equities

May 19, 2009

Nicholas Pratt talks to institutional investors to see what changes they have made to their securities lending programmes and what implications these will have for its long-term future...

May 19, 2009

Significant restructuring among French asset managers owned by banks has increased the number of opportunities for smaller, independent investment houses. Angèle Spiteri Paris asks if the large houses still have any legs...

Apr 22, 2009

In today's post-Lehman climate, hedge funds are seeking to use multiple prime brokers in order to reduce the risk of locking up assets with insolvent banks, writes Nicholas Pratt...

Apr 20, 2009

Corporate bonds may not be the most glamorous or high-profile of investments, but their issuance is currently reaching record levels. Nick Fitzpatrick finds that they are a good asset for long-term investors...

Apr 15, 2009

“Today,
enough of talking – it is time now to do,” said Tony Blair upon
entering Downing Street in 1997 as the first Labour prime minister in
the UK for 18 years. It all seems rather far away and we may
argue until the cows (or indeed the Tories) come home about the Blair
legacy. No matter, the sentiment expressed is surely valid, and within
our own industry it could be applied most usefully to one of Mr Blair’s
favourite hobby horses: education.

Apr 09, 2009

The business suit was always incongruous as a symbol of radical protest - but last week things changed. A small but significant number of financial professionals in the besieged City of London ignored HR’s motherly advice to dress casually and instead buttoned down collars and straightened up ties before boarding the morning train.

Apr 07, 2009

Sales of gold funds have been impressive during the financial crisis. But Angele Spiteri Paris finds that pension funds may prefer to hold physical gold rather than ETFs and other fund structures...

Apr 07, 2009

A comparatively cautious nation, Japan’s balance books are strong and its banks remain virtually untouched by toxic debt – so why have investors withdrawn funds? By Angele Spiteri Paris...

Mar 19, 2009

Activity in securities lending is picking up after last year’s short-selling bans. As lenders return to the market, Nicholas Pratt looks at how processes have changed...

Mar 19, 2009

The UK is arguably getting comfortable with pooled funds, but local authorities are still proving tough to persuade, finds Nick Fitzpatrick...

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