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Note How well are European asset owners’ portfolios aligned with the Paris Agreement’s climate goals?

WWF identified the largest asset owners in 11 European countries and approached 88 of them to undertake a forward-looking climate scenario assessment. 33 agreed to disclose their climate alignment results in this report for a set of key climate-relevant technologies: coal (...)

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BofA Merrill Lynch October Fund Manager Survey finds investors most bearish on global growth since 2007

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The CAT bonds market remains dynamic

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July 2018

Note Versatility of ETFs driving usage among European Institutions

Facing a set of fast-changing global market conditions, European institutional investors are utilizing the versatility of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to adjust their portfolios, and integrating ETFs more deeply into both tactical and strategic investment processes and (...)

April 2018

Note DB pension schemes adapting to change as paths for global retirement diverge, BlackRock study finds

As the world’s defined-benefit pension funds travel toward two very different futures, a new study by BlackRock marks their progress. The study compares the changes underway at corporate DB plans, which are winding down, with the evolution of public and other non-corporate (...)

April 2018

Note Asset quality is becoming less of an existential threat for the Italian banking sector on aggregate

Heavy scrutiny by supervisors has put the balance sheet clean-up plans of Italian banks under the spotlight; reducing NPEs has emerged as a key element of the banks’ business plans. Intesa and UniCredit look well placed to achieve their targets by (...)

January 2018

Note Global institutional investors braced for market risks and pursuing an active approach in 2018

Faced with low interest rates and relatively high valuations for risk assets, large global institutional investors are looking to protect themselves against downturn risks through maintaining their cash levels and selectively increasing allocations to active strategies, (...)

October 2017

Note New EDHEC study of private infrastructure debt shows that defining ’infrastructure’ correctly pays off for investors

A new paper analysing the characteristics of the EDHEC Infrastructure Institute private debt index shows that private infrastructure debt only delivers better risk-adjusted returns than corporate debt when it is narrowly and correctly (...)

October 2017

Note Insurers looking to investment portfolios to improve profitability

BlackRock’s sixth annual global survey of 300 senior insurance executives found that two-thirds of insurers agree that re-thinking the investment portfolio will be vital to maintaining or improving the future profitability of their business. Over two-fifths (41%) said they (...)

September 2017

Note Investors’ Appetite for Gains Exceeds Their Stomach for Risk, and Index Funds May Not Deliver What They Want

Natixis Global Asset Management has released the results of its 2017 Global Individual Investor survey. A total of 8300 individual investors (400 in France) have been surveyed between February and March 2017 in 21 countries across Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle (...)

September 2017

Note The unstoppable rise of alternatives

The world’s largest 100 alternative asset managers saw assets under management increase by 10% in 2016, rising to $4 trillion, according to the 2017 edition of Willis Towers Watson’s Global Alternatives Survey.

September 2017

Note Active Managers Enjoyed Improved Performance In Q2 According To New Study By Lyxor

Lyxor Asset Management’s latest study into active manager performance shows 55% of them beat their benchmarks in the second quarter of 2017. That’s a significant improvement on results at the end of last year, when only 28% outperformed, and above the 52% of (...)

September 2017

Note State Street Study Reveals Asset Owners’ Increasing Appetite for Illiquid Assets is Driving Interest in Co-Investment

State Street Corporation announced the findings from its latest study, A New Climate for Growth: Adapting Models to Thrive, which reveals asset owners are gaining scale through consolidation and co-investment;

August 2017

Note Private Capital Fund Managers Raise Fee Rates in 2017

The 2017 Preqin Private Capital Fund Terms Advisor finds that several private capital fund types are raising their average management fees among funds of more recent vintages. Unlisted infrastructure funds have seen mean management fees rise marginally from lows of 1.38% for (...)

July 2017

Note Buyout Pricing Dislocation Creates Market Opportunity

CEPRES released research this week showing recently the US buyout market is driven by revenue growth, whereas Europe is driven rather by operating income. The research used the CEPRES PE.Analyzer investment decision platform to analyze over $12 trillion of PE transactions (...)

July 2017

Note Global acquirers significantly underperform World Index in the second quarter

Europe M&A activity bucks trend as market volatility and economic uncertainty depress performance in North America and Asia

July 2017

Note Listed infrastructure is #fake_infra

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore (EDHECinfra) shows that the booming listed infrastructure sector is based on a “fallacy of composition.” Listed infrastructure equity offers zero diversification benefits and is not an asset (...)

June 2017

Note ESG may entice investors to save more – Natixis Global Asset Management

The rising importance placed on environmental, social and governance investing may be the key driver in getting more individual investors, across generations, to invest more or even start planning for retirement, suggests new findings from Natixis Global Asset Management’s (...)

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Note Real estate: Attempting to explain the increase in prices.

The situation appears to be a paradox. France is just coming out of a crisis but real estate prices have sharply increased during the previous months and have only slightly decreased at the height of the crisis. How can this phenomenon be (...)

