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Doug Morgan, Cordium

Widespread manual processes leaving capital markets firms exposed, says new survey

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 17:56

Only 2 per cent of capital markets firms have a fully automated compliance support program, according to an Aite Group and Cordium survey. And this high level of dependence on manual processes is leaving the industry open to errors, gaps in compliance, a lack of agility in reporting during an audit, and ultimately the risk of non-compliance. »

Mathias Neidert, bfinance

EMD investors increasingly turning to ‘blended’ strategies

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 20:20

The number of Blended EMD funds has trebled since 2009, while specific local or hard currency EMD funds have doubled. But implementation has proven challenging, benchmarks are highly inconsistent and performance comparison can be misleading. »

Michael Leibrock, DTCC

Geopolitical risk hits record high in new DTCC survey

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 09:44

Geopolitical uncertainties in Asia, as well as prolonged uncertainties associated with Brexit negotiations, have positioned geopolitical risk as a top risk to watch in 2018, according to a new survey published by The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). »

Peter de Proft, EFAMA

Industry automation rates for cross-border fund orders rise to nearly 87 per cent

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 11:08

The total order volume of cross-border funds increased by 13.3 per cent to 19.5 million orders in the first half of 2017, from 17.2 million orders in the second half of 2016, while the total automation rate of processed orders of cross-border funds reached 86.6 per cent. »

Kevin Linsell, Timico

Over a third of UK financial organisations unprepared for MiFID II

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 10:46

With less than 30 days to go before the upcoming MiFID II legislation comes into force on 3 January 2018, the latest research has found that 39 per cent of UK financial organisations are unaware whether or not their organisation is compliant. »

Le Roy van Zyl, Mercer

FTSE350 pension deficits relatively stable as year-end approaches

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 09:40

Mercer’s Pensions Risk Survey data shows that the accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed companies reduced slightly from GBP67 billion at the end of October to GBP64 billion on 30 November 2017. »

Oliver Bilal, Natixis

Institutional investors wary of asset bubbles

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 13:28

Almost two-thirds of institutional investors in the UK (64 per cent) expect asset bubbles to negatively impact performance in 2018 and more than three out of every four (78 per cent) believe the current market environment favours active management, as allocations to passive slide for the third year in a row. »

Ned McGuire, Wilshire Consulting

Aggregate funded ratio of US corporate pension plans up one per cent in November

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 09:51

The aggregate funded ratio for US corporate pension plans increased by 1.0 percentage points to end the month of November at 85.6 per cent, up 4.8 percentage points over the trailing twelve months, according to Wilshire Consulting. »

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European structured securities market reports turnover growth in leverage products

Fri, 01/12/2017 - 09:12

Exchange turnover in structured investment and leverage products on Europe’s financial markets stood at EUR27.6 billion at the end of September 2017. This represents a significant 6.0 per cent increase year on year. »

Peter Salvage, BNY Mellon

Greater demand for alt investments drives AUM to new record level

Thu, 30/11/2017 - 09:28

Alternative assets under management reached a record USD7.7 trillion in 2017, according to a new survey by BNY Mellon, and look set to increase further with over half of respondents expecting allocations to alternatives to increase in the next 12 months, up from 39 per cent in 2016. »


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