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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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Note Pandemic has strengthened the sustainability and ESG focus in Islamic Finance, research shows

Islamic Finance is set to drive a growing focus on ESG and sustainability in the wider Halal economy, new research* with leading Islamic Finance professionals working across a wide range of sectors shows (please see the attached press (...)

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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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Investment & Hedging

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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, (...)

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News BMO Asset Management Inc. offers access to yield-enhancing segments of the bank funding market with its new BMO Canadian Bank Income Index ETF (ZBI)

BMO Asset Management Inc. offers investors convenient access to a portfolio of unique high yielding fixed income securities through the BMO Canadian Bank Income Index ETF (ZBI). This ETF seeks to replicate the performance of the Solactive Canada Bank Income (...)

Investment & Hedging

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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.

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Opinion Staying On Theme

When inflation, interest rates and global economic uncertainty are rising, cash today can seem more urgent than exposure to the markets of tomorrow—but could that mean investors risk missing out on the potential of thematic (...)

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Strategy We have reduced our equity exposure through option strategies

Samir Saadi, Multi-Asset Portfolio Manager of CPR AM explains that he started the year heavily invested in equities to capture the good momentum of this beginning of the year. Convinced that the year would be special, CPR AM introduced optional hedging (...)

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Opinion Chinese New Year - Year of the tiger: a focus on prosperity and productivity

As we move through 2022 we can expect an interesting year for China’s equity market given the pledge by the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) to use monetary tools to spur the economy and boost growth. The US and China are set to spend the year diverging on monetary (...)

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…

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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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