Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking unit prides itself on thought leadership – on its intellectual commitment to the sector as much as its strong products and services. Consequently – and with Moorgate’s help – the bank has been developing a series of white papers looking at trends and needs in this growing area of banking. The lastest offering – on supply chain solutions – is available to read here.
What still seems a novel idea, bringing risk advisory services to the forefront of asset managers’ investment decision making and asset allocation processes has long been expounded by S&P Capital IQ. Leveraging unique data-sets, research and analytics that it develops in-house, S&P Capital IQ recently launched the Global Markets Intelligence (GMI) group to work in partnership with managers, as non-discretionary advisors, to achieve exactly that.
Following the launch, our outreach resulted in coverage in Financial Times’ fund management supplement, on FT.com and in Financial News, with FTfm succinctly describing GMI as a new advisory business set up to provide “risk-based equity and fixed income portfolio strategies”.
This week, we followed up the launch announcement with news of a partnership with leading French asset manager, La Francaise Asset Management (LFAM). GMI will provide LFAM with risk advisory services for a new fund – based upon S&P Capital IQ’s “Risk-to-Price” scoring system for corporate bonds, which evaluates how well an individual security compensates its owner, through yield, for its embedded market and credit risks.
With the costs of providing a defined benefit pension scheme spiralling, managing pension risk has fast risen to the top of finance directors’ agendas. While innovative solutions provided by one of our clients, Long Acre Life, has finally made a pension buyout economically attractive for finance directors, many remain reticent about “locking-in” to a transaction when market conditions are unfavourable. In response to this, David Norgrove, former Chairman of The Pensions Regulator and current Chairman of Long Acre Life, writes in Financial Director magazine about why proactivity is essential if finance directors are to seize opportunities to de-risk when economic conditions take a turn for the better.
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