Buy side Archive

Feb 08, 2019
The week in IR: Investors pull $25 bn from US ETFs, and QSE-listed companies to appoint an IRO under new rules
The Wall Street Journal reported that investors pulled a record $25 bn from US exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in January, despite the market climbing. It described the departure – the first in nearly a year – as a symptom of heightened wariness after December 2018’s rout. According to the newspaper, shares have since recovered due to stronge...
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Feb 06, 2019
No ‘pig of a year’ for investors looking to China
As China celebrates its New Year, many investors will be hoping the Year of the Pig doesn’t live up to its name – and the expectation is that it won’t. Like most of the world’s capital markets, Chinese stocks ended 2018 on a sour note, with both the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock indices slumping into bear market territory for the year at -25 percent and -35 percent, respectively. ‘Just as there were several contributing factors to the remarkable retur...
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Jan 30, 2019
Hermes: 2019 could be turning point for emerging markets
Today’s emerging markets are ‘better placed to weather shocks’ than in the past, according to a research note from Silvia Dall’Angelo, senior economist at Hermes Investment Management, who argues that ‘improved financial resilience, robust policies and few new tailwinds could support a brighter 2019 across emerging markets.’ This follows a ‘challenging’ backdrop to 2018, caused by global financial conditions, slowing growth in China and ‘fraught’...
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Jan 29, 2019
ETF providers turn to strategic beta strategies after market turmoil
Exchange-traded fund (ETF) providers are turning to more expensive strategic beta and actively managed strategies after rapid industry growth froze last year with the end-of-year stock market turmoil. More than half (57 percent) of ETF issuers highlight that they are developing strategic beta strategies – which use rules-based strategies that are not necessarily market-weighted – compared with 41 percent of issuers that report developing active ETFs and 36 perce...
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Jan 25, 2019
Five trends changing the ESG investing landscape in 2019
The field of ESG investing has undergone rapid changes in recent years. Below, we share five trends we’re seeing in the space, and what they mean for investors. Trend one: Investors are moving from purely exclusionary to integrated ESG strategies For decades, asset owners have used exclusionary strategies to keep securities that did not align with their values out of their portfolios. Increasingly, we see investors embrace ESG investing due...
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Jan 25, 2019
UK biotech sector sees massive boost in 2018
The UK biotech sector was given a massive boost last year when it raised a record £2.2 bn ($2.9 bn) from investors. New figures in a report from the UK BioIndustry Association (BIA) and Informa Pharma Intelligence – ‘Confident capital: backing UK biotech’ – show the total is the best ever recorded, and almost double the £1.2 bn raised by UK-based biotech co...
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Jan 25, 2019
How long-term investors deal with short-term pressures
Asset owners with a long-term time horizon are not immune to short-term pressures, according to a new publication from FCLT Global. The 30-page publication – ‘Balancing act: managing risk across multiple time horizons’ – addresses the challenge of managing multiple-horizon portfolios such as pension plans, sovereign wealth funds and endowments, by outlining why such management is important.  The report builds on the findings uncovered at ...
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Jan 21, 2019
BofAML survey reveals secular stagnation outlook
Investors’ expectations for global GDP growth continue to fall, as 60 percent of those surveyed in the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) January Fund Manager Survey think global growth will weaken over the next 12 months. This is the worst outlook on the global economy since July 2008 and below the trough seen in January 2001. This month’s survey finds the worst outlook on profits since 2008, with 52 percent of investors expecting global profits to d...
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Jan 16, 2019
Hedge funds marginally outperform market
Hedge funds marginally outperformed the market last year, posting a 4.07 percent annual loss versus the S&P’s 4.38 percent fall, according to data from Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research (HFR). The last time hedge funds beat the market was during the financial crisis. The HFRI Fund Weighted Composite (FWC) Index – constructed to capture the breadth of hedge fund performance trends – fell 1.97 percent in December, topping US equities and most global a...
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