Saturday 31st January 2015
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While we value Mr Ito’s long experience, we are mindful that he may need some further time to establish effective working relationships with the large team of analysts and develop a suitable way of utilising this valuable resource,” says the Morningstar release - The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today released a list of orders of administrative enforcement actions taken against banks and individuals in December. No administrative hearings are scheduled for February 2015. The FDIC issued a total of 53 orders and one notice. The orders included: five consent orders; 13 removal and prohibition orders; 11 section 19 orders; 15 civil money penalty; nine orders terminating consent orders and cease and desist orders; and one notice. More details are available on its website - Moody's Investors Service has completed a performance review of the UK non-conforming Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) portfolio. The review shows that the performance of the portfolio has improved as a result of domestic recovery, increasing house prices and continued low interest-rates. Post-2009, the low interest rate environment has benefitted non-conforming borrowers, a market segment resilient to the moderate interest rate rise. Moody's also notes that UK non-conforming RMBS exposure to interest-only (IO) loans has recently diminished as the majority of such loans repaid or refinanced ahead of their maturity date - The London office of Deutsche Bank is being investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), according to The Times newspaper. Allegedly, the bank has been placed under ‘enhanced supervision’ by the FCA amid concerns about governance and regulatory controls at the bank. 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Assets under management were $709.1bn as the end of December, up 4% from $679.5bn as of December 31, 2013. The Legg Mason board of directors says it has approved a new share repurchase authorisation for up to $1bn of common stock and declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock in the amount of $0.16 per share. - The EUR faces a couple of major releases today, says Clear Treasury LLP, and while the single currency has traded higher through the week, the prospect of €60bn per month in QE will likely keep the euro at a low ebb. The bigger picture hasn’t changed, yesterday’s run of German data was worse than expected with year on year inflation declining to -.5% (EU harmonised level). Despite the weak reading the EUR was unperturbed - The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is providing more information to companies and investors in a new comprehensive disclosure guide. Companies wanting clarity on specific principles and guidelines on corporate governance can look to the guide, which has been laid out in a question-and-answer format. SGX said listed companies are encouraged to include the new disclosure guide in their annual reports and comply with the 2012 Code of Corporate Governance, and will have to explain any deviations in their reporting collateral. - Cordea Savills on behalf of its European Commercial Fund has sold Camomile Court, 23 Camomile Street, London for £47.97mto a French pension fund, which has entrusted a real estate mandate to AXA Real Estate. The European Commercial Fund completed its initial investment phase in 2014 at total investment volume of more than €750m invested in 20 properties. Active Asset Management in order to secure a stable distribution of circa 5% a year. which has been achieved since inception of the fund is the main focus of the Fund Management now. Gerhard Lehner, head of portfolio management, Germany, at Cordea Savills says “With the sale of this property the fund is realising a value gain of more than 40%. This is the fruit of active Asset Management but does also anticipate future rental growth perspectives. For the reinvestment of the returned equity we have already identified suitable core office properties.” Meantime, Kiran Patel, chief investment officer at Cordea Savills adds: “The sale of Camomile Court adds to the £370m portfolio disposal early in the year. Together with a number of other asset sales, our total UK transaction activity since January stands at £450m. At this stage of the cycle, we believe there is merit in banking performance and taking advantage of some of the strong demand for assets in the market.” - US bourses closed higher last night thanks to much stronger Jobless Claims data (14yr low) which outweighed mixed earnings results. Overnight, Asian bourses taken positive lead from US, even as Bank of Japan data shows that inflation is still falling, consumption in shrinking and manufacturing output is just under expectations. According to Michael van Dulken at Accendo Markets, “Japan’s Nikkei [has been] helped by existing stimulus and weaker JPY. In Australia, the ASX higher as the AUD weakened following producer price inflation adding to expectations of an interest rate cut by the RBA, following other central banks recently reacting to low inflation. Chinese shares down again ahead of a manufacturing report.” - Natixis has just announced the closing of the debt financing for Seabras-1, a new subsea fiber optic cable system between the commercial and financial centers of Brazil and the United States. The global amount of debt at approximately $270m was provided on a fully-underwritten basis by Natixis -

L&G Investment Management and Source offer a new index for commodity investment

Monday, 09 January 2012
L&G Investment Management and Source offer a new index for commodity investment Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and Source have launched the LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF. The fund, which tracks the LGIM Commodity Composite Index, is designed to offer diversified exposure to commodities in a UCITS-compliant exchange traded fund (ETF).  http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) and Source have launched the LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF. The fund, which tracks the LGIM Commodity Composite Index, is designed to offer diversified exposure to commodities in a UCITS-compliant exchange traded fund (ETF). 

The LGIM Commodity Composite Index aims to be a new kind of benchmark for broad-based commodity exposure, says L&G. Using LGIM’s experience as an index manager (LGIM manages £347bn in assets) and both a quantitative and qualitative screening process, it offers exposure to a selection of what it terms ‘best of breed’ commodity indices. Graeme Dewar, head of strategy implementation at LGIM, explains that the firm is “seeing increasing demand from pension clients looking for access to this asset class.  Their primary requirements are for an efficient, dynamic product with diversification of counterparty risk.  Our solution has been to develop an innovative type of benchmark index that includes a minimum of three constituent sub-indices.  These sub-indices are selected using LGIM’s experience and core skill set to deliver a high quality, dynamic commodity composite index.”

The index at launch comprises four sub-indices and will be reviewed at least annually to ensure that it captures developments in commodity indexation.



Investors wishing to gain exposure to the LGIM Commodity Composite Index can do so via the LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF. Source’s ETF structure combines physical investment in US Treasury bills with a swap overlay to provide more consistent index tracking. To diversify both counterparty risk and the composition of the index, the index references a number sub-indices and the fund will use multiple swap counterparties.  Source says it has mandated four swap counterparties for this product: Barclays Capital, Citigroup, JP Morgan, and UBS.

The LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF will complement Source’s existing range of exchange traded commodities. Source chief executive Ted Hood explains: “Single-commodity ETCs are useful for investors who want to build a tailored portfolio. But, like LGIM, we see the need for a well-constructed commodity index, providing diversified exposure, at a reasonable cost and in a UCITS-compliant fund.  We are delighted to be partnering with LGIM, one of the world’s leading index managers, to create an ETF that tracks this groundbreaking index”.

The LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF is listed on the London Stock Exchange and trades in GBP and USD. It is registered for sale in the UK and Ireland and is in the process of being passported to Austria, France, Germany, Finland, Italy (for institutional investors only), Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

INDEX COMPOSITION

The indices included in the initial composition of the LGIM Commodity Composite Index are as follows:

 

Index name

Bloomberg Code

Barclays Capital Commodity Index Pure Beta TR

BCC1C1PT Index

Citi CUBES Index Total Return

CCUBDJTR Index

JPMCCI Ex-Front Month Energy Light Index (Total Return)

JMCXXELT Index

UBS Bloomberg Constant Maturity Commodity Index

CMCITR Index

PRODUCT SUMMARY

Product Name

LGIM Commodity Composite Source ETF

ISIN

 IE00B4TXPP71

Base currency

USD

Trading currency

GBP / USD

Management Fee

0.40% per annum

Average Swap Fee

0.45% per annum

Listing

London Stock Exchange

Benchmark

LGIM Commodity Composite Index

Benchmark Bloomberg Ticker

TGPLGCC <Index>

UCITS eligible

Yes

Domicile

Ireland

 

 

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