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Asset managers eye trade finance opportunities

Demand for trade finance is growing among investors but the number of vehicles offering the asset class is limited, according to Cerulli Associates.

Esma values EU derivative market at €660tn

European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) has valued the EU’s derivatives markets at €660tn at the end of December 2017 in its first annual statistical report.

Mixed results for hedge funds with some strategies showing big gains in September

While most hedge funds experienced mixed performance in September, some strategies showed significant gains led by fixed income based relative value arbitrage.

Investors concerned with volatility, interest rate rises and goring geopolitical risks

February’s spike in volatility caused nearly half (42.1 per cent) of investors to adjust their equity market outlook, according to the results of a survey by BarclayHedge and Markov Processes International (MPI).

Hedge funds continue to outperform most indices over the first quarter of the year

Hedge fund performance, which began the year on a high, tailed off in March with the HFRI Fund Weighed Composite Index falling 0.25 per cent.

Institutional investors brace for global equity market correction

Seven out of 10 (71 per cent) institutional investors expect a global equity market correction of more than 10 per cent within 18 months, including nearly half (47 per cent) who expect it to happen within a year.

ESG factors need to be embraced by institutional investors in 2018 says research

The move from quantitative easing to quantitative tightening, preparing for late cycle dynamics, political fragmentation and stewardship in the 21st century are the investment themes institutional investors should be considering for 2018.