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PIMCO picks out opportunities in quality credit

Thu, 05/01/2017 - 11:53

Mark Kiesel, (pictured), CIO of Global Credit at PIMCO has summarised his views on current opportunities in quality credit, specialty finance and mortgages. He writes: “As the global economy goes through significant change and a new administration takes charge in Washington, the potential for both left-tail (downside) and right-tail (upside) market outcomes has increased. »

Jeremy Leach, MPG

MPG predicts inflation will rise

Tue, 03/01/2017 - 11:28

Inflation will make a significant comeback in the US and Europe in 2017, according to international asset management group, Managing Partners Group (MPG). The firm writes that economic recovery and rises in interest rates and commodity prices will generate greater borrowing and utility costs and spur wage-push inflation of up to 5 per cent in the US and the UK, and between 2.5 per cent to 3.0 per cent in the Eurozone.  »

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Sovereign wealth funds move to private markets and emerging markets

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 15:46

Two new white papers from State Street Corporation and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) reveal changes in asset allocation among sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) over the past three to five years. »

Infrastructure head welcomes autumn statement

Thu, 24/11/2016 - 10:10

Patricia Moore, (pictured) UK Head of Infrastructure for Turner & Townsend, has commented on the infrastructure points raised in the Autumn statement. »

Aussie investors should take care when considering green bonds, says AB

Aussie investors should take care when considering green bonds, says AB

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 09:27

Australian fixed-income investors interested in the global market for green bonds – estimated to be worth well in excess of USD100 billion and growing – should take care when considering buying them, says global asset manager AllianceBernstein (AB). »

Robert Vanden Assem, PineBridge

USDInvestment Grade Credit Fund from PineBridge

Wed, 02/11/2016 - 09:47

USD82.6bn global asset manager PineBridge Investments has launched the PineBridge USD Investment Grade Credit Fund managed by the Developed Markets Investment Grade Credit Team, which is led by Robert Vanden Assem, (pictured) who has overseen the firm’s USD investment grade capabilities since 2001. »

Analysis of factor techniques provides valuable inputs

Tue, 25/10/2016 - 15:32

New York based analysts MPI has conducted a study, using the Standard Life Global Absolute Return Fund (SLI GARS) as an example, of how factor analysis techniques can provide valuable inputs into the overall fund selection and due diligence process.  »

MPI’s endowment research shows highest performers in 2016

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 14:40

Research and analytics firm MPI has published an assessment of Ivy League endowments’ 2016 FY Performance. The firm writes that asset allocation remains the largest determining factor in endowment performance. »

Amundi brings real and alternative assets to single platform

Tue, 27/09/2016 - 14:06

French asset management firm Amundi is launching a single platform designed to bring its real and alternative assets under one entity and drive its aim of becoming one of the leading alternative asset managers in Europe. »

Sam Gervaise-Jones

Bfinance appointed by the Brunel Pension Partnership

Thu, 08/09/2016 - 10:16

Independent investment consultancy bfinance has been appointed by the Brunel Pension Partnership, an investment pooling project, to undertake an independent review of the plans to pool the investment assets of ten local government pension funds in the South West.  »

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China Merchants Securities to invest in Equitile’s UK domiciled fund on behalf of Chinese clients

Mon, 01/08/2016 - 14:25

China Merchants Securities Asset Management and Equitile Investments are teaming up to offer Chinese domestic clients access to the UK domiciled Equitile Resilience Fund Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS).   »

Vincent Mortier

Amundi details post Brexit situation

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 10:30

Vincent Mortier (pictured), Deputy CIO, Global Head of Multi-Asset Amundi and Pascal Blanqué, CIO, Global Head of Institutional Division Amundi have issued a joint statement on the situation post Brexit.  »

FTSE 100 DB pension schemes turn to bonds to lower investment risk

FTSE 100 DB pension schemes turn to bonds to lower investment risk

Tue, 14/06/2016 - 15:50

FTSE 100 defined benefits (DB) pensions schemes are increasingly investing in bonds, reflecting a greater prudence in risk management towards their scheme deficits, according to research by JLT Employee Benefits (JLT).  »

AIMCo makes significant investment in Calfrac Well Services

AIMCo makes significant investment in Calfrac Well Services

Mon, 13/06/2016 - 09:18

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) has entered into a strategic financing relationship with Calfrac Well Services (Calfrac), an Alberta-based pressure pumping services provider. »

John Hancock Investments launches two ESG funds

John Hancock Investments launches two ESG funds

Tue, 07/06/2016 - 09:02

John Hancock Investments has added two new funds focused on integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues with fundamental stock research.  »

Friess Associates chooses Linedata’s investment management solutions

Friess Associates chooses Linedata’s investment management solutions

Wed, 01/06/2016 - 09:48

Friess Associates, a growth oriented fund management group, with over USD1 billion of assets under management, has selected Linedata’s range of investment management solutions. »

