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According to Adam Cordery, global head of European fixed income, Santander Asset Management, and fund manager for the Santander Euro Corporate Short Term and Euro Corporate bond funds, “Pricing of risk assets doesn’t offer much of a margin for error at the moment. And now Europe is starting to go on holiday, market liquidity may get poorer than normal, and any buys today may well have to be holds until September. It is always interesting to note what yields are required to attract clients to financial products. Twenty years ago, bond funds offering yields of 10%+ could generally attract lots of client interest very quickly. However as rates have come down over the years, so the yields clients demand have fallen. Now 4% seems to be the new 10%, he say. Cordery thinks that unfortunately, investors often want today the yield/risk mix that was available last year, so the products that get launched, sold and bought in size may be more risky than people think. “Products with 4% yield will sell well today, but to get to a 4% yield in Euro you need to invest in a portfolio with an average rating of single-B, and that is far from being risk-free. I get the impression the conventional wisdom today is to think that interest rates must surely go up soon and the main risk to bond portfolios is an increase in bund yields. Because of this many investors are buying short-duration products and floating rate notes, perhaps viewing them as a safe choice, almost like cash. It is possible however that these products may yet prove to have a considerable sensitivity to changes in credit market spreads and/or bond market liquidity, and may prove to be no protection at all.” - Commenting on the RBS share price jump, Dr Pete Hahn of Cass Business School, says “It's hard to tell whether the RBS share price jump today is more about relief or optimism. The former is about fewer fines, fewer losses on loans, and fewer costs in a shrinking business and possibly dividends for shareholders. And there's the rub, owning shares (as opposed to interest bearing debt) should be about optimism and long-term growth in dividends. But from a shrinking business? Few would argue that RBS' retail and corporate bank had efficiencies to be gained and cash flow that might be converted to dividends; yet like most banks, RBS' cost of equity remains stubbornly and appropriately above its ability to provide a return on that equity. For shareholders, current improvements should mean dividends in the medium term but a recognition that RBS may lack any merit for new investment and delivering any long-term dividend growth - not good. While many large retail banks are getting safer, in some aspects, and we often speak of them in terms of moving toward utility type models, banks take risks, are cyclical, face competition, have new business challengers, and are simply are not utilities. Investors shouldn't get ahead of themselves here.” - According to the monthly survey held by the central bank of Turkey, the country’s capacity utilization (CU) rate declined slightly to 74.9% in July from 75.3% in June. Meanwhile, seasonally adjusted (SA) CU also declined to 74.3% from 74.7% in June, writes Mehmet Besimoglu at Oyak Yatirim Research. As for manufacturing confidence, the index declined to 109 from 110.7 in May. On SA basis, the index also edged down slightly to 106.4 from 107.2. SA capacity utilisation was broadly stable in 1H14, averaging at 74.7%. This is the same level with the 2013 average. Despite the political turmoil and volatility in financial markets, activity has been relatively resilient. Export recovery & government spending supported production in 1H. Following the elections, public spending relatively decelerated. The turmoil in Iraq also decelerated export recovery from June. Nevertheless, we still expect 3.5% GDP growth in 2014, writes Besimoglu.

Is your compliance program adequate to the task?

Monday, 05 March 2012
Is your compliance program adequate to the task? In the face of a changing regulatory environment it is important for you to determine that your compliance program is adequate to protect you and your firm. The following questions are designed to identify factors that are important to an effective and robust compliance program. Honestly answering the following questions is the first step in making this assessment. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

In the face of a changing regulatory environment it is important for you to determine that your compliance program is adequate to protect you and your firm. The following questions are designed to identify factors that are important to an effective and robust compliance program. Honestly answering the following questions is the first step in making this assessment.

Culture of Compliance

Key questions:

1. Does the management team, as well as the investment personnel, believe that  governance processes are important and understand the legal and regulatory requirements  impacting their roles?
2. Does your chief compliance officer have respect and influence in your organisation?
3. Do risk and compliance personnel raise issues to you (or your senior management team) for consideration, even when the issues concern a major profit centre?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, you are at risk of not realising that something has gone awry until it is too late. You must manage regulatory and legal issues just as closely as you would manage financial challenges

Organisational Structure

Key questions:

1. Does your chief compliance officer have direct access to your governing board or executive committee?
2. Have you
  (i) identified the laws that apply to your company, your investment vehicles, and your investments, and
  (ii) have you incorporated these requirements into operational processes?
3. Is there a process for keeping the information gathered in #2 up-to-date reflecting both changes to laws, changes to the market place, and new activities?

If the answer is “No” to any of these questions, you need to build these processes now.

Compliance Manual

Key questions:

1. Is your compliance manual tailored to your business?
2. Is it meaningful to you and your staff so that you use it to obtain guidance in unusual or tricky situations?
3. Do the investment personnel appreciate the importance of the policies and procedures that apply to them?

If you answered “No” to more than one of these, you probably do not have satisfactory compliance manual in place.


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