Articles and Features


Increased risk but a positive 2014 for US leveraged credit, says DDJ

DDJ Capital Management is forecasting increased risk in 2014 along with positive returns for investors in non-investment grade bonds and leveraged loans, which comprise the US leveraged credit market. »

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Investor shift to alternative investments is credit positive for asset managers, says Moody’s

The structural shift among investors toward greater asset allocation to alternative investments will benefit asset managers with expertise in alternative asset classes, according to Moody’s Investors Service. »


Funds to bet billions on European distressed opportunities as liquidity floods markets

Macro headwinds permitting, 2014 is set to remain awash with liquidity and rampant primary markets will enable companies to refinance and private equity groups to extract more dividends and hit the acquisition trail again. »

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S&P Emerging Markets Domestic Demand Index launched

S&P Dow Jones Indices has launched the S&P Emerging Markets Domestic Demand Index, which is designed to measure the performance of companies that capture a major engine of growth within the emerging markets – domestic demand.  »


Reducing UK’s national debt for 2014 should be priority, says CISI survey

Reducing the UK’s national debt should be Chancellor George Osborne’s priority in 2014, according to a survey carried out by the Chartered Institute for Securities Investment (CISI). »

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Sapient Global Markets and Energy Data Hub launch energy markets benchmarking service

Sapient Global Markets and The Energy Data Hub (EDH) have launched an energy markets benchmarking service available to EDH platform users. »

Keith Wade, Schroders

US growth pick up may be too much of a good thing

Schroders Chief Economist and Strategist Keith Wade updates us on his thoughts on the pace of the current US economic growth… »


Global companies returned to capital markets in 2013, says DR report

Investor demand for international diversification helped propel a sharp rise in capital raisings using depositary receipts (DR) in 2013, with 51 transactions coming from companies based in 20 countries, a jump of 65 per cent on 2012. »

Dermot Butler, President, Custom House Group

2014 – The regulatory quagmire continues

By Dermot Butler, President, Custom House Group – In a weak moment I agreed to a request to write this paper, giving my predictions on the hedge fund space in 2014.  Anyone who is prepared to predict the future must either be very wise and knowledgeable (not me for sure), very lucky (which I have been over the years) or most likely, stupidly arrogant, (probably stupid but I hope not arrogant).  However, having agreed, I had no choice but to sit down, pick up my pen and collect my thoughts, concentrating on the administration sector. »


NYSE Liffe to launch futures on MSCI Factor Indices

NYSE Liffe is to expand its index derivatives franchise with the launch of futures based on MSCI Factor Indices. »

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