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The big structural upside in Japanese equities
trueThere is reason to believe that Japan is on the precipice of reordering its domestic savings structure as soon as this year, with potentially significant implications for its equity markets.
Beneath the ugly face of second half 2014 lies the beauty of opportunity in 2015
trueIn our view, the coming year will resemble more the volatility of the second half of 2014 than the prolonged, virtually uni-directional (i.e., up!) market that leveraged credit investors have enjoyed over the past several years.
2 ETFs help WisdomTree exceed $50 billion in assets
trueTwo exchange-traded funds are leading New York-based ETF manager WisdomTree Investments Inc. to experience significant growth.
Lothian Pension Fund adds £300 million in-house global equity portfolio
trueLothian Pension Fund created a £300 million ($450.9 million) in-house global equity portfolio.
Amundi hires PIMCO, BlackRock vets for global bond team
trueMyles Bradshaw and David Ric joined Amundi’s global fixed-income team as portfolio managers.
Draghi's latest pledge pushes yields closer to zero
trueAmong the most breathtaking moves attributable to central bank intervention is the plunge in bond yields, especially in the eurozone. The Spanish and Italian 10-year government bond yields are both down to 1.15% from peaks of 7.61% and 6.61%, respectively, on July 24, 2012 -- just before European ...
Knoxville moves into global bonds, goes passive on large-cap growth equity
trueKnoxville (Tenn.) Pension Fund hired Standish Mellon Asset Management to run a $27 million global fixed-income portfolio.
Alexandria fire and police pension fund searching for international bond manager
trueAlexandria, Va., is searching for an international or global fixed-income manager for its Firefighters and Police Officers Pension Plan.
Principal hires PIMCO exec to run new ETF business
truePaul Kim was hired as managing director and head of exchange-traded fund strategy at Principal Global Investors.
Oklahoma Teachers eyes replacing J.P. Morgan with Northern Trust as custodian
trueOklahoma Teachers' Retirement System intends to hire Northern Trust to provide custodial, securities lending and commission recapture services if the two parties can agree on contract terms.
Chicago Metropolitan Water fund names 4 finalists for global bond search
trueChicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund named four finalists in its search for active global fixed-income managers to run $50 million each.
KKR: Chinese economy has finally reached a tipping point toward services
trueKKR is predicting slower economic growth in China but says there is potential for short-term gains for stocks in 2015. The main driver of this potential is the growth of the services sector - which has overtaken manufacturing and construction as the largest component of the country's GDP (48.2% vs. ...
Wider implications of oil prices
trueWith the rapid decline and ongoing volatility in oil prices, investors will already have a sense of how the parts of their portfolios directly exposed to energy have responded, but it is also important to consider the broader investment repercussions for parts of the portfolio that are indirectly ...
Active investing in an indexed world
trueWhile active management still plays a critical role in portfolios of all sizes and sophistication levels, it’s hard to ignore the reams of headlines and research notes making the case for passive.
T. Rowe pushing against passive headwinds
trueT. Rowe Price Group Inc. has suffered heavy outflows and client terminations during the past two years from asset owners reducing their U.S. equity exposure and/or seeking passive strategies.