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June 7

Note CNP Assurances publishes its responsible investment report and for the first time measures the dependence of its investment portfolio on biodiversity loss

With more than €370 billion invested across all sectors, CNP Assurances is a major player in financing the real economy. In accordance with the new requirements of Article 29 of France’s Climate Energy Law, CNP Assurances is today publishing its responsible investment report, (...)

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

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New research reveals institutional investors and wealth managers plan to switch to metal investment funds with stronger ESG credentials

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April 2021

Note Issuance in Emerging Market Green Bonds to Reach $100 Billion by 2023, Amundi and IFC Find

Despite the impact of COVID-19, emerging market green bond issuance totalled $40 billion in 2020. Underpinned by supportive market fundamentals, emerging market green bond issuance is expected to reach $100 billion by 2023. Since 2012, 43 emerging markets have issued green (...)

January 2021

Note Water risk: what COVID-19 has taught us about ignoring systemic risks and what to do about it

For the past decade, WWF has been asking, “why are water crises continually ignored despite featuring on the WEF risk list year after year?” We know water crises are happening, we know the impact is substantial, and we know the risks are worsening, yet nobody is (...)

June 2020

Note Infrastructure investment to be a key driver of growth in emerging markets post COVID-19 crisis, sigma says

Emerging markets will invest an estimated 3.9% of GDP (USD 2.2 trillion annually) in infrastructure over next 20 years. There will be strong growth in investment in renewable energy, smart and resilient infrastructure. Emerging Asia will invest an estimated USD 1.7 trillion (...)

March 2020

Note Neuberger Berman adapts Sharpe’s ratio to insurance management and prudential risk measurement

This new risk indicator, based on a concept derived from the classic Sharpe ratio, integrates the already existing range of prudential risk measures into the analysis of the strategic asset allocation process and its (...)

January 2020

Note ESMA report values EU Alternative Investment Funds at €5.8 trillion

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today published its second statistical report on European Union (EU) Alternative Investment Funds (AIF). The study found that the EU AIF sector in 2018, as measured by Net Asset Value (NAV), amounted to €5.8tn or nearly 40% (...)

November 2019

Note ESG bucks the trend of declining growth among world’s largest asset managers

The pace of change within the investment industry is accelerating, under pressure from regulatory activity, fee compression and the high cost of technology. Amidst this change, there is growing appreciation among fund managers of the importance of sustainability and of (...)

September 2019

Note Investors face increasing risks amid renewed market volatility

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), the EU’s securities regulator, has published the second Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities (TRV) report for 2019. The report identifies a deteriorating outlook for the asset management industry and continued very high (...)

July 2019

Note European Alternatives Industry Hits €1.62 Trillion in Assets

Preqin launches its second annual Alternatives in Europe report in partnership with Amundi, which examines the alternative assets industry’s most diverse region, and for the first time provides a breakdown of the sector in each major European (...)

July 2019

Note Sovereign Investors pivot away from Europe towards China

Invesco released its seventh Invesco Global Sovereign Asset Management Study, an annual in-depth report on the complex investment behaviour of sovereign wealth funds and central banks, which this year shows disenchantment with Europe among sovereign (...)

July 2019

Note Wealth managers need to up their game in India to mitigate HNW investors’ desire to channel wealth abroad, says GlobalData

As part of 2019 Budget, India has recently proposed to raise income tax surcharge on wealthy individuals and this is set to spur demand for offshore investments in the high-net-worth (HNW) space.

June 2019

Note BofA Merrill Lynch June Fund Manager Survey: Bears all around

Average cash balance soars to 5.6% from 4.6% for each of the last three months, marking the biggest jump in cash since the debt ceiling crisis in 2011; allocation to cash jumps 10ppt from last month to net 43% (...)

May 2019

Note Factor investing in fixed-income: EDHEC-Risk Institute paper shows that it is possible to build duration-timing strategies that are economically superior to bearing unconditional duration risk

The abundance of theoretical and empirical research on factor investing in the equity universe contrasts strongly with the relative scarcity of research on the existence and exploitability of risk premia in bond (...)

