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Changing Paradigms in Commodity Markets: PRAs

London, March 2015

What are price reporting agencies doing to remain on top of their game? In this article, Leor Jivotovsky and Jeffrey Wang of Sapient Global Markets discuss how new paradigms are affecting the Price Reporting Agencies (PRAs) and how they are adapting their product and service offerings in the face of these new realities.


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Proposed Assessment Methodologies for Identifying Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions

London, 4 March 2015

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) are publishing today for second public consultation Assessment Methodologies for Identifying Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (NBNI G-SIFIs). The proposed methodologies for identifying NBNI G-SIFIs complement the methodologies for identifying G-SIFIs that currently cover banks and insurers, and take into account responses received on the first consultative document issued on 8 January 2014.

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Commodity flows boosted by price falls

London, March 2015

Early 2015 has brought a marked pickup in investor interest in commodities, boosting inflows to almost $5bn, their highest in more than two years, and sharply reversing a period of consistent monthly outflows from commodity investments dating back to September 2014, according to Barclays Research.

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Is the Price Right? A survey on commodity benchmark pricing

London, February 2015

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, it was inevitable that regulators would turn their attention to benchmarks given their importance to the proper functioning of markets and the systemic risk that price manipulation poses for the global economy.

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Rise Of The Vulture Investing Class

London, 5 February 2015

The oil markets are showing some life, having rallied 11 percent over a two-day period. But if a bigger rebound is not around the corner, it won’t just be oil companies that will be feeling the pain: their lenders will also face some steep losses if drillers can’t come up with the cash to cover debt payments. 

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At a time of uncertainty, frontier markets still set to reward investors

London, 27 January 2015

Geopolitical events have weighed heavily on equity markets in recent months. From sanctions against Russia and the potential for Greece to leave the Eurozone, to speculation about the end of quantitative easing in the US and when that might commence in the Eurozone, there is no shortage of events to raise investor concern.

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Commodity ETP Trends Q4 and full year 2014

London, 8 January 2015

Commodity performance continued to deteriorate in Q4 2014, marking the worst year for the asset class since the global financial crisis. A perfect storm of factors – the combination of strong supply across most commodity sectors, concerns about demand from China and a strengthening US Dollar – depressed prices and saw global AUM drop US$9.2bn in Q4 to US$101.5bn from Q3 2014. Net flows into commodity ETPs were neutral and the AUM decline was entirely driven by price movements. Investors now appear to be looking at the current environment as an opportunity to increase cyclical commodity exposures, rotating away from more defensive exposures like gold.

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Investment Themes in Resources for 2015

London, 25 December 2014

Despite significant headwinds for commodities in the form of US$ strength and slowing China growth, New City Investment Managers believe that 2015 offers strong opportunities for resource investors.

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Bull Market Slows to a Jog in 2015

New York, December 2015

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research today released its outlook for the markets in 2015, forecasting that the bull market in global equities will continue next year but returns will slow to single-digit rates. Strong fundamentals and healthy growth in the U.S. economy support a case for investor optimism and opportunism; however, in the lower-return, higher-volatility environment projected ahead, selective allocation and defensive portfolio moves will be crucial for performance.

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The Enterprise at Risk: Is Trust the New Alpha?

London, November 2014

Historically, returns were paramount in the capital markets, while risk and regulatory concerns were hurdles to clear. Today, risk and compliance have become a significant consideration in business strategy.

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