Indices and other quandaries over China

The China growth story is putting increasing pressure on index providers to maintain the integrity of their indices. Emerging markets indices, for instance, may be becoming irrelevant. According to Rob Lovelace, the president and vice-chairman of Capital Group and one

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Robeco takes contrarian view of credit

While the consensus view of credit markets is that investors should be long, at least one credit manager, Maurice Meijers of Robeco Asset Management, takes the other side. In the global equity and fixed income manager’s quarterly outlook delivered last

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NZ gags fund performance ads

In a highly unusual move, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has cracked down on fund managers advertising post-COVID boom-time annual returns. The regulator has warned managers that advertising any “phenomenal” returns garnered over the 12 months to March 31 could

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The bright side of data regulation

It was little more than a year ago that trading spreads across a range of instruments had blown out to record levels, courtesy of the first market impact of covid-19. Now, they are as narrow as they have ever been.

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ESG, impact trends playing out in fixed income

While ESG investing through equities attracts most of the limelight, fixed income is increasingly gaining the attention it deserves. The asset class is, after all, about 40 times the size of the equities market. In a webinar last week to

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Backoffice improvements after covid subsides

About a third of securities trading firms on both sides of the deal experienced operational stresses during the peak covid-19 volatility last year, according to a new DTCC white paper. The paper, carried out by global back-office behemoth DTCC (Depository

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How the market beats economic forecasts

Research Affiliates has taken the study of factor timing to a user-friendly new level through a paper which argues that the market’s momentum and valuation are good predictors of economic influences. The paper, by Mike Aked, director of research for

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BNY Mellon clings to global lead

The three largest global custodian banks have enjoyed hefty increases in the total assets under custody and administration in the March quarter as markets continued to rebound. BNY Mellon is still the biggest. BNY Mellon remained the largest in the

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Front-to-back services boost global custody

Front-to-back services and market activity have helped the big global asset servicing companies to record levels of assets under custody and administration in the March quarter, despite falling interest income. State Street emphasised the success of its front-to-back offering, which

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Commonsense case for D&I action

In recent years, the global surge towards ensuring diversity and inclusion within corporate leadership has intensified. In 2020, industry super fund HESTA launched an initiative called ’40:40 Vision’. It advocates for more diversity in executive leadership in corporate Australia by

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