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Interview Yann Duvaud-Schelnast : "Our entire portfolio - whether on listed or non-listed asset is subject to an ESG analysis / review"

According to Yann Duvaud-Schelnast, Head of Sustainable Investment, innovation and governance at Allianz France, the subject of carbon occupies a key place to date in the insurer’s ESG strategy.

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Joachim Fels & Nicolas Mai : « The Coronavirus outbreak poses some downside risk to the forecasts »

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Bertrand Alfandari : « We have broadened our range mainly by adding equity and bond ETFs with an ESG approach »

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December 2019

Interview Jean-Philippe Médecin : « The CNP’s subordinated green bond issue was a great success »

CNP Assurances has successfully launched its first subordinated green bond issuance. Jean-Philippe Médecin, the director of the prop trading and financing department at CNP Assurances, gave us more details.

May 2019

Interview Simon Bond : “Our European Social Bond Fund is carefully managed with a mix of maturities to offer daily liquidity”

According to Simon Bond, Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Bond Fund manager, the fund aims to balance three key elements: clear social impact, daily liquidity and financial return with a similar risk/return profile as a regular investment grade (...)

April 2019

Interview Pascal Koenig : « We believe that these concentration movements should continue, including among the leading players »

According to Pascal Koenig, Partner at Deloitte, Head of asset management, the operations of M&A, search for new shareholders, team transfers have multiplied in France in recent months. He believes that these concentration movements should continue, including among the (...)

March 2019

Interview Pierre Valentin ; “We have placed SRI at the heart of our investment philosophy”

According to Pierre Valentin, chairman of Ecofi Investissements, except for wealth management Ecofi’s entire range of open funds is 100 % SRI this year, whether it for equity, bond, money market or multi-asset funds.

March 2019

Interview Climate change: from fantasy to reality

Global warming has been an issue for many years now. It is often regarded as a long-term challenge. That is certainly true, except that the “long term” is now close at hand, and climate change’s economic impact can already be measured in several major (...)

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 (...)

January 2019

Interview Guillaume Abel : “SRI is becoming THE relevant fund management”

According to Guillaume Abel, head of business development of La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM), SRI is becoming THE relevant fund management. LBPAM plans to launch a Green Bond fund to come in 2019 and the creation of tailor-made SRI model portfolios to monitor the (...)

January 2019

Interview The Rise of TRFs – How Funds Use Them to Generate Alpha

Hedge funds and traditional institutional investors are increasingly turning to total return futures (TRFs) to get exposure to the repo market related to an underlying index such as the EURO STOXX 50® Index. Antoine Deix, Senior Equity Derivatives Strategist at BNP Paribas, (...)

January 2019

Interview Héléna Charrier : “Dialogue is the first lever of decarbonisation for investments in the companies financed”

According to Héléna Charrier, director of responsible investment projects at Caisse des Dépôts, Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiary Bpifrance also want to support the decarbonisation of their investment portfolios in unlisted (...)

September 2018

Interview Ten years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers

According to Olaf Tölke, team leader, corporates, Scope Ratings, low interest rates are a major problem because they don’t reflect the true cost of risk. The result is that enterprises and individuals have taken on more and more debt simply because it is (...)

December 2017

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

December 2017

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 (...)

December 2017

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

Higher efficiency and less risk - Eurex Market-on-Close Futures are designed to deliver multiple benefits to a market that has so far been dominated by OTC trading. Pieter Entius, Head of Trading at Flow Traders, shares his insights what are the key drivers and benefits from (...)

November 2017

Interview Estelle Ménard : "The cycle of mergers and acquisitions is far from over"

Estelle Ménard, Deputy Head of Thematic Equities Management and Fund Manager of the fund CPR Invest–Europe Special Situations at CPR AM believes that an environment of long-term moderate growth is a strong driver for boosting both economic and financial restructuring (...)

October 2017

Interview Philippe Goubeault : « More than twenty percent of our total reserves are managed through a process based on non-financial criteria »

According to Philippe Goubeault, CFO of Agirc-Arrco, Responsible finance has become an essential part of its investment policy. As a result, all their request for proposals now include an SRI part.

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Interview Bruno Dupire: «The problem of finance is not to compute......»

A pioneer of local volatility models and leader of quantitative research at Société Générale then Paribas, Bruno Dupire, gives us his vision of markets and responds to criticism of the local volatility...

