Friday 6th March 2015
NEWS TICKER – THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH 2015: Following a recent Morningstar Analyst Ratings meeting, Morningstar has moved the Henderson Horizon Japanese Equity fund and the Henderson Japan Capital Growth fund to a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Neutral. Both funds were previously Under Review due to a change in the lead portfolio manager. Prior to being placed Under Review, both funds were rated Bronze. The funds were solely managed by Michael Wood-Martin, who took over in 2005. However, in October 2014 Henderson decided to adopt a team-based approach. They are now run by the Japanese Equities team consisting of four investment professionals, including William Garnett, Michael Wood-Martin, Jeremy Hall, and Yun-Young Lee. Given this change to the investment process, Morningstar says it has less clarity around the likely shape of the portfolios and little evidence that the strategy can be implemented effectively. Morningstar believes a Neutral rating is appropriate at the current time —Moody's Investors Service has today republished a number of asset-backed securities (ABS) and residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) rating methodology reports. The updated ABS and RMBS methodology reports consolidate the secondary rating methodology "Revising default/loss assumptions over the life of an EMEA ABS/RMBS transaction" and which the agency will now retire; for RMBS specifically sees updates to the surveillance section; and for Consumer Loan-Backed ABS specifically a new appendix describing how Moody's will tailor its approach to rating consumer loans for marketplace lending loans. The republications do not represent a change in methodology and will not result in any rating changes —BATS Chi-X Europe reports a 23.7% market share, with average notional value traded at €12.3bn up substantially from €8.9bn in February 2014. Market share rose in 14 of the 15 markets the firm covers. Its trade reporting facility, BXTR, had its second-most successful month ever with more than €369.3bn reported in total during the month; an average of €18.5bn each trading day. In total, BATS Chi-X systems touched €616.1bn of trades in February—The Straits Times Index (STI) ended -20.26 points lower or -0.59% to 3395.27, taking the year-to-date performance to +0.90%. The FTSE ST Mid Cap Index declined -0.18% while the FTSE ST Small Cap Index declined -0.17%. The top active stocks were SingTel (-1.20%), DBS (+0.05%), Keppel Land (-0.44%), OCBC Bank (-0.48%) and Global Logistic (unchanged). The outperforming sectors today were represented by the FTSE ST Utilities Index (+1.66%). The two biggest stocks of the FTSE ST Utilities Index are United Envirotech (unchanged) and Hyflux (+0.58%). The underperforming sector was the FTSE ST Consumer Goods Index, which declined -1.31% with Wilmar International’s share price declining -0.61% and Thai Beverage’s share price declining -2.06%.The three most active Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) by value today were the IS MSCI India (-1.22%), SPDR Gold Shares (-0.31%), DBXT MSCI Thailand TRN ETF (-0.38%). The three most active Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) by value were CapitaMall Trust (+0.94%), Ascendas REIT (+2.02%), CapitaCom Trust (+0.28%).The most active index warrants by value today were HSI25000MBeCW150429 (-14.16%), HSI24200MBePW150429 (+10.53%), HSI23800MBePW150330 (+16.92%)—Commerz Real and RFR Holding have signed an agreement to purchase the real estate Atlas Plaza in Miami/Florida for its open-ended real estate fund hausInvest. The retail trade complex, located in the burgeoning Design District and in part on two storeys, comprises two existing buildings and a new construction, scheduled to be completed by May 2015. Upon the completion of the building work the leasable area will total approximately 1,600 square metres. The total investment volume for the acquisition and extension of “Atlas Plaza” amounts to around 68 million US dollars (approximately €60m)—Malaysia’s corporate sukuk sales will rebound from the worst start to a year since 2010 as a recovery in oil prices spurs issuance before the US raises interest rates, according to investment bank CIMB. Islamic bond offerings to date are down MYR9.7bn on a year on year basis. Kuala Lumpur-based AmInvestment Bank Bhd predicts sales could surpass last year’s MYR62bn as more projects come on stream under the government’s 10-year development programme. A 34% rally in Brent crude from January’s six-year low will shore up the country’s finances after Fitch Ratings warned the loss of revenue for oil-exporting Malaysia puts its credit ranking at risk. The average yield on AAA rated Malaysian corporate securities has dropped to a three-month low, cutting costs for issuers involved in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s $444bn spending drive and those seeking to refinance debt—Bahrain’s BIBF has announced the launch of the region’s first Islamic Finance and Muslim Lifestyle Convergence Training programme, developed as part of the Waqf Fund’s initiatives to enhance Islamic Finance training in the region, in partnership with New York-based DinarStandard, at a press conference yesterday. The burgeoning Halal food and Muslim Lifestyle sectors is estimated to be worth $2trn in 2013, and is expected to reach $2.47trn by 2018, based on the State of the Global Islamic Economy 2014 report, produced by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with DinarStandard. This represents a huge opportunity for Islamic Finance, which has been for the most part, untapped—Kames Capital is to lower the annual management charge on the Kames Investment Grade Global Bond Fund following a review of the fund’s positioning in the European markets. The move will see the AMC on the Kames Investment Grade Global Bond Fund B share class fall to 0.65% from its current rate of 0.80%, while for the A share class the charge will drop to 1.15% from 1.30%. The changes will take effect from the 1st April 2015. As part of the review, Kames will also be changing the benchmark of the fund to the Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate Index from the Lipper Global Bond Global Corporate Median. The changes are intended to bring the fund into line with its peer group particularly in Continental Europe. Whilet there will be no change to the investment process of the fund, there will be a slight change to the fund’s duration. In order to maintain its index-neutral duration, the Fund will now be aligned to the Barclays Global Aggregate Corporate Index which has a duration of around 6.4 years. This compares to the existing Lipper peer group which has an estimated duration of 5 years.

