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    In 2015 emerging economies went through a series of shocks that destabilized the markets and prompted rapid cash outflows. Less than a year later, however, many of these economies are poised for stronger growth. The turnaround poses challenges but also a plateful of new opportunities for fixed income investors..

    This eBook explains:
    • A changing political landscape
    • A holistic view of emerging markets
    • Finding opportunity in emerging-markets debt
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    Helping DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLAN Participants Build a Strategy for Retirement

    This new ebook explains why target date funds (TDFs) have become popular choices, and how they fit into a holistic approach to managing defined contribution plans.

    Under this approach, employers provide the resources employees need to plan for a comfortable retirement and guide them away from poor decisions.

    This eBook explains:
    • How DC plan participants benefit from a “nonlinear” glidepath design
    • Which funds can manage and minimize interest rate and other risks
    • How to maintain portfolio diversification, within both equity and fixed


    Asset managers have long recognized that investing according to several “factors”, such as low volatility, value, momentum and quality, is a valid strategy for enhancing the performance of equity portfolios. Research shows that factor-based investing can earn higher long-term returns than strategies based on stock-picking skills.

    More recently, specialists in factor-based strategies—such as Robeco— have shown that factor investing also can boost performance of credit-based portfolio as well.

    This eBook and video interview explains:
    • How factor investing for credits is an evolution rather than revolution
    • How to apply Factor-based Investing to credit markets
    • How to implement a multi-factor credit strategy


    For the first time in recorded history, the old will outnumber the young. This unprecedented aging of the global population has profound consequences for individuals, businesses, governments, and investors.

    For PGIM’s new white paper, A Silver Lining: The Investment Implications of an Aging World , over 30 PGIM and Prudential Financial, Inc. experts were gathered to debate the most striking demographic trends, the likely winners and losers across different sectors in the economy, and the most attractive investment themes arising from the longevity mega-trend. With global aging under way, and accelerating, now is the time for investors to consider capitalizing on the opportunities.


    More investors are embracing “smart beta” and “alternative beta” strategies in pursuit of better returns in today’s uncertain markets. With this eBook, learn how senior strategists and asset allocation teams at Wellington Management structure portfolios that may use one or multiple factors to enhance performance, compared to more traditional investment styles.

    Download this eBook to learn more about:
    • How investors should define, choose and combine factors
    • How to manage alternate beta exposures
    • How to seek improved returns with these strategies
    • When to use passive rather than investment strategies
    • How to choose between single and multiple factor investing


    After a volatile year for global equity markets, the outlook is mixed about whether investors should be leaning toward compelling opportunities in emerging markets or in developed economies. Behind this dilemma is the growing correlation between the economic behavior of interlinked global markets.

    In this Institutional Investor eBook, HSBC experts on equity and fixed income markets in nearly every part of the world decipher these issues and share their insights on promising investment opportunities around the world in 2016.

    Their conclusions will help readers understand:
    • Why will the correlation between the performance of developed and emerging markets continue to increase?
    • How this trend will drive new investment choices?
    • What is the outlook for Chinese equities now?
    • Where is the growth in low-growth European markets?
    • When will it be time to look at troubled markets such as Russia, Turkey and South Africa again?
    • Are there opportunities in Middle East equities now?


    In this eBook, Christopher Jones, Chief Investment Officer at Financial Engines, explains why getting 401(k) investment advice delivers better long term results for individuals than those that don't. He explains why it's so important to help participants engage with their 401(k) accounts and take advantage of the resources available to them to make good investment decisions.

    • What kind of help is important and how it affects investment outcomes
    • Why Target Date Funds aren't always the best option for participants
    • How the use of managed accounts is growing and why
    • Who benefits most from online "do it yourself" advice and why

    *OECD report, June 2015


    Global assets under management among pension funds, insurance companies and mutual funds will rise from $90 trillion in 2014 to almost $120 trillion by 2019*. For pension funds in particular the challenge of generating a return on these assets will be difficult. To address this challenge, institutional investors will need to become more flexible in their approach to managing global fixed-income portfolios.

