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Best wishes for 2015 from the Global Fund Media team

Mon, 22/12/2014 - 06:30

The Global Fund Media newsletter team is taking its customary year-end break, and will resume business as usual on Monday 5 January. »

Market

Low rates and new regulations keep market conditions challenging, says Greenwich Associates

Wed, 23/07/2014 - 12:01

Fixed-income dealers who thought market conditions could not get any worse this year have been proven wrong.  »

FTSE 100

Sluggish performance from largest FTSE firms weighs heavily on dividend growth, says Capita

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 12:08

UK dividend growth slowed to a crawl in the second quarter, according to the latest UK Dividend Monitor from Capita Asset Services. »

Globe and money

Institutional and retail investors diverge in their response to Janet Yellen’s testimony

Mon, 21/07/2014 - 10:05

The possibility of higher US interest rates and slower growth in the Eurozone continued to occupy the minds of investors during the second week of July, with redemptions from EPFR Global-tracked high yield bond funds hitting their highest level in over a year. »

Thumbs up

Invesco, First State and Fidelity top the charts in FE Crown Fund Ratings

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 12:15

The FE Crown Fund Ratings’ bi-annual rebalancing has seen nine funds awarded the top score of five FE Crowns in their first ever rating. »

Survey

Investment managers positive on US growth, but inflation risk looms, says Northern Trust survey

Wed, 16/07/2014 - 17:05

Investment manager confidence in US economic growth reached a five-year high in Northern Trust’s quarterly survey, but expectations for inflation were up as well. »

Report

Milliman publishes embedded values study

Wed, 16/07/2014 - 15:00

Milliman has published a report examining trends among European companies reporting embedded values as of year end 2013 within the context of a global economy in the early stages of recovery. »

Bull

Investors bullish on equity market in second half of 2014

Wed, 16/07/2014 - 14:06

Global investors have regained a strongly bullish stance on the outlook for equity markets in the second half of 2014, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for July. »

Man with binoculars

Junior debt will continue to deliver in a rising interest rate environment, says GAM

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 16:05

Traditional fixed income investors are struggling to generate meaningful returns from the current rising interest rate environment, but GAM continues to find attractive opportunities in the subordinated debt of investment grade companies. »

India flag

India's budget shows positive signs

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 18:20

Following the announcment of the first budget under India's new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Craig Botham, Emerging Market Economist for Schroders, comments on its implications for India's economy and markets… »

Up arrow

Alternative assets continue their inexorable rise, says Towers Watson survey

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 16:00

Total assets managed by the Top 100 alternative investment managers globally reached USD3.3 trillion in 2013, up from USD3.1 trillion in 2012, according to research by Towers Watson. »

UK flag

BoE no-change decision is no surprise

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:50

Ben Brettel, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdon, comments on The Bank of England’s decision to hold the base rate at 0.5% for the 65th month in a row… »

Infrastructure

Hermes holds interim close for infrastructure fund

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:06

Hermes Fund Managers has held an interim close for the Hermes GPE Infrastructure Fund and its related accounts (HIF), raising an additional GBP210m (USD357m; EUR262.5m). »

Thumbs up

Netagio launches first British Bitcoin, gold and sterling exchange

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 06:00

Netagio, the UK-based digital currency broker, has launched the first British exchange enabling retail customers and institutional investors to trade gold, Bitcoins and GBP on a single peer-to-peer platform. »

Crystal ball

‘Traditional’ banks may not exist by 2025, says PwC report

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 16:00

By 2025-2030 a market economy could readily exist without banks of the traditional kind, according to a report by PwC. »

Electronic trading floor

LoCorr Funds launches Market Trend Fund

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 12:01

LoCorr Funds has launched a Market Trend Fund which will use a quantitative trading system driven by multiple trend-following models that select long and short positions in the global futures and forex markets. »

Aeroplane

Aircraft asset-backed peer-lending platform ablrate.com takes off

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 16:45

Ablrate.com, the world’s first platform for retail and small institutional investors to invest in aircraft transactions, has launched allowing investors to invest directly in aircraft assets. »

Green light

Evanston Capital Management launches new registered fund

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 16:09

Evanston Capital Management has launched the Evanston Alternative Opportunities Fund, a closed-end, non-exchange listed, management investment company registered under Investment Company Act of 1940. »

Dollars

Schroders’ Global Multi-Asset Income fund surpasses USD5bn AUM

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 15:00

Assets under management in the Schroder ISF Global Multi-Asset Income have surpassed USD5 billion since the fund launched just over two years ago in April 2012. »

Fund administration

Pinnacle selects Ultimus to provide fund admin services

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 11:05

Pinnacle Capital Management Funds Trust has selected Ultimus Fund Solutions to provide fund accounting, fund administration and transfer agent services for the trust’s 1789 Growth and Income Fund. »

Investments

John Hancock Investments launches Value Equity Fund

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 10:05

John Hancock Investments has launched the John Hancock Value Equity Fund. »

Two fingers

Lyxor launches second European senior debt fund

Wed, 09/07/2014 - 06:03

Following the launch of its EUR275 million European senior debt fund in July 2013, Lyxor is launching a commingled European senior debt fund, the Lyxor European Senior Debt Fund. »

Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Domicile choice comes to the fore at Guernsey ILS event in Zurich

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 10:30

The choice of domicile for insurance-linked securities (ILS) transactions was among the hot topics discussed at a Guernsey Finance-hosted thought leadership event in the reinsurance centre of Zurich last week. »

Mutual funds

Mutual funds are top choice for accessing alt strategies, says survey

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 10:03

Mutual funds continue to grow as the vehicle of choice for accessing alternative strategies, according to the eighth annual alternative investment survey by Morningstar and Barron’s. »

Index

Efficient Minimum Volatility strategy best performing ERI Scientific Beta index in June

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:07

The Efficient Minimum Volatility strategy was the best performing strategy for the developed equity universe in June, both in absolute (8.54 per cent) and relative terms (2.20 per cent), according to ERI Scientific Beta. »

Globe and money

Investors value funds with broad mandates as doubts about global growth multiply


Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:08

EPFR Global-tracked utilities and infrastructure sector funds recorded their biggest quarterly inflows on record during the three months ending 30 June. »

Canada flag

Canada equity funds post strong gains in second quarter, says Morningstar

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 12:09

The performance story for equity funds in Canada in the second quarter of 2014 was very similar to that of the first quarter, with most categories showing positive results and natural resources funds leading the way. »

UK flag

UK's financial services trade surplus is world’s biggest, says TheCityUK

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 16:12

The UK's trade surplus in financial services is the biggest in the world, more than two and a half times bigger than the next largest surplus recorded by the US, according to figures from TheCityUK. »

Five fingers

John Hancock Investments lowers fees on five funds

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 14:20

John Hancock Investments has reduced the fees on five of the firm’s mutual funds. »

Investments

DeAWM standardises names of investment products

Thu, 03/07/2014 - 12:10

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) is to standardise the names of its investment products under the Deutsche label. »

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Over half of infrastructure funds that closed in 2014 exceeded their fundraising target, up from 37% of funds in 2013. Andrew Moylan, Preqin’s Head of Real Assets Products, takes a look at infrastructure fundraising over the last 12 months: ... »

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