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UK asset managers shun traditional asset classes and line-up alternatives, multi-asset and ESG fund launches for 2020. Submitted. 26/05/2020 - 9:35am. The UK’s largest investment managers are moving away from traditional asset classes when prioritising new product launches for 2020, according to the latest Product Trends Survey from Alpha FMC, the asset and wealth management consultancy. 60 per cent of the asset managers surveyed cited alternatives as one of the top three priorities for product launches in 2020, followed by multi-asset (53 per cent) and responsible investment products (40 per cent). Multi asset demand remains high but institutional demand for alternatives is increasing. The growing popularity of multi-asset funds identified in
Asset managers embrace natural language processing, study shows. Submitted. 26/05/2020 - 9:19am. Large investment firms are tapping into natural language processing to build in-house automated solutions, according to a report published by text analytics company FinText. The analysis reveals two forces are pushing investment banks and asset managers to experiment with this specialised branch of AI technology.
Australian Bond Exchange partners with Iress to expand access to Australian bonds. Submitted. 26/05/2020 - 9:14am. A new partnership between the Australian Bond Exchange and fintech firm Iress will enable Australian private investors, self-managed superannuation fund trustees, brokers, financial advisers, and other market participants to digitally invest directly in Australian bonds. The Australian Bond Exchange is Australia’s pre-eminent marketplace for investing in Australian bonds, enabling private investors to transact in parcels as small as AUD10,000 without the fees of managed funds or exchange-traded funds or the high costs of the over-the-counter market. “We’re pioneering a new bond market for all Australians, giving private investors
Alt data firm uses ESG to sort ‘angels’ from ‘zombies’ as junk bond market surges. Submitted. By Madeleine Taylor | 22/05/2020 - 11:29am. Analysing a company’s ESG profile may be the key when it comes to sorting the ‘angels’ from the ‘zombies’ among the expanding class of recently-downgraded junk bonds, says Truvalue Labs in a new report examining this year’s cohort of ‘Fallen Angels’. The AI-driven data company analysed a representative cohort of companies globally whose debt has recently been downgraded from investment grade to junk, and ranked them according to an algorithmic ESG Insight Score that reflects their exposure to ESG risks. Transport firms featured heavily among the 19 companies which Truvalue named as “requiring further risk an.
North Square Investments acquires All Cap Value Fund from Advisory Research. Submitted. 22/05/2020 - 10:00am. Multi-boutique investment manager North Square Investments has completed the acquisition of Advisory Research’s All Cap Value Fund. The fund has been renamed the North Square Advisory Research All Cap Value Fund (ADVGX) with Advisory Research retained as the sub-adviser. This acquisition is the second by North Square this year, reflecting their ongoing commitment to offer an expanded suite of actively managed investment strategies. This transaction is also part of a broader relationship between North Square and Advisory Research whereby North Square will market the Advisory Research All Cap Value strategy into retail distribution chann.
EdenTree IM expands to Channel Islands with sales hire. Submitted. 22/05/2020 - 9:52am. EdenTree Investment Management, an investment firm focused on responsible and sustainable investing, has hired Phil Davey to its wholesale and retail distribution team. Davey assumes responsibility for wholesale client relationships in London and the South East and will seek to expand on this already strong book of business as EdenTree looks to the next stage of growth.
BNY Mellon Investment Management launches outsourced investment adviser. Submitted. 22/05/2020 - 9:15am. BNY Mellon Investment Management, an investment firm and wealth manager, has launched BNY Mellon Investor Solutions, an SEC-registered investment adviser that offers comprehensive portfolio management and investment advisory services for investors worldwide seeking outsourced investment management. With USD11 billion currently in global assets under management, in addition to USD110.8 billion in assets under advisement across the firm, BNY Mellon Investor Solutions builds upon BNY Mellon's nearly 50 years of experience as an Outsourced Chief Investment Officer (OCIO), helping to provide institutions with asset allocation, manager selection
3K Investment Partners selects Axia to advance fund and asset management. Submitted. 21/05/2020 - 1:52pm. 3K Investment Partners, a mutual funds company based in Athens, has selected Axia, the omni-channel investment management system by Profile Software, to address its fund and wealth management operations on a single platform supporting all of its investment activities in an fully automated environment. 3K Investment Partners is an independent mutual funds management firm that acts as a representative of NN Investment Partners in Greece and Cyprus, supporting the sales network of NN Hellas and other distribution networks of NN Investment Partners’ Luxembourg UCITS.
