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  1. Smart beta indexes gain currency with Asian investors

    The losses occurred as the commodities cycle turned, causing precipitous falls across the board, but the Citi index did outperform the benchmark Dow Jones UBS commodities index by 3.09%. Indeed, independence of provider has become a higher priority...

  2. Stoxx leads the way with value-focused smart-beta service

    The index often prices better than its benchmark in option format and can be an ideal underlying investment for capital-protected funds. Index provider Stoxx has delivered a complex and comprehensive suite of smart beta indexes in the past year...

  3. Green is the colour of choice for BNP Paribas in France

    In all, BNPP has sold around €1 billion worth of structured products linked to the Ethical Europe Equity (EEE) index, a benchmark of socially responsible companies, since it launched in April 2013. The index can be down as much as 5%, but investors...

  4. UBS dominates listed products in Switzerland

    Many commodity managers in Switzerland manage Ucits [Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities] funds, but recent changes to benchmark regulation have made the traditional way of doing so impossible.

  5. Mariana Capital offers autocall on FTSE 100 stocks

    All three underlying shares are from large, well-known companies in the UK's benchmark FTSE 100 index. If the product does not kick out but one of the assets has breached the barrier, investors will receive no return and the amount of initial...

  6. Shanghai RMB crude contract faces margin and legal hurdles

    If the launch is successful, it will be the world's first CFR crude oil contract and it is expected to serve not only as a China benchmark, but for the whole of Asia. On the positive side for traders, no tax will be charged on capital gains made by...

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  7. Industry picks holes in BCR proposals

    To further complicate matters, respondents to a public consultation on the measure that closed at the end of August varyingly described the BCR as “a global capital benchmark”, the foundation for higher loss-absorbency requirements for G-Siis, and...

  8. Trover: Local Search and Discovery Through Images

    Trover is a mobile local discovery app (iOS and it's backed by General Catalyst, Ignition, and Benchmark Capital. The app is built around "spatial browsing" and puts images at the center. Co-founder and CEO Jason Karas contends this is a...

  9. Bermuda to emphasise regulatory strengths in bid to gain more hedge fund business

    Bermuda has signed over 20 tax-information exchange agreements with trading partners, well ahead of the benchmark of 12 set by the OECD. This is largely a question of the reporting, infrastructure and capital requirements in the jurisdiction.

  10. Asian demand spurs commodities boom

    So for example, in the case of thermal coal from Indonesia, the varying production zones and qualities make it difficult for a benchmark – and thus paper markets – to thrive, and therefore it makes sense to see physical develop faster than paper...

  11. Data not judgement required for Nordic banks' Basel approach

    We’ve used it as a benchmark, which gives us confidence we are getting the right numbers out,” says Roar Hoff, head of group risk analysis at DnB Nor in Oslo. As things stand, DnB Nor currently uses the least sophisticated of Basel II’s three...

  12. Sheen: The FSA's go-to guy for op risk

    Firms tend to use TSA calculations as a benchmark. Of course it depends a lot upon the firm, but if you are on BIA and you are doing a lot of corporate finance, moving to TSA will incur an 18% weighting, so often there is no capital incentive to move.

  13. Dealing with funding on uncollateralised swaps

    A bank’s internal cost of funds would have various inputs: where it can borrow benchmark size liquidity (three, five and 10 years) and short-term borrowings (three, six and nine months). That spread is a risk and therefore you should think about...

  14. US wrap: Return to the benchmark index

    The latest issuance hails the return of the benchmark index and not a reverse convertible in sight. Principal is not protected below the 80% barrier and if it is breached then capital will be lost at a rate of 1:1.25.