Saturday 23rd May 2015
NEWS TICKER: FRIDAY, MAY 22ND: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has named Beliz Chappuie as CalPERS' Chief Auditor, effective July 31, 2015 - Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports. "In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don't know when, in 2040, 2050... we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy," Ali Al-Naimi told a business and climate conference in Paris, the news service reports. "Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts, electric ones. Does that sound good?" The minster is also reported to say he still expects the world's energy mix to be dominated by fossil fuels in the near future - Barclays has appointed Steve Rickards as head of offshore funds. He will lead the creation and implementation of the bank’s offshore funds strategy and report directly to Paul Savery, managing director of personal and corporate banking in the Channel Islands. For the last four years Mr Rickards has been heading up the Guernsey Funds team providing debt solutions for private equity and working with locally based fund administrators. Savery says: “Barclays’ funds segment has seen some terrific cross functional success over the past year or so. Specifically, the offshore business has worked hand in hand with the funds team in London to bring the very best of Barclays to our clients, and Steve has been a real catalyst to driving this relationship from a Guernsey perspective.” - Moody's has downgraded Uzbekistan based Qishloq Qurilish Bank's (QQB’s) local-currency deposit rating to B2, and downgraded BCA to b3 and assigned a Counterparty Risk Assessment of B1(cr)/Not prime(cr) to the bank. The agency says the impact on QQB of the publication of Moody's revised bank methodology and QQB's weak asset quality and moderate loss-absorption capacity are the reasons for the downgrades. Concurrently, Moody's has confirmed QQB's long-term B2 foreign-currency deposit rating and assigned stable outlooks to all of the affected long-term ratings. The short-term deposit ratings of Not-prime were unaffected - Delinquencies of the Dutch residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market fell during the three-month period ended March 2015, according to Moody's. The 60+ day delinquencies of Dutch RMBS, including Dutch mortgage loans benefitting from a Nationale Hypotheek Garantie, decreased to 0.85% in March 2015 from 0.92% in December 2014. The 90+ day delinquencies also decreased to 0.66% in March 2015 from 0.71% in December 2014.Nevertheless, cumulative defaults increased to 0.65% of the original balance, plus additions (in the case of master issuers) and replenishments, in March 2015 from 0.56% in December 2014. Cumulative losses increased slightly to 0.13% in March 2015 from 0.11% in December 2014 – Asset manager Jupiter has recruited fund manager Jason Pidcock to build Asian Income strategy at the firm. Pidcock J has built a strong reputation at Newton Investment Management for the management of income-orientated assets in Asian markets and, in particular the £4.4bn Newton Asian Income Fund, which he has managed since its launch in 2005. The fund has delivered a return of 64.0% over the past five years compared with 35.9% for the IA Asia Pacific Ex Japan sector average, placing it 4th in the sector. Since launch it has returned 191.4 against 154.1% for the sector average. Before joining Newton in 2004, Jason was responsible for stock selection and asset allocation in the Asia ex-Japan region for the BP Pension Fund.

eSecLending auctions $43bn for CalPERS

Thursday, 31 May 2012
eSecLending auctions $43bn for CalPERS eSecLending, the global securities lending agent, says it has conducted a securities lending auction of $43bn in US equities for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). CalPERS awarded Citi exclusive borrowing access to $28bn of the assets through a bidding process in May 2012. The remaining assets were awarded to other participating bidders and to eSecLending’s discretionary lending program. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

eSecLending, the global securities lending agent, says it has conducted a securities lending auction of $43bn in US equities for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). CalPERS awarded Citi exclusive borrowing access to $28bn of the assets through a bidding process in May 2012. The remaining assets were awarded to other participating bidders and to eSecLending’s discretionary lending program.

“We are very excited about the results of the recent US equity auction,” says Dan Kiefer, Opportunistic Portfolio Manager for CalPERS. "eSecLending’s auction process once again optimized our assets in a transparent and disciplined manner. We look forward to working with Citi in the coming term.”

“We are thrilled to have won these assets and deepen our relationship with CalPERS”, said Alan Pace, head of prime finance in the Americas at Citi. “This win is a testament to the growth we have experienced in our Prime Finance franchise as well as our continued commitment to provide our clients with access to the highest quality borrow.”



Securities lending plays a significant role in today’s global capital markets. The practice improves overall market efficiency and liquidity, provides a critical element for hedging, acts as a useful tool for risk management in trading and investment strategies and helps to facilitate timely settlement of securities. With the balance of securities on loan at the end of April 2012 exceeding $1.9trn globally, securities lending has evolved from a back office operational function to an investment management and trading discipline.

eSecLending is an independent global securities lending agent providing customized securities lending solutions for institutional investors worldwide. The company’s innovative approach has introduced investment management practices to the securities lending industry, offering beneficial owners a compelling alternative to traditional pooled lending programs. Their differentiated process facilitates best execution by utilizing a transparent, disciplined and repeatable auction process to determine their clients’ optimal securities lending strategy. In addition to outperformance, their approach provides clients with greater transparency and control, allowing them to more effectively monitor and mitigate risks.

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