• The US finished second in the study with average gains of 8.2 per cent trailing the UK with an average performance of over 13.5 per cent.

UK tops investment portfolio returns in 2016, says Natixis survey

US investment portfolios performed better than most international peers in 2016 but came in second next to the UK in the top slot, according to a survey by Natixis Global Asset Management.
  • The positive performance was broad based across almost every strategy tracked by the Greenwich indices.

Hedge fund performance improves in 2016, led by distressed strategies

Hedge fund performance ended 2016 up 4.61 per cent, according to data from Greenwich Alternative Investments.
  • The Ucits fund invests in North American pipeline companies, including master limited partnership-related securities.

Tortoise Capital Advisors launches Ucits infrastructure fund as credit side offers 40 Act

Tortoise Capital Advisors, an investment manager specialising in listed energy investing, has the launched Tortoise North American Energy Infrastructure Fund.
  • The prospect of tax cuts, regulatory reform and fiscal stimulus by the incoming administration and Congress could make US equities and high yield bonds more attractive than other global risk assets over the next 12 months.

US policy changes could boost economic growth in 2017

Policy changes as a result of US elections could push economy into a higher growth in 2017, according to Northern Trust’s 2017 investment outlook.
  • The November monthly advance reverses the decline from the prior month, represents the eighth monthly gain in the past nine months  and brings year to date performance to healthy 4.6 per cent.

Hedge fund performance hits highs in November as most strategies look to end year in positive territory

Hedge fund performance improved in November, as the election victory of Donald Trump drove expectations for renewed growth, infrastructure spending and reduced regulation.
  • Cautious optimism for accelerating US and global economic growth, improving corporate fundamentals, modest stock gains and higher yields on expectations of fiscal stimulus and regulatory policy easing.

Optimism wins out over concerns on Trump presidency impact on global markets in 2017

Over the short term Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) global research is bullish on the eurozone, the UK, Japanese and Pacific Rim stocks, energy, precious metals and the US dollar.
  • Historically sovereigns have invested in high quality liquid assets (HQLA) such as government bonds and main index equities as core holdings.

Sovereign institutional investors keen to increase securities lending

Sovereign institutions are considering expanding their commitment to securities lending to increase returns and help alleviate what they perceive as a threat to liquidity in the financial markets.
  • The sukuk market is still a niche one, with huge potential for growth.

International sukuk market expected to grow by around 9 per cent a year until 2020

The global sukuk market is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 9 per cent over 2016-2020, according to a report by analysts Technavio.