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FRIDAY ANALYSTS TICKER: July 25th 2014 - 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.

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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