equities

JAPANESE EQUITIES: a raw deal

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nation, Japan’s balance books are strong and its banks remain virtually untouched by toxic debt – so why have investors withdrawn...

SECURITIES LENDING: Caught short

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...

FUNDS vs MANDATES: would you invest in a pooled fund?

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

PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT: hard to get right

Multi-asset classes and funds of funds have made performance attribution more difficult. Lynn Strongin Dodds finds that advances have been made... Performance measurement and attribution...

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: Erich Gerth

Janus Capital International’s CEO, Erich Gerth, sees a glimmer of hope in his firm’s US equities speciality. But more important than stock market performance,...

CONVERTIBLE BONDS: the best of both worlds

Convertible bonds offer investors the security of fixed income with the possibility of equity-like returns, writes Mike Reed, a senior portfolio manager at BlueBay...

BEHAVIOURAL FINANCE: we’re only human

Behavioural finance experts have been pondering the market collapse. Angele Spiteri Paris hears what they have to say... A racing heart and churning stomach are...

TRANSITION MANAGEMENT: a disappearing act

Bank failures mean transition managers need to prove their commitment. At the same time the demand for portfolio changes has increased as a result...

PENSION FUNDS: the Myners touch

Should the ‘Myners Report’, published after the dotcom crash, have prepared pension funds for the crisis of 2008? By Angele Spiteri Paris When the final...

ELECTRONIC TRADING: Sparks are flying

Nicholas Pratt looks at how competition is shaking up algorithmic trading and direct market access between older and new exchanges ... Alternative stock exchanges –...

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