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BlueVoyant forms strategic partnership with Argos Risk. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 5:13pm. BlueVoyant, a cybersecurity services company, has formed a strategic partnership with Argos Risk, a leading provider of financial risk intelligence. The alliance will see data from Argos Risk’s AR Surveillance solution utilised in BlueVoyant’s third-party Cyber Risk Management (CRx) suite of services. The aggregated, complementary third-party risk data will better enable BlueVoyant to provide customers with clarity into their own security posture, and visibility across their vendor ecosystem.
Mercury Derivatives Trading selects Eventus Systems for trade surveillance. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 5:06pm. Mercury Derivatives Trading, a global futures proprietary trading firm with more than 500 traders operating in markets on six continents, has deployed Eventus Systems’ Validus platform for trade surveillance. Mercury Derivatives, part of the Hertshten Group, has adopted the cloud-based version of Validus on a T+1 basis for market surveillance, including the ability to identify and address a wide range of potential market manipulation behaviors. Elad Hertshten, a senior member of the Hertshten Group, says: "For us, we find that one of the most important things to survive long-term in this industry is to be fully compliant.
DTCC launches enhanced access to critical money markets data. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 5:06pm. The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation's (DTCC) DTCC Money Market Kinetics service has been enhanced to deliver more frequent updates to critical data, helping to provide increased transparency into the volatility that has been impacting money markets since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Understanding that access to data has become even more critical during periods of increased market uncertainty, DTCC recently updated the DTCC Money Market Kinetics service to deliver data on money market instruments on a timelier and more comprehensive basis.
RQSI launches Wizard of Odds asset allocation tool. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 4:38pm. Ramsey Quantitative Systems (RQSI) has launched Wizard of Odds, a portfolio analysis and simulation tool that illuminates the implications of asset allocation strategies and provides insight into areas for improvement. After setting asset allocations as a percentage, investors can view historical performance as well as run the portfolio through a Monte Carlo simulation to assess the probability of the strategy meeting desired outcomes over time. "We needed a way to accurately distill and analyse client portfolios to identify which of our products could make the greatest positive impact," says Neil Ramsey, CEO of RQSI.
Thornburg Better World International Fund marks fifth anniversary. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 4:37pm. Thornburg Investment Management (Thornburg), has marked the fifth anniversary of the Thornburg Better World International Fund. "Investors may be skeptical about whether ESG-focused strategies can improve long-term performance," says Portfolio Manager Di Zhou.
Credit Suisse Asset Management’s Credit Investments Group closes Edition CLO Opportunity Fund at USD265m. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 4:19pm. Credit Suisse Asset Management’s Credit Investments Group (CIG) has held the final close of the Edition CLO Opportunity Fund, CIG’s first collateralised loan obligation (CLO) equity focused fund, with USD265 million in capital commitments. The Edition CLO Opportunity Fund is a CLO fund that invests opportunistically in a diversified, actively managed portfolio of equity tranches of CLO transactions, equity in CLO warehouses, as well as CLO mezzanine and senior debt tranches.
UK pension funds plan to increase allocations to renewables. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 10:55am. Over the next five years, 68 per cent of UK pension fund investors expect allocations to renewable energy to increase, compared to just 10 per cent who expect it to fall. That's according to new research from Alpha Real Capital (Alpha), the specialist manager of secure income real assets. When it comes to the UK, 74 per cent of those surveyed already invest in the renewable energy sector.
Federated Hermes appoints three Asia-Pacific Business Development Directors. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 10:54am. Responsible investment firm Federated Hermes has hired three Business Development Directors for the Asia Pacific region. Gary Horton has been appointed as Head of Distribution, Australia and New Zealand, a new role in a region where Federated Hermes has seen strong interest and business growth in recent years.
