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  • De-Lux modelling

    28 September 2015

    De-Lux modelling Luxembourg is small – and to survive it has had to innovate. That continues in its asset management business which is rolling out the red carpet to new Ucits products and new clients that are shaping the future distribution and technological landscape More »

  • Accounting the cost

    29 September 2015

    With the OTC market facing the biggest set of regulatory changes in its history – from EMIR to the broader banking sector Basel 3 regulations – the fear is that the cost of total compliance could force a number of banking and clearing providers out of the market over the next three to four years. Simon Murray discusses the regulatory ripple effect with experts from all sectors of the European derivatives market More »

  • Photos of ISF Dinner 2015

    30 September 2015

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  • Systemic seesaw

    28 September 2015

    Regulators want multiple small CCPs to reduce systemic risk. Investors want the reverse – a few very large CCPs to reduce the total margin they need to post. Is there a cost effective answer that reconciles both sides? By Paul Golden More »

  • The margining maze

    28 September 2015

    New US regulation will require most users – including hitherto unaffected buy side firms – to post initial or variation margin on non-cleared derivatives. Is the market ready for change or will managers exit and use other options for mitigating their risk exposures? By Dave Simons More »

  • Time for the derivatives cabaret to go global

    28 September 2015

    The transatlantic wrangling over derivatives reform harmonization continues to take centre stage while reform in non-US and European jurisdictions have been sidelined – until now. Developments over the last 12 months suggest that momentum is building and although challenges remain, major reform is afoot from Australia to Africa. By Paul Golden More »

  • Sitting on collateral

    28 September 2015

    As new regulatory demands for collateral posting begin the pro-ETF collateral lobby is growing. Are investors sitting on a largely untapped collateral source? The development of ETF filters looks set to provide the answer. By Tanzeel Akhtar More »

  • London calling

    25 September 2015

    Signs are that in 2016 the export of the multi-asset fund concept from London to the US market will boom. Sophisticated multi-asset is an innovation and not just a repackaging of traditional balanced funds. But given the last innovation out of London was ABS, should investors be wary of Londoners bearing gifts? By Ceri Jones More »

  • The art of noise

    25 September 2015

    Big data and cognitive computing are reshaping investment management – particularly in the ESG sector. But it needs to complement, not replace, traditional investment processes. By Hendrik Bartel, CEO and co-founder of Insight 360 More »

  • Cruel summer

    25 September 2015

    UK pension schemes have suffered during the volatility of the last quarter and are subtly changing their attitude to investment – in some cases from beta to unconstrained. By Alastair O’Dell More »

  • Equity Lending Survey 2015: The Results

    25 September 2015

    Morgan Stanley and State Street have taken the highest accolades in the 2015 Global Investor/ISF equity lending survey. More »

  • The infrastructure kings

    08 September 2015

    Infrastructure funds could soon be benefiting from a Middle East sovereign wealth fund (SWF) client base. The region’s SWFs are growing in, and hiring in, expertise in infrastructure investment. Consequently, the jump from direct equity, where opportunities are limited, to secondary infra fund investment looks more and more certain. By Tom Nelthorpe More »

  • The low spark of high yield

    08 September 2015

    Through the first half of the year net inflows to high-yield bond products severely lagged 2014’s tally, and with spreads widening, crude tumbling and the Fed poised to begin tapering, lower-grade corporate issues are likely to remain under pressure. A prolonged reversal in the making, or just another pronounced pause? By Dave Simon More »

  • How green is green?

    07 September 2015

    Applying ESG principles is laudable but not always practical – until now. New entrant to the market Arabesque is matching outstanding stock performance with deeply researched ESG criteria. By Sean Keating More »

  • Tehran or bust?

    07 September 2015

    With a developed stock exchange and undervalued stock that continues to drop in price – the first western fund could be trading in Iran by the end of the month. By Andrew Maloney. More »

  • Even Icahns get it wrong

    07 September 2015

    ETFs are a liquidity crisis waiting to happen according to Carl Icahn. Did the world’s biggest activist investor have a point or miss the point? By Andrew Maloney More »

  • Fortune rookies

    07 September 2015

    Investors cannot have foreseen all the turmoil that has hit the Chinese market. Many of the problems have been the unnecessary result of government interference, poor policy and poor communication, says Alastair O’Dell More »

  • Should it stay or should it go?

    07 September 2015

    With their domestic market saturated, US equity investors are looking to the European market for margin opportunities. The spectre of Grexit and contagion appeared to do little to curb that appetite. But with no final Greek debt solution in sight, is there still the potential for a slump in investor appetite for eurozone debt and equity while Greece remains in the EU? By Ceri Jones More »

  • Litigation funding attracts hedge funds

    07 September 2015

    Litigation funding is producing the kind of margins hedge funds got when they were at their profit generating peak. But as more funds get into the sector, and new litigation strategies develop, the market is beginning to attract some powerful critics. By Tanzeel Akhtar More »

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  • Sitting on collateral

    28 September 2015

    As new regulatory demands for collateral posting begin the pro-ETF collateral lobby is growing. Are investors sitting on a largely untapped collateral source? The development of ETF filters looks set to provide the answer. By Tanzeel Akhtar



  • MiFID II prompts Deutsche Börse to partner with REGIS-TR

    02 October 2015

    Acting in response to the implementation of MiFID II reporting requirements in early 2017, Deutsche Börse and the European trade repository REGIS-TR have announced a joint initiative to offer joint transaction reporting services covering the new regulation.

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  • CloudMargin to apply AI to data extraction

    02 October 2015

    CloudMargin and RAVN Systems have announced a partnership aimed at applying RAVN’s Applied Cognitive Engine (ACE) to data extraction from collateral agreements.

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  • HSBC Saudi wins Ashmore custody mandate

    07 October 2015

    HSBC Saudi Arabia has been mandated as local custodian to Ashmore Group - one of the first international asset managers to get qualified foreign investor (QFI) status to invest in Saudi’s stock market (Tadawul).


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  • SGSS UK mandated by PSG for wealth and investment outsourcing

    05 October 2015

    Societe Generale Securities Services in the UK has been mandated by PSG Wealth, the wealth management arm of South African financial services group PSG Konsult, to provide an outsourcing service covering execution and investment administration for foreign assets.

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