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Jane Street’s second institutional ETF trading survey finds growing use of ETFs

Thu, 11/10/2018 - 10:41

Institutions are getting more comfortable with ETF liquidity and more sophisticated about measuring it, according to the second annual institutional ETF trading survey by global trading firm and liquidity provider Jane Street. »

Joachim Klement, Fidante

Alternative Investments to drive new issuance in the UK listed investment company market

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:31

There will be new issuance of GBP11.3 billion in listed investment companies over the next three years with two thirds of this new issuance to occur in alternative investments, according to Joachim Klement (pictured), Head of Investment Research at Fidante Partners. »

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Alternative risk premia proves to be a competitive asset class, says Cambridge Associates

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 18:51

Investment in the new, fast growing asset class of ‘Alternative Risk Premia’ (ARP) funds has delivered institutional investors better risk adjusted returns and more capital protection, suggests new research from Cambridge Associates, the global investment firm. »

Mitch Reznick, Hermes

Hermes research reinforces the strong relationship between ESG factors and credit spreads

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 10:40

Companies with stronger environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices benefit from tighter CDS (credit default swaps) spreads than those with poorer ESG procedures, according to new data from the Credit and Responsibility teams at Hermes Investment Management. »

Claire Felgate, BlackRock

DC schemes urged to reconsider default investment design

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 22:59

In the light of new research, BlackRock is calling on employers to revaluate their approach to default design for DC pension schemes, to ensure that they are focussed on delivering outcomes to help members retire comfortably. »

Judy Cotte, RBC GAM

Responsible investing gaining traction, says RBC GAM survey

Tue, 02/10/2018 - 21:26

Ninety per cent of institutional investors believe environmental, social and governance (ESG) integrated portfolios are likely to perform “as well” or “better” than non-ESG integrated portfolios, according to a new global survey by RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM). »

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Worldwide investment fund assets rose to EUR45.65 trillion by the end of Q2 2018

Fri, 28/09/2018 - 10:36

Investment fund assets worldwide increased by 4.4 per cent to EUR45.65 trillion at end Q2 2018, according to the European Fund and Asset Management Association’s (EFAMA) latest International Statistical Release.   »

John Hayes-Warren, Claranet

Poor understanding of data in financial services is hampering efforts to drive a positive customer experience, says Claranet

Tue, 25/09/2018 - 20:59

New research by managed services provider Claranet indicates that 54 per cent of UK financial services organisations are struggling to draw valuable insights from the vast amounts of data that they collect. »

Peter de Proft, EFAMA

Assets under Management in Europe rose to EUR25trillion in 2017, says EFAMA

Mon, 24/09/2018 - 19:41

Total Assets under Management (AUM) in Europe increased by 10 per cent in 2017 to EUR25.2 trillion, according to the 10th edition of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) Asset Management Report. »

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EU Capital Markets Union making progress but political momentum vital to tackle remaining obstacles

Mon, 24/09/2018 - 09:51

AFME, in collaboration with nine international organisations and trade associations representing global and European capital markets stakeholders, has published a new report tracking the progress to date of the European Commission’s flagship Capital Markets Union (CMU) project through seven Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). »


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