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Note The impact of Solvency 2 on insurers asset allocation

Implications for asset allocation? Incitement to diversification? Optimization of the volatility hedging ratio ? Allocation depending on the level of wealth of the insurance company? Groupama AM updates on the impact of Solvency 2 for (...)

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Note Financial markets: Local shock but global crisis

The history of crises on financial markets and their amplification during the past 15 years cannot be understood at all if we stick to pure fundamentals. It is necessary to integrate the contagion factor among financial assets and forced selling for commercial, prudential, (...)

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Note Strategic tasks of central banks: focus on the ECB

Beyond the traditional measures and in a context of systemic risk, we wonder about what specifically should be the strategic tasks of a central bank

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Note Investors Increase Pressure on Hedge Funds to Lower Fees

The latest research from Preqin on hedge fund fees finds that lower recent performance, high-profile redemptions and increased concern from investors on the issue of fees have influenced many hedge fund managers to bring their management and performance charges below the 2 (...)

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Note The dynamic of the yuan

According to Phillippe Waechter, Head of Economic Research of Natixis Asset management, the evolution of China is extremely rapid, and both its accumulation of foreign reserves and its capability to destabilise or stabilise global constructions is (...)

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Note New study by EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore shows infrastructure firms have a unique, low volatility, high dividend payout profile

EDHEC Infrastructure Institute-Singapore (EDHECinfra), in partnership with the Long-Term Infrastructure Investors Association (LTIIA) has released a new paper entitled “Revenue and Dividend Payouts in Privately-Held Infrastructure (...)

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Note Eurozone offers best high yield bond valuations, institutions say

The Eurozone offers better valuations for high yield bonds than any other region in the world, according to new research by NN Investment Partners (NN IP). The research, conducted amongst NN IP’s panel of institutional investment managers, showed 27% of respondents rated (...)

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Note 10 proposals to rebuild finance and monetary macroeconomics

Rethink monetary policy and its objectives, reform our accounting and prudential environment, review the return on equity standards, regulate the prices of certain assets...

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Note Versatility of ETFs driving usage among European Institutions

Facing a set of fast-changing global market conditions, European institutional investors are utilizing the versatility of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to adjust their portfolios, and integrating ETFs more deeply into both tactical and strategic investment processes and (...)

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Note BofA Merrill Lynch June Fund Manager Survey finds record number of investors consider equities overvalued

According to BofA Merrill Lynch June Fund Manager Survey, net 84% of respondents indicate the US is the most overvalued region for equities, a new all-time high; investors find European equities (net 18%) and EM equities (net 48%) to be (...)

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Note Aging population poses new opportunities for global investment managers

Early conclusions from ongoing SimCorp StrategyLab research point to demographic changes as a key factor influencing the future of the global investment management industry.

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Note Is Factor Investing a Welfare-Improving New Investment Paradigm or Yet Another Marketing Fad?

In a new study entitled “Factor Investing: A Welfare-Improving New Investment Paradigm or Yet Another Marketing Fad?”, drawn from the Lyxor research chair on “Risk Allocation Solutions”, EDHEC-Risk examines the relative efficiency of standard forms of practical implementation of (...)

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Note Investors go alternative

The research - which includes data on a diverse range of institutional investor types - shows that pension fund assets represent a third (34%) of the top 100 alternative managers’ assets, followed by wealth managers (19%), insurance companies (10%), sovereign wealth funds (...)

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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 (...)

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Note EURO STOXX 50® Index implied repo trading at Eurex

This research paper focuses on the inseparable relationship between implied repo rates and equity index total return swaps. Written by Stuart Heath, Director Equity & Index R&D at Eurex, it covers the various aspects and calculations of both repo rates and the (...)

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France’s debt

Outlook, strategies and investment vehicles on France’s debt

Recherche Quantitative

Recherche Quantitative : Quels sont les thèmes qui occupent dorénavant les Quants au sein des salles de marchés et des sociétés de gestion ?

Selection: Products

Kiosk Alternatives to financial markets investments

The financial investment is not limited to financial markets assets and the current uncertainties obviously feed such thoughts. Indeed, there are many investment vehicles that could create value in a portfolio.

Product Inflation linked bonds’ mechanism

Inflation linked bonds are bonds whose principal is linked to inflation which allows their holders to protected against inflation as opposed to traditional bonds.

Product Back to the future, may 2011: Nobles Crus and Earth Element Fund

Yesterday they were introduced as innovatives products. Today, How far have they got and what are the prospects for tomorrow ? Two products in the spotlight this month: Nobles Crus or the blend of passion for wine and financial investment, and a quantitative systematic (...)

Regulation Solvency II: Advantage convertible bonds

The results of QIS 5 confirmed that convertible bonds bear low capital cost. A balanced-profile convertible bond portfolio with optimized convexity therefore obtains a moderate intrinsic SCR whilst benefiting from «equity» (...)

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