March 2019

Note ESMA report values EU Alternative Investment Funds at €4.9 trillion

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) today published its first statistical report on European Union (EU) Alternative Investment Funds (AIF). The study finds that the EU AIF sector in 2017, as measured by Net Asset Value (NAV), amounted to (...)

February 2019

Note Stock market shows greater reaction to forecasts by analysts with favourable surnames

Financial analysts whose surnames are perceived as favourable elicit stronger market reactions to their earnings forecasts, new research from Cass Business School has found.

February 2019

Note Global dividends surge to new record in 2018, with more growth in 2019

Global dividends rose to a new record in 2018, with a strong fourth quarter for dividend payments despite more challenging equity market conditions, according to the latest Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index.

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Note Are markets becoming more unstable?

Readers of financial news may believe that ‘market corrections’, or ‘shocks’, or ‘five-sigma events’ are more common than they used to be. Winton Capital Management look at the historical data for a number of financial markets and find that there is no evidence for increasing (...)

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Note The rumour, a necessary credit analysis instrument

According to Bruno Mathis from SterWen and Jean Delahousse, all institutions exposed on Lehman which have highly developed credit analysis tools are able to detect warning signs as soon as they come about and would have almost four months to take safety measures (CDS (...)

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Note Towards a behavioral portfolio theory

a major problem facing the asset management industry is the creation of portfolios that generate maximum profitability while being consistent with the risk profile of investors...

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Note Successful merger : lets make no mistake about the objective

What a pity that those acquisitions or mergers in which the due diligence have been the most well researched, with the most detailed business plan, the most unanimously approved strategies, are not those which are always the most successful in the long (...)

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Note Issuance in Emerging Market Green Bonds to Reach $100 Billion by 2023, Amundi and IFC Find

Despite the impact of COVID-19, emerging market green bond issuance totalled $40 billion in 2020. Underpinned by supportive market fundamentals, emerging market green bond issuance is expected to reach $100 billion by 2023. Since 2012, 43 emerging markets have issued green (...)

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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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Note Stock market shows greater reaction to forecasts by analysts with favourable surnames

Financial analysts whose surnames are perceived as favourable elicit stronger market reactions to their earnings forecasts, new research from Cass Business School has found.

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Note ESG bucks the trend of declining growth among world’s largest asset managers

The pace of change within the investment industry is accelerating, under pressure from regulatory activity, fee compression and the high cost of technology. Amidst this change, there is growing appreciation among fund managers of the importance of sustainability and of (...)

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Note From the Dutch Tulips Mania to the panic of 2008...

Behavioural finance attempts to study and explain the economic behaviour of individuals participating on the market, as well as their irrational character.

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Note Listed family controlled businesses: an equity investment case

According SG Private Banking Equity research team, when talking about family owned businesses, one very often thinks about mom and pop’s diner; it is counting without the international brands. Family controlled firms are the most resilient and provide good vehicles to come (...)

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Note 2011 to be pivotal year for asset management industry

2011 could be a defining year for the global asset management industry, according to research by Skandia Investment Group (SIG)...

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Note Surging dividend growth from Europe drives global company pay-out boom

Global investors are enjoying a bumper year for dividends, according to the latest Global Dividend Index (HGDI) from Henderson Global Investors. Overall pay-outs grew 11.7% year on year in the second quarter to a new record of $426.8bn, an increase of (...)

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Note Euro zone bailout plans: origin and utilization

Back on bailout plans granted to countries in the Euro zone encountering severe fiscal deficits since May 2010. How are tens of billions Euros raised, what are they for, and mainly, are those amounts enough to re-establish the public finances and stabilize those countries (...)

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Note BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey Finds Investors Significantly Less Confident in Global Economic Outlook

With increasing concern over China’s growth, investors are significantly less confident in the global economic outlook, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for January. Allocations to equities have fallen sharply, while cash holdings have (...)

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Note Trading and Internal Fraud

High profile cases of trading fraud and the associated financial losses by rogue traders have highlighted the strategic vulnerability in financial institutions.

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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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