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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 (...)

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

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

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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 (...)

June 2017

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 (...)

June 2017

Note EDHEC-Risk Institute shows how goal-based investing can help investors meet retirement needs

EDHEC-Risk Institute study shows that goal-based investing principles can be used to design scalable retirement investment strategies that meet individual investors’ needs

May 2017

Note BofA Merrill Lynch May Fund Manager Survey finds investors are bullish; macro expectations of high growth and low inflation at record high

China replaces European disintegration as the most commonly cited tail risk for the first time since January 2016, with 31% of global fund managers citing Chinese credit tightening as the biggest risk in the market

May 2017

Note The Robo Report™, First And Only Report On Robo Advisor Performance And Portfolios, Published By BackenDBenchmarking Now Available

Schwab Falls Off Leaderboard on Equity and Fixed Income, Vanguard Improves Equity; International and Emerging Markets Lead the Way For Performance in Q1 Report

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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 The impact of commodity prices on Emerging Markets

In the report, Nomura’s researchers highlight five channels through which emerging market economies are affected by lower commodity prices: Merchandise trade, CPI inflation, profit margins, fiscal positions, and GDP growth to assess the winners and losers in the Emerging (...)

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Note BofA Merrill Lynch March Fund Manager Survey finds investors in a bullish holding pattern

A record number of investors (net 34%) find equities to be overvalued, the most in 17 years; the US is identified as the most overvalued region (net 81%), while EM equities (net 44%) and Eurozone equities (net 23%) are seen as (...)

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Note Financial markets and self-fulfilling prophecies

This phenomenon is equivalent to the change from a brutal economic and financial equilibrium to another, not because the fundamentals of the macroeconomic environment would justify it, but because there was a change for good or bad reasons of market (...)

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Note On the impact of Brexit on sterling

As yet, sterling appears not to have reacted to the looming referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union. Over the short to medium term, however, the currency should end up reacting negatively, so great is the fallout for the British economy. In (...)

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Note What is Structured Finance ?

If the current crisis (labelled as the subprime crisis) has highlighted the complexity of structured finance along with the necessity of developing more sophisticated risk management tools, it appears that a great deal of misunderstanding still prevails among economic and (...)

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Note German Wealth Managers Will Lose Market Share to Robo-Advisors over Next Two Years, says Verdict Financial

Over 86% of German wealth managers working with high net worth (HNW) individuals believe that they will lose market share to automated investment services over the next two years, according to financial services research and insight firm Verdict (...)

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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 BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey Finds Investors Fretting Over Monetary Policy as End of U.S. QE Looms

Concerns over the imminent end of quantitative easing in the U.S. have left investors much less confident in the outlook for the global economy and corporate profitability, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for (...)

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Note Insurance companies grapple with new regulatory constraints, capital rules and increased risks

Two-thirds (67%) of U.S. and European insurance executives say their business is not well prepared for the industry’s changing regulatory requirements, according to a study published today by Natixis Global Asset (...)

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Note Fitch: EU Asset Managers to Rationalise but M&A Spree Unlikely

European asset managers are set to rationalise further, but a widespread M&A spree is unlikely, Fitch Ratings says. Most managers may opt for less intrusive strategies, such as a reduction in the number of funds and cost-cutting, to tackle margin pressure in a fragmented (...)

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Note Smart Beta 2.0 – Taking the risks of new equity benchmarks into account

In research published two weeks ago entitled, “Smart Beta 2.0,” EDHEC-Risk Institute is seeking to draw the attention of investors to the risks of traditional smart beta equity indices and propose a new approach to smart beta investing to take account of these (...)

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Note Reinvention in the Hedge Fund Industry

State Street Corporation released a new Vision Report today, entitled “Hedge Funds: Rebuilding on a New Foundation.” The report examines the re-emergence of the hedge fund industry and the new dynamic between investors, hedge funds, and hedge fund (...)

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Note Hedge fund capital inflows steady as volatility increases

Total hedge fund capital increased to a record level in the third quarter as financial market volatility increased into quarter-end, with inflows concentrated in Event Driven and Fixed Income-based Relative Value Arbitrage strategies, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge (...)

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Note State Street’s GX Private Equity Index Drops in Q3 for the First Time in Three Years, Marking End to Unprecedented Streak of Quarterly Gains

Despite Dip, New Research Verifies Asset Owners’ Continued Interest in Private Equity Investments

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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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