Short duration bonds represent one of “the best options” for corporates and investors. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 10:45am. Short duration bonds represent one of “the best options” for corporates and investors looking to hold money in cash, says AXA IM's Trindade. Yields have collapsed this year amid the coronavirus crisis and the sharp increase in government bond purchases by major central banks. This means cash now yields barely above zero, and with rates unlikely to rise in the near-term amid the crisis, investors are seeing returns from cash vanish. AXA Investments Management's Nicolas Trindade, who manages the AXA Sterling Credit Short Duration and Global Short Duration Bond funds, says investors need to look further up the risk spectrum now
Delta Capital appoints delivery lead. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 10:35am. Delta Capita, a provider of managed services, solutions and consulting, announced that it has appointed Pete Mayberry as Managing Principal to lead client delivery. Delta Capita has ambitious growth plans for its managed services offering, and Mayberry will be instrumental in delivering this for clients.
NN Investment Partners marks milestone of EUR3bn in green bonds AUM. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 10:33am. Four years since launching its first green bonds strategy, NN Investment Partners (NN IP) has now reached the milestone of EUR3 billion assets under management (AuM) across the green bond strategies and mandates. NN IP wholeheartedly believes that green bonds make for an attractive proposition for investors seeking to make an impact, and that these are a viable replacement for regular bonds in a fixed income portfolio.
New paper from InReg and Veneziano & Partners maps out steps for SFDR compliance. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 10:08am. InReg and Veneziano & Partners have released a new information paper, SFDR - Road Map to March 2021, which contains actionable intelligence and is a highly practical tool to help financial market participants with mapping out the steps required to comply with SFDR by March 2021. Tags.
Mercer study highlights impact of Covid-19 on future pensions. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 10:05am. The widespread economic impact of Covid-19 is heightening the financial pressures which retirees face, both now and in the future. Coupled with increasing life expectancies and the rising pressure on public resources to support the health and welfare of ageing populations, Covid-19 is exacerbating retirement insecurity, according to the 12th annual Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index. Tags.
CapVest acquires Datasite. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 9:28am. Funds managed by CapVest Partners (CapVest), an international private equity firm, have agreed to acquire Datasite Global Corporation (Datasite), a global Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider across the deal lifecycle. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Datasite has more than 750 employees in 25 locations across 13 countries.
Robeco expands insurance team with Head of Insurance Analytics. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 9:26am. Robeco has expanded its Insurance team by appointing Clara Yan as Head of Insurance Analytics. Yan reports to Ed Collinge, Robeco’s Global Head of Insurance Strategy. In this newly created role, Yan will further develop, enhance and coordinate Robeco’s insurance analytics capabilities, and serve the needs of existing insurance clients as well as prospects. In addition, she will advise insurers on areas like asset allocation and capital management while managing accounting, regulatory, rating agency and ALM considerations. Yan joins from Schroders, where she served as Insurance Asset Liability Management Director, responsible for balance sheet adviso.
UK equity funds falter as Brexit deadlock and coronavirus fall-out fuel negative sentiment. Submitted. By Madeleine Taylor | 20/10/2020 - 9:24am. Investors have punished UK equity funds with heavy outflows, as the government stretches out ongoing trade negotiations with the European Union. Some UK equity fund managers say there needs to be the “certainty” of either a deal or no-deal outcome, in order for “never before seen” levels of negativity in investor sentiment to give way to a recovery in UK stocks. Between June and August, UK equity funds suffered their worst three months on record, with investors pulling a total of GBP1.2 billion from funds in this category. The turmoil continued into September, which saw three UK-focused funds feature.
Northern Trust Survey shows uptick in outsourcing amongst asset managers in Asia-Pacific. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 9:23am. A recent Northern Trust survey, which polled 300 asset managers around the world including 30 per cent from the Asia-Pacific region, has highlighted an increasing trend for asset managers to outsource front-to-back office operations in order to optimise their operating models, gain operational resiliency and improve bottom line performance. According to the survey, 40 per cent of the Asia-Pacific based asset managers, are considering outsourcing their middle-office and investment book of record functions, allowing them to focus on alpha-generating returns and solutions that provide greater scale, flexibility and speed to ma.
Public Corda blockchain network gets its first digital currency. Submitted. 20/10/2020 - 9:22am. XDC, the first Corda Network digital currency has been launched by Cordite Society Ltd, a co-operative society registered in the UK, which has leveraged the existing UK legal structure for mutual societies to operate a digital currency, providing the first onshore legal structure for decentralised finance (DeFi). XDC, is an exchange token, released onto the Public Corda network, a publicly-available internet of Corda nodes operated by network participants.

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