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Emily Benson, director, Kinetic Partners

New regulator, new approach?

Mon, 16/01/2012 - 08:14

Emily Benson, Director at financial advisory firm Kinetic Partners, on the Treasury Select Committee’s report on the role of the new Financial Conduct Authority… »

Gary Gensler, chairman, CFTC

Segregation of customer funds for cleared swaps

Thu, 12/01/2012 - 15:17

Gary Gensler (pictured), chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is backing the final rules on the segregation of customer funds for cleared swaps… »

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‘A Postcard from China’

Wed, 11/01/2012 - 16:32

Jing Sun, Manager of the PSigma Global Equity Fund, is encouraged by a recent research trip to China… »

John Chatfeild-Roberts, Chief Investment Officer and Head of the Jupiter Merlin Independent Funds Team at Jupiter Asset Management

Investors need to reassess risk to navigate markets in 2012

Thu, 05/01/2012 - 17:18

Normal assumptions about investing in share and bond markets have been turned upside down by Europe’s debt crisis, according to John Chatfeild-Roberts (pictured), Chief Investment Officer and Head of the Jupiter Merlin Independent Funds Team at Jupiter Asset Management… »

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India is the economy to watch in 2012

Thu, 05/01/2012 - 06:00

When it comes to emerging markets, China invariably seems to be the focus of attention, but the country to watch in 2012 is India, according to Edward Bland, Head of Investment Research at Duncan Lawrie Private Bank… »

Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners

Agecroft Partners predicts hedge fund industry trends for 2012 

Wed, 04/01/2012 - 15:36

Agecroft Partners predicts 2012 will be the best year for net flows into the hedge fund industry since 2007 despite the lacklustre investment performance for the industry in 2011. According to Agecroft’s Don Steinbrugge, this conclusion is based on several dominant and emerging trends the firm has identified through their conversations with more than 300 hedge fund organisations and 2,000 institutional investors during 2011… »

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US corporates can ride out Eurozone crisis

Tue, 03/01/2012 - 14:58

Probably the most impressive develop­ment in the investment universe in the last couple of years has been the dramatic growth in US corporate profits. The question is whether these re­cord profits are sustainable because of the continuing crisis in the Eurozone, according to Paul Chew, Head of Investments at US equity specialists Brown Advisory. »

Andrew Clark, chief index strategist for Thomson Reuters Indices and Lipper

Correlation, decorrelation and sector selection

Tue, 03/01/2012 - 08:26

Andrew Clark (pictured), chief index strategist for Thomson Reuters Indices and Lipper, draws on second-order variability analysis to predict which US sectors will decorrelate first, assuming the current market rally has legs… »

Jeremy Leach, managing director, Managing Partners Limited

Partial break up of Euro inevitable in 2012

Wed, 28/12/2011 - 17:38

A partial break up of the Euro is inevitable, with Greece the most likely to default and leave the single currency in 2012, according to fund manager Managing Partners Limited (MPL). The Euro was always going to be tested in an economic downturn, for the same reasons the European Currency Unit was tested in the early 1990s, says Jeremy Leach, Managing Director of MPL… »

Eleanor Hope-Bell, head of intermediaries UK and Nordics, State Street Global Advisors

etfexpress exclusive: Synthetic ETFs do not pose systemic risk but more investor education needed, says SSgA’s Eleanor Hope-Bell

Fri, 23/12/2011 - 15:21

There can be no doubting the popularity of ETFs. As an asset class it has grown substantially in recent years. According to data in BlackRock’s ETF Landscape Industry Review for end of Q1 this year the number of global ETFs has risen from around 1,200 in 2007 to 2,500 in 2010. »

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