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February 2019

Interview Bruno Servant & François Garreau : « Climate change and its consequences is a major challenge for the insurance industry and its business model »

According to Bruno Servant, CIO, Generali France and François Garreau, in charge of CSR, Generali France, as institutional investors, insurance companies have to take long term positions to manage risks in coherence with the long term horizon of its (...)

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Strategy Reducing portfolio volatility top priority for european pension funds, new research from alpha real capital reveals

European pension funds say reducing absolute portfolio volatility is their top risk management priority, as geopolitical tensions and high inflation continue to impact global investment markets.

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Regulation

Regulation The latest episode in the PRIIPs saga

The application of PRIIPs has been mired in controversy. Our view remains that the latest attempts to address problems with the regulation are a step forward but fail to remedy the fundamental flaws. The analysis of Anastasia Petraki, Head of Policy Research at (...)

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News Strives Asset Management Launches Strive 500 ETF, Tracking Solactive GBS United States 500 Index

With the increasing likelihood of a recession on the horizon as inflation rises, investors might want to turn into diversifying their portfolios with options that traditionally are less susceptible to downturns or usually recover from bear markets and (...)

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Innovation Grayscale Investments Launches First European ETF: Grayscale Future of Finance UCITS ETF

Graycale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager, today announced its first European ETF, Grayscale Future of Finance UCITS ETF (ticker: GFOF), will list on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), Borsa Italiana, and Deutsche Börse Xetra. GFOF will also be (...)

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Innovation CNP Infrastructures Durables: CNP Assurances and Meridiam’s new innovative and sustainable unit-linked vehicle

CNP Assurances and Meridiam join forces to launch the unit-linked vehicle CNP Infrastructures Durables. Reserved exclusively for CNP Patrimoine’s distributor partners, it offers individuals access to a portfolio of mature, sustainable and ecological infrastructures (...)

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Innovation CI Global Asset Management Launches Two ETFs Tracking Solactive Innovation Indices: CI Bio-Revolution ETF and CI Digital Security ETF

CI Global Asset Management (“CI GAM”) releases two thematic ETFs tracking Solactive’s innovation indices, expanding its engagement with the German index provider.

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News Solactive Launches PAB High-Yield (Y) Indices and Enlarges Paris-Aligned Index Family

Investors have been increasingly considering aligning investment decisions with ESG values. In 2021, this focus increased as the entire world watched heads of states’ debates on effective actions against climate change at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, (...)

Investment & Hedging

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Opinion A High-Yielding Haven

As an ever-more-aggressive rate-hiking cycle rocks the financial markets, might corporate credit offer a space that is both remunerative and relatively calm? Last week brought the third consecutive 75-basis-point rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The market had even (...)

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Opinion The Uncertainty May Be Worse Than the Slowdown

We do think the onset of recession is a time to tread carefully, but it could also be a time of opportunity for equity investors.

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Opinion What’s hot: Suspension of EU ETS unlikely

Sharply rising energy prices are pressuring politicians to react. Last week the European Commission called for an overhaul of the electricity market following price increases in excess of 20% in a single day in France. The European Commission is talking tough but is offering (...)

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Opinion Are recession concerns overdone?

Mark Nash and Huw Davies assess the prospects for global growth in an environment of heightened geopolitical tensions, rising inflation and interest rates and China’s zero-Covid policy.

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Opinion Descending From Extremes Is a Rocky Process

To understand the current volatility, it helps to get reacquainted with just how out of whack things were coming into 2022—in terms of both magnitude and timing.

Focus - Institutional

Interview Jean-Philippe Médecin : “Solvency II did not lead to a significant decline in our equity exposures”

Jean-Philippe Médecin, funding and asset-liability management director within the CNP Assurances investment department and its team are increasingly integrating hedges to limit the effects of market drawdowns…

Selection - Institutional

Strategy Gregory Guerrand : " Our Low Carbon 100 Europe Theam Easy UCITS ETF is a solution for investors who want to decarbonise their portfolio "

Gregory Guerrand, a specialist in index investments at THEAM, has agreed to answer a few questions about the Low Carbon 100 Europe Theam Easy UCITS exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Strategy Controling investment risk in commodities investment

Commodities exhibit unique characteristics including low correlations with bonds and equities and inflation-hedging abilities. These have made commodities an attractive addition to diversified portfolios and have generated growing interest in commodity (...)

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 (...)

Note The true nature of the derivative contract on French debt

The multiplication of misinterpretations related to the launch of the derivative contract on French debt leads to an apolitical analysis produced by a market professional to avoid amalgam and populism: This is a simple and useful contract, which was traded in the past in (...)

Opinion Risk free assets ?

But what is safe? Is it the AAA or AA rating provided by rating agencies such as S&P and Moody’s? Does “safe” equal goodwill bonds issued by sovereign countries such as France, Japan, the United Kingdom or the United States? (...)

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