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Interview Philippe Mills : « This year, half of the net buyers of French debt come from Asia and the Middle East »

What is the role of the French Treasury Agency (AFT)? Who holds the French debt? How are OAT and BTF issues conducted? Philip Mills, CEO of the French Treasury Agency answers Next Finance questions...

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Interview Elie Ayache : « The trading of derivatives products has nothing to do with the probability distributions»

He was among the first volatility traders in the matif ! ITO33 Founder and former head of research at Dexia AM, Elie Ayache gives us his thoughts on the derivatives markets he defines as the technology...

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Interview Total Return Derivatives: Can Repo Emerge as a New Asset Class?

According to Antoine Porcheret, Senior Equity & Derivative Strategist at BNP Paribas, Total Return Futures constitute a listed solution to mitigate concerns surrounding the envisaged introduction of bilateral margining for non-cleared OTC (...)

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Interview François Lhabitant : «We have received dozens of proposals but only one long / short manager passed our selection ! »

Established in 2001, Kedge Capital manages the assets of the Bertarelli family. The company invests successfully nearly $ 6 billion in hedge funds, for a net return of 6.7% annually since its inception...

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

Higher efficiency and less risk - Eurex Market-on-Close Futures are designed to deliver multiple benefits to a market that has so far been dominated by OTC trading. Pieter Entius, Head of Trading at Flow Traders, shares his insights what are the key drivers and benefits from (...)

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Interview Philippe Goubeault : « We could replace a benchmarked fund by a ’Smart Beta’ index »

According to Philippe Goubeault, CFO of Agirc Arrco, ’Smart Beta’ strategies can already be part of the asset allocation program of Agirc and Arrco even if their current weight in existing portfolios is not significant (...)

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Interview Jad Comair : « We have much more interesting entry points to our dividend Futures strategies than those of our competitors in other asset classes »

Spin-off of the trading department of Société Générale, Jad Comair and his team have created Melanion Capital in order to provide investors with a new source of return on an innovative asset class , dividend Futures.

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Interview Donald A. Steinbrugge : « A new CTA fund must have a strong differential advantage to have any chance of competing in the institutional market place. »

Donald A. Steinbrugge, managing partner at Agecroft Partners – US third party marketing firm specialized in hedge funds - gave us information regarding demand from institutional investors for CTAs

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Interview Jean Louis Monnier : « There is a very practical demonstration of the decorrelation of the ILS market »

According to Jean Louis Monnier, head of European ILS at Swiss Re, direct investment in Insurance Linked Securities is a market reserved to qualified institutional investors which manage a minimum of 100 million dollars and which have the ability to evaluate the risk (...)

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Interview Pierre Richert : « It is important to enhance transparency, performance attribution and especially regulation for quant funds »

Pierre Richert, Agrica CFO – mutual company dedicated to the agriculture sector – still does not invest in quant funds. He considers necessary to enhance transparency, performance attribution and especially regulation for this kind of (...)

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Interview Arnaud Chrétien and Serge Darolles : «The objective of QuantValley is to become the calling card for French Quantitive management»

Challenges, positioning and quantative management outlook in France. Arnaud Chrétien and Serge Darolles, respectively Chairman and deputy chairman of QuantValley, answer our questions and introduce us to their project aimed at promoting Paris’ image as a city of (...)

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Interview François Millet: « In some Dutch pension funds, ’Smart Beta’ indices exceed 40% of their core portfolio »

According to François Millet, Product Line Manager ETF & Indexing at Lyxor Asset Management, "Smart Beta" is intended to be located in the core portfolio of institutional investors, weighing generally between 10% and 40% of their passive (...)

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Interview Antoine Prudent : « InPact Advisory is currently conducting a mission for 5 large Swiss institutional investors willing to invest in an Alternative Risk Premia strategy »

According to Antoine Prudent, founding partner of InPact Advisory, the advantage of Risk Premia products is also to reduce costs compared to the usual pricing for alternative products…

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Interview Agnès Lossi : "We expect a lot of progress in terms of dynamic balance sheet management and capital steering including their volatility, which is probably the major challenge for institutions."

According to Agnès Lossi, Partner and Director at Indefi, market risk contribution to capital requirements is high. It represents almost 50 % of the capital needs.

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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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