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Hard Brexit would damage EU and UK, say LPs

Mon, 05/12/2016 - 09:25

Two thirds of limited partners (LPs) say there would be a negative impact on the EU from a ‘hard’ Brexit – a separation of the UK from the EU involving significant restrictions on the UK’s access to the EU single market and strong immigration curbs. »

Richard Buxton, Old Mutual

Hammond is hardly top gear

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 18:24

The reaction of financial markets to the new Chancellor’s first, and last, Autumn Statement pretty much says it all – big surprises were conspicuously absent, but longer-term challenges remain, says Richard Buxton (pictured), Head of UK Equities, Old Mutual Global Investors… »

Brexit to hit European PE investment harder than UK

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 14:18

Widespread delays to fund launches across Europe immediately followed the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, yet the outlook for the private equity (PE) industry remains optimistic, according to research by offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes. »

Cyprus positions itself as post-Brexit partner to UK funds industry

Cyprus positions itself as post-Brexit partner to UK funds industry

Thu, 03/11/2016 - 11:22

Fund managers have gathered in London to hear from the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA) about the opportunities in the country as an investment destination. »

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What next for EU economy?

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:56

Nancy Curtin, Chief Investment Officer at Close Brothers Asset Management, comments on the interest rate decision from the ECB… »

The White House

US Election - An ugly debate keeps Trump alive

Wed, 12/10/2016 - 11:49

Libby Cantrill, PIMCO’s head of public policy, on the latest in the race for the White House… »

Michael Stanes, Heartwood Investment Management

Sterling weakens, but it’s not all bad news

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 10:57

Michael Stanes (pictured), Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management, considers the wider implications of sterling’s depreciation downward spiral last week following the ‘hard Brexit’ discussions at the Conservative Party conference… »

James Klempster, Momentum

Global politics moving global markets

Fri, 07/10/2016 - 10:22

James Klempster (pictured), head of portfolio management at Momentum, explains how and why domestic and global politics is dominating the market agenda… »

Geraud Charpin, BlueBay Asset Management

The long and difficult wait for the bears

Fri, 07/10/2016 - 10:18

Geraud Charpin (pictured), Portfolio Manager, BlueBay Asset Management discusses how risk assets struggle to gain impetus as investors turn their attention to negative newsflow… »

Brexit uncertainty is silently killing the UK’s tech industry, says Magister Advisors

Thu, 22/09/2016 - 09:24

The Brexit vote is already leading to actions that are “silently killing” the UK’s technology sector, according to M&A advisory firm Magister Advisors.   »

Mike Amey

MPC to be in ‘easing mode a good while to come’

Thu, 04/08/2016 - 15:50

Mike Amey (pictured), Head of Sterling Portfolios at PIMCO comments on the Bank of England’s decision to cut interest rates…  »

Heritage positions to navigate unchartered waters following Brexit

Heritage positions to navigate unchartered waters following Brexit

Thu, 14/07/2016 - 09:04

Following the UK’s referendum result in favour of leaving the EU, Heritage Financial Services says it is in a strong position to navigate the unchartered waters ahead. »

Global alternative assets under management hit USD6.2tn

Global alternative assets under management hit USD6.2tn

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:50

Total assets managed by the top 100 alternative investment managers globally reached USD3.6 trillion in 2015, up 3 per cent on the prior year, according to research produced by Willis Towers Watson. »

Uncertainty sets global M&A activity back 26.8 per cent

Tue, 05/07/2016 - 08:27

An uncertain environment in 2016 caused by the UK’s referendum on European Union (EU) membership and US elections has negatively impacted M&A activity, setting global M&A back 26.6 per cent during the first half of 2016. »

EMEA lags behind US and Asia-Pacific for IT private equity and venture capital investments

Mon, 04/07/2016 - 13:30

The EMEA region has lost ground on its US and Asia-Pacific counterparts in sponsor-backed tech investments over the last five years, according to a report released by S&P Global Market Intelligence. »

Marie Owens Thomsen

Brexit: UK recession, but NO global recession

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 12:21

The vote to leave the EU is the start, not the end, of a process that could take up to a decade or more, says Marie Owens Thomsen (pictured), Chief Economist at Indosuez Wealth Management, Credit Agricole’s private banking arm. »

David Lamb

Brexit: Talk of Sterling freefall is overblown, but uncertainty now has no end date attached to it

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 12:02

“Amid the hyperbole and today’s vertiginous fall, Sterling’s one saving grace is that the Euro is likely to be hit almost as hard by a Brexit,” says David Lamb, head of dealing at FEXCO Corporate Payments. »

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Brexit: the impact on UK financial institutions

Fri, 24/06/2016 - 09:05

Financial institutions are facing a multitude of issues folowing the UK's vote to leave the EU, says law firm Eversheds, with passporting/mutual fund recognition likely to be a major concern for banks, investment managers and insuranace companies. »

Saker Nusseibeh

Three ‘axes’ to Brexit debate

Thu, 02/06/2016 - 13:11

The debate around Brexit revolves around three distinct axes, each of which offers somewhat different outcomes for each side of the campaign, says Saker Nusseibeh (pictured), Chief Executive, Hermes Investment Management… »

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Risks to China outlook intensify, says AB

Tue, 19/04/2016 - 10:55

Global asset manager AllianceBernstein (AB) says it remains optimistic about China’s long-term prospects, but warns that short-term risks in the policy arena and property market have intensified and “now turn on a knife-edge”. »

Salman Ahmed

The “Japanisation” of Europe

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:18

Emerging Market corporates have feasted on cheap US dollar debt over the last few years. According to a PwC report (Global Economy Watch – May 2015, "Will dollar denominated debt become an emerging economy epidemic?") since the US Federal Reserve introduced the first round of quantitative easing in 2008, dollar denominated debt rose from USD6 trillion to USD9 trillion in 2014.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

2016 augurs well for non‑directional relative value strategies

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:13

The actions of central banks over the past few years have been particularly hard for hedge funds, especially fundamental stock pickers, and whilst global macro and CTAs have been able to make some solid returns (the latter more in 2H14), there's been precious little to celebrate in hedge fund land. »

Philippe Jabre

China needs a significant currency devaluation

Thu, 24/03/2016 - 10:02

Jabre Capital Partners is one of the industry's best-known hedge funds. Established by Philippe Jabre (pictured) in 2006, the Geneva-based hedge fund runs a variety of strategies that include: Multi-strategy, Equity Long/Short, Convertible Bonds, Emerging Markets and Event Driven.  »

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