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CUSIP request volume signals strong pace of US corporate equity and debt issuance in Q1

Fri, 23/02/2018 - 09:46

CUSIP Global Services’ (CGS) latest CUSIP Issuance Trends Report for January 2018 reveals an increase in CUSIP request volume for new US corporate equities and debt, but sharp decreases in the municipal bond market. »

David Giunta, Natixis

Institutional investors focus on alternative investments, ESG and risk management, says Natixis Survey

Thu, 22/02/2018 - 20:17

Volatility finally roared back to abnormally tame markets, but most institutional investors were already bracing for impact; their efforts to diversify and build durable portfolios may now pay off, according to new survey findings released by Natixis Investment Managers. »

Julien Hammerson, Calastone

Mutual funds market to save over USD2.6bn through blockchain adoption, says Calastone

Thu, 22/02/2018 - 10:08

Research from funds transaction network Calastone forecasts more than USD2.6 billion (GBP1.9 billion) of potential cost savings for the global mutual funds market as a result of moving to a blockchain-enabled distributed market infrastructure. »

Will Goodhart, CFA UK

Investor confidence in emerging markets down, says CFA

Thu, 15/02/2018 - 10:32

Investors are less confident that they can find value in emerging market equities than previously, according to the CFA UK latest quarterly Valuations Index, which measures investors’ perceptions of the values of bonds, equities and gold in Q4 2017. »

Peter McHugh, State Street

Almost 75 per cent of institutional investors to increase use of MMFs

Wed, 14/02/2018 - 17:29

Almost three quarters (74 per cent) of institutional investors plan to increase their use of money market funds (MMFs) in addition to bank deposits. This is as a direct result of regulation, such as Basel III, driving many banks to remove non-operating deposits from their balance sheets.  »

Jeremy Coller, Coller Capital

Investors urge global food companies to cut reliance on animal proteins

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 09:03

A new report entitled ‘Plant-based profits’, backed by a USD2.4 trillion coalition of 57 large investors, has urged global food companies to diversify their protein sourcing away from a reliance on animal proteins. »

Peter de Proft, EFAMA

EFAMA publishes independent study on pan-European personal pension product

Mon, 12/02/2018 - 10:34

The SDA Bocconi School of Management has published an independent study, commissioned by European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), into the pan-European personal pension product (PEPP). »

Roger Urwin, Willis Towers Watson

Global pension assets reach record level in 2017

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 09:40

Global institutional pension fund assets in the 22 major markets grew to USD41.3 trillion at year end 2017, according to latest figures in the Thinking Ahead Institute’s Global Pension Assets Study, representing the highest figure since the report began in 1997. »

Ned McGuire, Wilshire Consulting

Wilshire Consulting estimates 3.8 per cent increase in aggregate funded ratio for US corporate pension plans in January

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 09:11

The aggregate funded ratio for US corporate pension plans increased by 3.8 percentage points to end the month of January at 88.4 per cent, and up 6.4 percentage points over the trailing twelve months, according to Wilshire Consulting. »

Frank Polefrone, Broadridge

Active managers offer institutional funds to reduce fees, says Broadridge

Mon, 05/02/2018 - 06:00

Institutionally priced funds gathered over USD600 billion of net new fund flows in 2017, according to data released today by Broadridge Financial Solutions.   »

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