kind in Europe, will allow qualified and institutional investors wanting to gain an exposure to the (...)

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Innovation BNP Paribas Asset Management launches European loan fund and appoints new credit analysts

Building on the success of its global corporate loan fund, BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) has launched BNP Paribas Flexi III European Senior Corporate Loans and appointed two new credit analysts.

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News Natixis: two new brands in asset management and private banking

The asset management and private banking businesses are adopting new brands. Natixis Global Asset Management becomes Natixis Investment Managers, and Banque Privée 1818 becomes Natixis Wealth Management.

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Product Chinese Stocks in Focus

China’s stock market is one of the surprises of 2017. In early March developed market equities reached their highest point in euro terms but slipped thereafter, while stocks from emerging countries, especially from China, have continued to grow at a (...)

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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 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 (...)

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Product How to develop a quantitative model for stock picking ?

Cyrille Collet, Christian Lopez and Alexander Decoene from CPR AM show us how to make static combinations of factors to create a model for stock picking on a given universe ...

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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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Stories Capital Fund Management: Simply the best?

Discus Fund, one of CFM flagship funds, posted 23 percent year-to-date positive returns as of october end, the best performance amongst all the global systematic funds. This is the confirmation the know-how of the French manager which has shown exceptional trackrecords for (...)

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People Moves Corrine Ng joins Aviva as Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs) Analyst for North America

She will report to Sherry Rexroad, Senior Portfolio Manager, REITs, North America and work closely with the rest of the Global REIT team in London, Singapore and Australia.

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News AnaCap Financial Europe completes €325 million senior secured floating rate

AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), the specialist European financial services private equity firm, is pleased to announce the successful offering by AnaCap Financial Europe S.A. SICAV-RAIF (“AFE”) of €325 million of senior secured floating rate notes due (...)

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Stories Peter Cruddas, 2007 richest selfmade man in the City and U.K entrepreneur of the year

Launched with just £ 10 000 by Cruddas 18 years ago, CMC Markets has managed to develop its business on the derivatives market to private investors and is now a major global brokers on CFD ...

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Strategy Concentrated long-short investing to achieve absolute return

According to Amit Kumar and Ashish Kochar, US Equity Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investment, investor caution on market outlook places increased focus on generating alpha. Long-short equity portfolios have the potential to generate greater alpha as individual (...)

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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 (...)

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