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The Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP) released a 49% drop in net earnings in the first half of 2014, as it came in to just PHP3.2bn, almost half of its net earnings in the same period last year. In the April to June period alone, net income fell 36% from PHP2.18bn in the second quarter of 2013 to PHP1.6bn in the second quarter of 2014. However, it is important to note that net interest income grew by 29% year-on-year, as it came in at PHP5.2bn in the half of 2014 – Rangold chief executive Mark Bristow will present the firm’s Q2 results at noon on Thursday this week at The Forum, London Stock Exchange Around 10.00 am today some traders on Moscow Exchange’s Derivatives Market reportedly experienced difficulties entering orders via the FIX protocol, with some valid messages rejected with an error code. The FIX protocol has been functioning as usual since 11:37 am says the exchange. Moreover, the exchange stresses other protocols to access the Derivatives Market’s trading system have been functioning as usual - Société Générale Securities Services in Luxembourg has been mandated by wealth manager Bedrock, with $6bn in assets under management, to provide custody, fund administration and registrar services for its range of UCITS funds - Moody's Investors Service has assigned a first-time provisional (P)B3 corporate family rating (CFR) to Empik Media & Fashion SA Group. At the same time, Moody's has assigned a provisional (P)B2 rating to the firm’s proposed senior secured notes due 2019 to be issued at EM&F Financing AB, a wholly owned and guaranteed subsidiary of EMF, reflecting its overall ranking within the debt capital structure. The outlook on the ratings is stable. This is the first time Moody's has assigned ratings to EMF - Lithuania will adopt the euro on January 1st next year. Lithuania will become the 19th member state to adopt the euro. "Lithuania's consistent efforts have paid off: today the eurozone has opened the door for us," said Algirdas Butkevičius, prime minister of Lithuania, on the announcement. The entry of Lithuania into the euro family is of great importance for the whole euro area. "It's a demonstration of the continuing attractiveness of the single currency project and its relevance for the future of our community," added Sandro Gozi, State Secretary for European Affairs of Italy and President of the Council of the EU. The conversion rate has been set at 3.45280 Lithuanian litas to the euro – Global macro hedge fund manager Atreaus Capital is now live with SunGard’s Hedge360 Risk Reporting Service. Delivered as a managed service, the Hedge360 Risk Reporting Service provides highly customized daily risk reports, offering transparency to investors and integrated internal risk management to hedge funds. Trading a broad range of products with an emphasis on FX and commodities, in the form of both OTC derivatives and futures - AnaCap Financial Partners LLP, the specialist European financial services private equity firm, together with HIG and Deutsche Bank, have completed the acquisition of a €495m portfolio of non-performing and sub-performing loans from Volksbank Romania. Under terms of the agreement, funds advised by AnaCap will jointly acquire the entire portfolio with HIG and Deutsche Bank. The portfolio of 3,566 loans in total is backed by a mix of primarily residential, commercial real estate and development land. APS Romania will be appointed as Master Servicer. The transaction is the largest of its kind in Romania to date, and came about as a result of the ongoing pressure on financial institutions across Europe to restructure and divest assets in order to clean up balance sheets and comply with new capital requirements. After a prolonged correction following the financial crisis, the property market in Romania is now showing strong signs of improvement. GDP and unemployment have recovered on the back of labour market reforms in 2011 and an IMF financing package. House prices, which declined 38% since their peak in mid-2008, are now on the rise, with the areas surrounding central Bucharest and other main cities increasing 4% for 2013.

Transition Management 2012

Transition Management 2012 11 October 2012Gibson Hall 13 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 3BA   http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/media/k2/items/cache/18d2fa990243b5f4ec94abbc01e25243_XL.jpg

Transition managers, pension funds, consultants, fund of funds, managed funds, platform providers and the insurance sector examined the key issues driving change and the transition solutions available to the pensions and investment industry at FTSE Global Markets' Transition Management Seminar.

As a facilitator of change it is perhaps not surprising that Transition Managers find themselves at the fulcrum of the evolution taking place in the investment industry. Change is occurring both in terms of where demand for transition managers is originating and also in the types of transitions that are taking place. Whilst the transition business in Europe from pension funds is now relatively consistent, and for the biggest users dominated by panels, most managers are seeing current growth from managed funds, fund of funds and the insurance sector. In the medium to long term the future of the transition management sector lies with the defined contribution sector. Fund managers across Europe are having to employ a multi-asset approach that allow the asset allocation to change as members near retirement. With the first DC pensioners coming online in Europe and retirement patterns changing, fund managers are developing new solutions for the pay-out phase, such as through retirement funds. Insurance companies currently dominate business in the pay-out phase, but changing regulations should allow fund managers to capture a greater share of business. Increasingly the larger providers will also create platforms which allow access for smaller distributors and third parties that do not have the power or resources to develop their own pension solutions nor the ability to attract sufficient assets through wrapped products of their own. The switch from defined benefit to defined contribution will present Europe's transition managers with a large number of new challenges but also the opportunity to be at the centre of one of the largest changes ever to take place in the pensions and investment sector.

The seminar brought together transition managers, pension funds, consultants, fund of funds, managed funds, platform providers and the insurance sector in order to examine the key issues driving change and the transition solutions available to the pensions and investment industry.  Presentations from Key speakers can now be found by clicking here.

Transition management in an era of change

The transition management service set is broader these days. Market challenges abound. Transparency is vital in volatile markets and when extreme changes in asset allocation often call for innovative approaches to portfolio transitions. A strong platform also helps. Michael S Gardner, managing director, global head, J.P.Morgan Transition Management, looks at the problems and prospects for the service set in an era of change.

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