SSgA expands LDI range of funds

Tuesday, 24 April 2012
SSgA expands LDI range of funds State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), has enhanced its liability driven investing (LDI) strategies with the launch of 10 leveraged gilt funds. The new derivative-based range includes Fixed Gilt Funds with set maturity dates of 2020, 2030, 2040, 2049 and 2060, and Index Linked Gilt Funds set to mature in 2022, 2032, 2042, 2055 and 2062. SSgA also offers physical-based Single Stock Gilt Funds in its LDI range. These include Fixed Gilt Funds with maturity dates of December 2049, December 2055 and January 2060; and Index Linked Gilt Funds with maturity dates of November in the years 2027, 2032, 2037, 2042, 2047, 2050, 2055 and 2062. http://www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/

State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT), has enhanced its liability driven investing (LDI) strategies with the launch of 10 leveraged gilt funds. The new derivative-based range includes Fixed Gilt Funds with set maturity dates of 2020, 2030, 2040, 2049 and 2060, and Index Linked Gilt Funds set to mature in 2022, 2032, 2042, 2055 and 2062. SSgA also offers physical-based Single Stock Gilt Funds in its LDI range. These include Fixed Gilt Funds with maturity dates of December 2049, December 2055 and January 2060; and Index Linked Gilt Funds with maturity dates of November in the years 2027, 2032, 2037, 2042, 2047, 2050, 2055 and 2062.

The new funds funds are aimed at offering pension schemes and institutional investors a way to extend inflation- and interest-rate protection in their liability-matching portfolios. The leveraged nature of these funds help provide further flexibility for schemes by allowing a smaller initial investment, thereby freeing capital to allocate according to a portfolio’s growth objectives.“These new funds are part of a broader product build-out of our LDI offering. Combined with the existing set of physical bond strategies, including single stock bond funds, SSgA now offers pensions schemes and institutional investors exceptional breadth for extending inflation- and interest-rate protection on their liability-matching portfolios. The leveraged funds provide extra flexibility for schemes to focus on building asset growth in line with their overall investment objectives,” says Susan Raynes, head of the UK, Middle East and Africa at SSgA.

The Single Stock and Leveraged Gilt funds can be used in tailored combinations to suit the objectives and risk tolerances of a scheme. They complement SSgA’s conventional bond index funds, enabling investors to structure stable and cost-effective hedging portfolios.



 

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