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Barry Norris, partner, Argonaut Capital Partners

Now the hard work starts for Europe

Thu, 27/10/2011 - 17:26

Last night's announcement of an agreement between Euro-zone leaders and EU banks on the restructuring of Greek debt, recapitalisation of banks, leverage of the EFSF and a move toward common economic governance within the Euro-zone was the most credible political response to date to the sovereign debt crisis, says Barry Norris, partner, Argonaut Capiral Partners… »

Munib Ali, director, PwC

MiFID II proposals could contribute to the decline of OTC trading

Sun, 23/10/2011 - 18:14

Munib Ali, director at PwC, on the European Commission’s (EC) release of the Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) II proposals… »

Peter Moore, head of regulation and compliance at UK compliance consultancy, The IMS Group

Naked sovereign CDS ban is difficult to comprehend

Wed, 19/10/2011 - 17:23

Peter Moore (pictured), head of regulation and compliance at UK compliance consultancy, The IMS Group, responds to yesterday’s EU agreement regarding regulation of credit default swaps (CDS) and short selling… »

Dermot Butler, chairman, Custom House Global Fund Services

Even for Directors, there are only 24 hours in the day

Tue, 18/10/2011 - 17:26

+ information request There has been a lot of comment in the media about the responsibilities and duties of hedge and alternative investment fund directors. Although the topic had been quite a high profile for several years, the Weavering judgement in the Caymans has focussed the minds of not only the Directors themselves, but also their attorneys and, of course, investors in the funds (predominantly institutional) who have been at the forefront of this movement, says Dermot Butler (pictured), chairman of Custom House Global Fund Services… »

Monique Melis, Kinetic Partners

Rajaratnam sentencing sends clear message

Tue, 18/10/2011 - 08:10

Monique Melis, a Member at financial advisory firm Kinetic Partners, on the sentencing of Raj Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison for insider trading… »

Philippe Lecoq, Co-manager of European Equities, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management

The outlook for European equities amid troubled markets

Fri, 14/10/2011 - 11:15

Today’s market environment is very tricky. Volatility is high and investors are expecting the worst: sovereign defaults in Europe, a double dip in the US and weakness in the banking sector. This has all led to severe tensions on stock markets, says Philippe Lecoq (pictured), Co-manager of European Equities and Olivier Huet, European equity fund manager at Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management. And yet the microeconomic picture contrasts sharply with the current macroeconomic situation. In Europe in particular, companies are enjoying excellent fundamentals like historically high margins, robust balance sheets and abundant liquidity… »

Thomas Becket, Chief Investment Officer, PSigma Investment Management

Bridge over troubled water

Wed, 12/10/2011 - 00:34

Many opportunities exist for the patient investor, says Thomas Becket, Chief Investment Officer, PSigma Investment Management… »

Bill O'Neill, CIO, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Emerging market equity valuations begin to look attractive

Tue, 11/10/2011 - 09:55

The corollary to the recent falls in emerging market equities is that valuations begin to look attractive, says Bill O’Neill, EMEA Chief Investment Officer of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management… »

Chris Wylie, chief investment officer, Iveagh Private Investment House

Latest round of QE is 'bold'

Mon, 10/10/2011 - 12:43

Chris Wyllie, chief investment officer at Iveagh Private Investment House (Guinness family office), comments on the BoE’s announcement of a further GBP75bn of QE… »

Azad Zangana, European Economist, Schroders

BoE restarts quantitative easing

Thu, 06/10/2011 - 12:46

Azad Zangana (pictured), European Economist at Schroders, on the Bank of England's decision to restart quantitative easing… »

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