Molson Coors adds GBP65m to Kames-run absolute return mandate

Tue, 31/05/2016 - 16:43

The Molson Coors UK Pension Plan has increased its investment in an absolute return bond mandate managed by Kames Capital by GBP65 million, boosting the brewer’s total investment with Kames to GBP165 million. »

Impact investing increasingly finding favour with investors, says GIIN survey

Impact investing increasingly finding favour with investors, says GIIN survey

Thu, 19/05/2016 - 09:41

Investors plan a 16 per cent increase in capital committed to impact investing in 2016, according to The Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) sixth edition of its Annual Impact Investor Survey.  »

Investment community backs ‘remain’ at Howard Kennedy sponsored Brexit debate

Investment community backs ‘remain’ at Howard Kennedy sponsored Brexit debate

Wed, 18/05/2016 - 15:38

The investment community voted to remain in the EU last night (Monday 16 May) following a passionate discussion at the ‘Brexit: Pursued by a Bear’ debate chaired and sponsored by law firm Howard Kennedy. »

Schroders adopts Clarient Entity Hub

Schroders adopts Clarient Entity Hub

Wed, 18/05/2016 - 09:34

Schroder Investment Management (Luxembourg) has gone live on Clarient Entity Hub, a utility-based service designed to simplify client data and document management.  »

Thomas Miller Investment secures Isle of Man Government Treasury investment mandate

Thomas Miller Investment secures Isle of Man Government Treasury investment mandate

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 10:09

Thomas Miller Investment (Isle of Man) Limited has been selected as one of the companies awarded an investment mandate by the Isle of Man Government Treasury. »

YieldStreet provides access to high yield alternative investment opportunities

YieldStreet provides access to high yield alternative investment opportunities

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 09:53

YieldStreet has launched the world’s first tech enabled specialty finance and alternative lending platform connecting accredited investors to asset based investments.  »

Private equity funds managed by Baird Capital invest in bfinance

Private equity funds managed by Baird Capital invest in bfinance

Tue, 03/05/2016 - 09:53

Private equity funds managed by Baird Capital have invested in investment consultancy bfinance.  Current CEO David Vafai (pictured) will continue to lead bfinance. He will be joined on the board by Andrew Ferguson, managing director at Baird Capital, and CFO Mark Brownlie, as directors.  »

New British, French and Japanese investment firms join IASB Investors in Financial Reporting programme

New British, French and Japanese investment firms join IASB Investors in Financial Reporting programme

Wed, 27/04/2016 - 16:00

BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Odey Asset Management and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank are the newest members of the International Accounting Standards Board’s (IASB) Investors in Financial Reporting programme.   »

Liontrust implements Eze Software’s full investment suite

Liontrust implements Eze Software’s full investment suite

Thu, 21/04/2016 - 15:54

Liontrust Asset Management, a UK-based specialist investment management company, has gone live on Eze OMS and Eze Portfolio Accounting, implementing a front-to-back office workflow to replace its in-house systems. »

Sentry Investments launches Sentry US Growth and Income Currency Neutral Class

Sentry Investments launches Sentry US Growth and Income Currency Neutral Class

Tue, 19/04/2016 - 09:52

Sentry Investments has launched Sentry US Growth and Income Currency Neutral Class (Currency Neutral Class), a currency-hedged version of Sentry US Growth and Income Fund. Currency Neutral Class is now available for sale. »

CNO Financial Group makes strategic investment in Tennenbaum Capital Partners

CNO Financial Group makes strategic investment in Tennenbaum Capital Partners

Tue, 19/04/2016 - 09:21

CNO Financial Group has invested in a non-controlling minority stake in Tennenbaum Capital Partners (TCP), a Los Angeles-based investment management firm with over USD6 billion in committed capital under management.   »

Asset Managers should invest now to capture future growth opportunities, says SimCorp paper

Asset Managers should invest now to capture future growth opportunities, says SimCorp paper

Mon, 18/04/2016 - 16:31

Challenges presented by the financial crisis have largely been met and firms need to focus on the positive long-term prospects despite short-term inhibitors to growth. »

New property investment platform aiming to connect developers with professional investors

New property investment platform aiming to connect developers with professional investors

Fri, 15/04/2016 - 09:38

A new online property investment platform, InvestSure, is aiming to bring together professional investors and property developers to help address the chronic lack of available finance in the UK property market. »

Broadridge invests in LiquidX

Tue, 22/03/2016 - 08:57

Broadridge Financial Solutions has made a strategic investment and entered into a referral, sales and marketing alliance with LiquidX (LiquidX), the provider of an electronic exchange platform for global trade finance. »

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