    View this eBook to learn how to combat the 3 challenges faced by Institutional Fixed Income Investors.
    • The impact of continued low interest rates
    • Why benchmarks constrain portfolio performance
    • The risk of over-exposure to slow-growth, high-debt economies

    *OECD report, June 2015


    “We believe that investing is all about ideas,” says Krishna Memani, chief investment officer, OFI Global, an OppenheimerFunds company.

    The search for long-term value investments in global equities starts with recognizing the main economic megatrends that will drive change and growth in certain sectors and companies. In this eBook, senior members of the Global Equity Team at OFI Global explain how they are continually looking for new things to explore in the world.

    View this eBook to learn:
    • Why investors should focus today on individual companies that will thrive from these trends, and pay less attention to the countries in which the companies are based
    • How to identify the industries and companies with strong global strategies for growth
    • How to assess risk and find value before investing in these companies


    • Why CIOs feel obligated to own equities
    • The most popular downside protection strategies
    • How CIOs are implementing downside protection
    • The way ahead – key tools to help you build a protection strategy

  • Can Yield Really Be Enhanced?

    For institutional investors, the investment terrain has been experiencing challenges in liquidity flows over the past few years. Despite quantitative easing (QE) measures from the European Central Bank, yields in Europe are being driven to ever-lower levels.

    Will there be an insufficient supply of eligible government bonds to meet the ECB’s demand? What opportunities are still available to investors? Can yield really be enhanced? HSBC fixed income specialists offer their views and outline alternative solutions to help investors bridge a challenged market.

    • Introduction: No End in Sight to the Low Yield Environment
    • Chapter I: Exploring Opportunities for Enhanced Yields in Fixed Income
    • Chapter II: Harnessing the Potential of Loans and Infrastructure
    • Chapter III: Is There Still Value in Equities?

  • Understanding Risks in a Global Multi- Asset Class Portfolio

    The analytical requirements of managers, advisors, and investors who deal with complex global portfolios are immensely complicated because of increasing exposure to multiple asset classes, currencies, and political factors.

    The analytical requirements of managers, advisors, and investors who deal with complex global portfolios are immensely complicated because of increasing exposure to multiple asset classes, currencies, and political factors.

    Read our latest eBook to find out how choosing the right multi-factor risk model can present a clear understanding of current and future risk exposure— and appropriate steps to take in accordance with the analysis.

    Download this eBook to learn how:

    •Investors can move beyond pure data collection to establish benchmarks and assign risk levels to allocation.
    •Managers can understand how the risk budget is being allocated among different strategies and investments.
    •Analysts can use historical data to uncover outcomes and relationships that may occur in worst-case scenarios.

    From Concept to Implementation


    • How to define and understand "factor investing"
    • How Norway's Government Pension Fund helped pioneer factor
    • How to weigh factor segments against risk
    • How statistics support the effectiveness of factor investing

    2014 Archive

    • Four Megatrends Driving Global Investment Opportunities

      To find above-average long-term returns in today’s markets, investors should pursue active allocation strategies that can capitalize on the key social, demographic and technological megatrends that are shaping the world.

      OFI Global Asset Management’s research team has identified four structural themes that are expected to drive the global investment climate for the next decade or longer:

      • Mass affluence – the rise of a middle class with discretionary income to purchase a wide range of consumer products and services.
      • Aging – a demographic trend that will increase demand for healthcare and lifestyle services.
      • New technology - a key driver of personal and business productivity in both developed and emerging markets.
      • Restructuring - major shifts in industries as well as company-specific changes that may help create new investment opportunities.

      In this Institutional Investor eBook, OFI Global’s George Evans--director of equities and manager of International Growth Strategy—explains how and why these megatrends will influence equities in developed and emerging markets, and how investors should respond with actively managed investment strategies.

    • Low Volatility Equities: Building Shaper Portfolios

      Why Higher Risk Does Not Always Bring Higher Return

      This INTECH Investment Management eBook shows how low volatility equity portfolios may deliver market-like returns for lower risk than their corresponding cap-weighted benchmarks. Volatility reduction is both possible and highly beneficial to today’s global equity investors.

      INTECH’s strategies show that, with dynamic risk reduction, managed volatility strategies may deliver excess return over the cap-weighted benchmark, while also lowering drawdowns in high-risk, high volatility market regimes. The conclusion is that a rigorous, rules-based approach to portfolio construction can give investors both the performance and risk reduction they seek, when and where they need it most.

