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  1. Smart beta indexes gain currency with Asian investors

    The reality can be rather different, as investors discovered in 2011 with Citi's Cubes Diversified commodities fund, which aimed to generate capital appreciation in rising commodities markets. The rules-based fund tracked 19 commodities yet it...

  2. JPX has 'no plans' to list Nikkei 400 futures overseas

    Some fund managers have to benchmark against Topix but JPX Nikkei 400 could be like a smart beta type index – after just 10 months its performance is better than Topix," he says. It also has the backing of Japan's state pension fund, GPIF, which is...

  3. UBS offers bankruptcy remoteness and white-labelling twist

    Using risk parity, the fund invests in equities, rates and commodities using a drawdown control overlaid with a volatility target," says Grob. In all other jurisdictions, you would need to create a fund to do this," says Grob.

  4. Green credentials and RBS deal work in BNPP's favour

    We are also launching a fund that will host a multi-risk premia strategy," says Jean-Eric Pacini, head of structured products sales, equities and derivatives at BNPP in London. These continue to form part of the Theam fund range, of which the Guru...

  5. UBS stays firm despite commodities downturn

    UBS has also been proactive in helping commodity fund managers with new rules coming in around Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (Ucits). New guidelines from the European Securities and Markets Authority that came...

  6. Ossiam rewarded for innovation in strategies

    The fund tracks the Risk-Weighted Enhanced Commodity Ex-Grains Index TR, which is calculated and published intraday by Standard & Poor's. In April, the company demonstrated its global ambitions by linking with Shanghai-based China Securities Index...

  7. KBC Asset Management offers step-up payout and Smart Start

    KBC offers structured funds with a variety of equity and fund underlyings. It noted that traditional lookback features at the beginning of the life of a fund have been very popular with clients, but have become relatively expensive - especially in...

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

    Later that month, it closed another deal with a European pension fund worth €10 million. Investors in the EEE index buy exposure to companies that meet certain corporate social responsibility criteria and whose shares pay high dividends and show...

  9. BBVA leads inflation and interest rate trades in Spain

    BBVA structured one of its most cutting-edge trades this year for the pension fund of an insurance company. BBVA took a portfolio of inflation-linked Italian bonds, swapped the bond coupons for a one-time payment at maturity, and added...

  10. UBS dominates listed products in Switzerland

    They would then mirror the performance of that index in the fund via a swap, explains Patrick Grob, head of equity derivatives sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at UBS in London. The value of the ETC swap is reflected in the net asset...

  11. New social media index includes fast-entry IPO rule

    There is also an exchange-traded fund based on the Solactive Social Media Total Return Index that is licensed to Global X Funds and has $140 million in assets under management. Solactive Titans index offers exposure to high-cap social media stocks

  12. Pricing and liquidity see Deutsche AWM retain ETF award

    The German firm still retains synthetic ETFs in those areas where replication in the physical world is challenging – most notably in frontier markets in which the tracking error for physical ETFs might be too high, or where the underlying asset is...

  13. Hedge funds forced to innovate against ETF invasion

    Many hedge fund managers are competing against these replicators for assets and are being forced to look at launching their own ETFs or index products to compete. Hedge fund beta provides a particular challenge for FoHFs, as the average FoHF...

  14. Energy strategy remains promising for hedge funds despite its volatility

    Fund managers see value in energy strategy Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s survey of fund managers in June 2010 revealed that global investors had slashed energy weightings to just 7% overweight from 37% in May.