RIMES launches new dashboard to help asset managers comply with EU benchmarks regulation. Submitted. 21/05/2020 - 10:41am. RIMES, a data management and regtech provider, has launched a new dashboard to help asset managers quickly understand their exposure under the EU Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). The BMR has provided a significant compliance challenge for the buy-side.
CLS appoints three new board directors. Submitted. 21/05/2020 - 9:55am. CLS, a market infrastructure group delivering settlement, processing and data solutions, has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors at the CLS Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2020. The new directors on the Board are Karen Keenan (independent director), John Trundle (independent director) and Naoto Nakamura (MUFG). Keenan is a C-suite executive with over 30 years of experience who recently retired as the chief administrative officer of State Street Corporation, where she led key cross-enterprise initiatives including oversight of its end-to-end technology and operational resiliency program and business line risk management. Trundle is the former chief execut.
Redburn implements Glue42 to ride market volatility wave. Submitted. 21/05/2020 - 9:45am. Independent equity research and execution firm Redburn has completed a successful proof of concept (PoC) using fintech provider Glue42 to integrate and synchronise key applications, sales intelligence and data for more efficient trade execution. "We have recently had the perfect storm of high volume, high volatility, and a global workforce that’s working from home for the first time ever," says Will Winzor-Saile, partner, Redburn.
Has fund governance improved since the financial crisis? Submitted. 21/05/2020 - 9:11am. The 2008 financial crisis revealed many corporate governance deficiencies at alternative funds. Twelve years on, Covid-19 is causing a different set of challenges. Bill Prew, CEO of independent depositary INDOS Financial, assesses whether governance practices in the industry have improved and if investors’ interests are now being better safeguarded. The 2008 financial crisis exposed many deficiencies in corporate governance practices in the alternative funds industry. Not only was it revealed that a lot of offshore boards failed to prevent managers from succumbing to style drift and investment mandate breaches, but when the crisis hit, many directors simp.
German Government adds DWS expert to Sustainable Finance Advisory Council. Submitted. 20/05/2020 - 2:20pm. The German Government has appointed Petra Pflaum, DWS’ CIO for Responsible Investment, to its Sustainable Finance Advisory Council. Pflaum will become a member effective from 20 May 2020. Pflaum’s appointment was made upon the request of the German Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. Pflaum comments: "I am very proud to be able to advise the German Government on its Sustainable Finance strategy and to participate in its implementation together with the other members of the Advisory Council. Our declared and common g.
HSBC and IFC close USD474m bond fund for climate action in emerging markets. Submitted. 20/05/2020 - 2:07pm. HSBC Global Asset Management and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, have closed the HSBC Real Economy Green Investment Opportunity GEM Bond Fund, which has raised USD474 million of new financing to support climate risk-mitigation investments across emerging markets. Emerging market countries have been hit by some of the worst impacts of climate change and many are insufficiently equipped to address them.
Only one in seven UK defined benefit pension schemes say more cash is the answer, reports Willis Towers Watson. Submitted. 20/05/2020 - 11:14am. The majority of UK defined benefit pension schemes expect to extend their time horizons to reach full funding, rather than seek additional cash contributions from sponsors, according to a Willis Towers Watson survey of UK pension schemes in the wake of Covid-19. The survey of 90 UK-based pension scheme managers and trustees found that while 36 per cent were not making any changes to their journey plan in reaction to falls in funding levels, 31 per cent were considering extending their time horizons, with only 15 per cent saying additional cash was the answer. As a result, the majority of pension schem.

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