Saturday, February 23, 2019

Pension plans cite cautious investment strategies with retirement funds

Silver Thatch Pensions manages nearly half-a-billion dollars, and has, during its nearly 20-year lifetime, returned an average 4.43 percent to 4.57 percent – probably insufficient to underwrite a retirement of uninterrupted luxury, but nevertheless a solid foundation.

ETFs continue to disrupt asset management industry

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), that track indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, Nasdaq-100 Index etc., are nowadays very popular among investors – a trend that is reflected in the capital flows.

Emerging market debt benefits from the search for yield

The long-shunned emerging markets are back in favor among investors, as documented by record-high inflows into emerging market bonds. From an investor’s point of view, this raises the question of whether that is a new long-term trend or just a flash in the pan.

Investors: How followers can become millionaires

Pro-cyclical investment strategies, unlike advice often preached by supporters of anti-cyclical investment strategies, show that it can be financially rewarding to swim with the current. Here’s how this approach works, and which U.S. stocks allow it to put it into practice.

Investment: Making the most of a digitized world

Financial markets have historically been a dynamic platform for retail investors to acquire, grow and protect wealth. By investing in publicly traded securities, investors are given access to ownership in world-renowned companies. So how do you navigate the maze of data to find well-run, innovative companies that warrant your investment dollars and which have the potential to provide positive returns over the long term?

Free cash flow: Formula for investment success

Buying shares with the help of cash flow as a selection criterion has delivered convincing results in the past. This trend is likely to continue in an environment of low growth – and low interest-rates.

List reveals top value creators with persistently bright prospects

Investors who put money into stocks hope for the greatest capital gains and dividends possible.

From science fiction to reality

The world of driverless flying cars and automated gadgets, as featured in the classic animated cartoon “The Jetsons,” is closer than we think.

Endurance counts for dividend funds

According to Fidelity International estimates, companies in the U.S., Japan and Europe will pay US$1.24 trillion in dividends to their shareholders in 2016, a distribution policy that is very welcome in the current low or even negative interest environment.

CoCo bonds all the rage

The first six weeks of 2016 witnessed a wave of credit losses across fixed income markets. Most notable was the broad-based selloff in contingent convertible bonds commonly known as CoCos. The market’s shudder appeared to be driven partly by a European Banking Authority year-end report that sought to clarify potential triggers for restrictions on distributions.
Annual Contrarian Stock Perfomance

Investment: Contrarian investing – Bucking the trend does not always pay off

Acting counter-cyclically as an investor sounds like a plausible investment strategy, but successfully implementing such an approach has to be learned.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda sprung another surprise on investors by adopting a negative interest-rate strategy to spur banks to lend in the face of a weakening economy. – Photo: Bloomberg

The interest rate’s disappearing act

Who could have ever imagined a world where you lend money with the full acknowledgement that you will be repaid less than the amount owed? So, rather than receiving interest on your hard-earned cash, you pay the borrower for the privilege of taking this cash off your hands.
David Levy

‘We are facing a secular economic breakdown’

Juergen Buettner The good thing about an interview partner like David Levy is the clear and outspoken messages you get. The chairman of the Jerome...
Paul Smith, CEO of the CFA Institute

Investment managers working to regain trust

The investment profession has a problem. The reputation of financial services in general has taken a significant knock since the financial crisis when trust...

Showdown for fantasy sports

 Days after the news that FanDuel and DraftKings were to experience stellar growth, fans got news that there could be a rat in the play pen, threatening the clean image the fantasy sports brands sought.


Fantasy sports grow by leaps and bounds internationally

FanDuel and DraftKings have been paying millions each day for commercials aimed at bringing new blood into the online activity of virtual sports-team management. Fantasy sports leagues allow anyone to become the owner of a powerful sports team.


Lofty goals, limited results for football project

After 10 years and approaching US$3 million in spending, at the most conservative estimate, Cayman Islands football officials are planning a “grand opening” ceremony for a solitary football pitch at the headquarters in Prospect.

Investors move from hedge funds to private equity

Private equity is the most likely asset class that institutional investors are going to allocate more capital to.

How to profit from the greed of activist investors

Activist investors do not always have the best reputation, but currently they enjoy a good run.

Growing investment with online-security stocks

Protection against online attacks is becoming increasingly important.
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