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  1. Smart beta indexes gain currency with Asian investors

    Balaji Thiruvengadasamy, director, equity derivatives at Barclays in Hong Kong, says: "During the initial years of the quantitative investment strategies (QIS) development, historical performance tended to influence the index design.

  2. Risk premium strategies favoured over beta commodity indexes

    However, the trend was short-lived, as commodities slumped throughout the summer, now showing negative returns for the year, with the S the country that usually drives commodity prices, according to Kevin Norrish, London-based head of commodity...

  3. Ossiam rewarded for innovation in strategies

    In recent weeks, Barclays selected Ossiam exclusively in Europe to launch ETFs based on the Shiller Barclays Cape Sector Value Indices covering US and Europe. The indexes, developed jointly by Barclays and US economist, academic and author Robert...

  4. Hong Kong warrant market players bullish about 2015

    As many as 29 banks have issued warrants on the Hong Kong market since 2005 but the exit of Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Rabobank from the sector last year brought the number of active players down to 14.

  5. Asian demand spurs commodities boom

    In addition, Barclays Capital hired Steven Chiang as director, commodities trading, Asia-Pacific crude oil and refined products to develop a physical presence in the oil markets in the region, a process that has culminated with the company now...

  6. The dangers of a more liquid gold market

    Barclays Capital notes net sales by the official sector – which includes the International Monetary Fund, not part of the agreement – dropped from 174 tonnes in 2008 to an estimated 25 tonnes in 2009 and a forecast 15 tonnes in 2010.

  7. Exchange-traded fund assets under management continue to smash records in Europe

    Assets under management (AUM) in exchange traded funds (ETFs) in Europe reached an all-time high in August, hitting $192.1 billion, according to research published by Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in September.

  8. Rays of hope

    If anything, the past 12 months have reaffirmed the importance of protection and diversification – two concepts that almost go hand in hand,” says Allen McCristal, head of distribution at Barclays Capital in Sydney.

  9. Avoiding dividend meltdown

    On March 10, 2010 Dow Jones Eurostoxx 50 implied dividends were at 54 points, having traded at 134.4 points when Lehman collapsed on September 15, according to figures from Barclays Capital. Investors, too, were hurt on long dividend trades, while...

  10. The road to a quality Street

    Richard Couzens, head of product origination, investor solutions at Barclays Capital: Investors remain sensitive to issuers’ credit ratings and are more aware of the associated credit risk related to their investments.

  11. Clearing CDS for lift-off

    These measures would make single-name CDSs more bond-like and aid transparency for investors, said Jason Quinn, head of US high-grade credit derivatives trading at Barclays Capital in New York. Nevertheless, the redesign of North American CDSs is...

  12. SSgA adds to European product team

    Jennifer Hole - formerly a cash strategist and product manager at Barclays Global Investors - joins as a product engineer. Michael Arone, a former senior portfolio manager at SSgA's global active quantitative equity team in Boston, has become head...

  13. Common currency

    A lot of the investors we had in carry were looking at it on a risk-adjusted basis over the longer term," says Ritika Dhamija, head of structured FX product management at Barclays Capital (Barcap) in London.

  14. Db x-trackers tops European league as fastest-growing ETF provider

    Db x-trackers, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) arm of Deutsche Bank, was the fastest growing ETF provider in Europe in 2008, with net inflows of more than $13 billion, according to Barclays Global Investors' year-end ETF Industry Preview.

  15. Insurance debt: Don't take a tumble

    Manish Bakhda of Barclays Capital believes that a crucial factor in the sector's recovery will be the ability of insurers to show that they can consistently raise capital through internal methods during this period of stress, rather than having to...