    • Why Join the Movement Toward Outsourced Portfolio Management

      Operational Efficiency Drives Value for You and Your Clients

      By outsourcing portfolio management services, institutional investors, fund managers and family offices can focus on their core mission - creating value for their clients. Support functions can be handled by professionals with expertise in those areas, accelerating your ability to respond to client needs and market trends.

      This eBook looks at the key issues associated with outsourced portfolio management services.

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      Development Banking in Russia

      VEB, Russia's development bank, leads the way in financing the country's large infrastructure projects and small- and medium-sized business sector.

      Development banking, especially to support infrastructure projects, is one of the major growth areas of the Russian economy. The leading financial institution supporting this field for long-term finance is Vnesheconombank (VEB) - which today has a much larger mandate that its early role as an import-export financing bank.

      VEB is the only financial institution funded directly by Russia's federal government, Central Bank and National Wealth Fund - with a mission to promote the small- and medium-sized enterprise sector, along with major infrastructure programs. Its loan portfolio should reach almost 1.5 trillion rubles by the end of 2014.

      Internationally, VEB works with counterpart economic development banks, multilateral banks and some private investment funds to finance major projects and export initiatives.

      Institutional Investor is issuing an exclusive eBook which provides details about VEB's operations and global relationships, and includes video interviews with the bank's chairman, two deputy chairmen, and a management board member who discuss VEB's evolution as a key player in Russia's financial sector, and its growth plans.

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      An Absolute Return Strategy for Current Times

      Conventional wisdom for prudent investors has in some cases, led them to allocate a good portion of their portfolios to what they believe to be “safe and secure” fixed-income products. Now that successive crises in recent years have shown that even sovereign debt can be as volatile as any penny stock investment gamble, investors appear to be looking for new strategies that can bring some stability to the business of growing and protecting assets.

      The fixed-income sector appears to still offer attractive opportunities to investors who can implement an absolute return bond strategy that seeks to generate positive returns in any market conditions—even at a time when interest rates may be rising and the bond market may become agitated. This Institutional Investor eBook, drawing on the expertise of specialists at Pioneer Investments, addresses these issues over the following topics:
      • Turning Conventional Wisdom on Its Head: the rise of risk in the fixed-income sector
      • Addressing the Fixed-Income Challenge: time to consider a new investment approach
      • Choosing the Right Strategy: an absolute return approach offers potential benefits
      • Constructing the Appropriate Portfolio: combining core and alpha strategies
      • Enhancing Returns While Mitigating Risk: an absolute return strategy that may deliver results

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      KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production

      KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production (KMG EP) is one of the top three oil and gas producers in Kazakhstan, with about 15 percent of the country’s total hydrocarbons output. KMG EP has about 3 percent of Kazakhstan’s consolidated reserves, totaling about 1.5 billion of barrels of oil equivalent at the end of 2012. Oil production now is about 250,000 barrels per day.

      The company raised $2 billion with its IPO in 2006 and is the only Kazakh oil company listed on both the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange, with global depositary receipts. Dividends have increased every year since then, and reached a 10 percent annualized yield with the last declared dividend.

      In a new Institutional Investor eBook, Kazakhstan’s Oil & Gas Minister joins KMG EP’s CEO, Managing Director of Business Development and Acting CFO in discussing the company’s performance and ambitious growth plans in Kazakhstan and abroad—based on strong support from the government, high dividend yield and world-standard corporate governance practices.

      As part of this program, KMG EP is ready to invest $1 billion in new strategic assets in the short term, and intends to expand its ties with global institutional investors and foreign operational partners.

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      Why Commercial Real Estate Belongs in Retirement Plans

      As investors search for diversification, increased returns, inflation protection and downside protection, many are turning to alternative investments. Within this area, the commercial real estate market can offer compelling opportunities. Many investors gain exposure to the public market through publicly- traded companies such as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), but increasingly they are also making direct investments in privately-held properties such as office buildings, industrial warehouses, apartments, hotels and retail centers. Often, they are deciding upon a blend of both.

      With new supply constrained and with the economy growing, Prudential Real Estate Investors believes that the prospects for commercial real estate are bright and that the public and private markets hold promise for institutional and retail investors alike.

    2013 Archive

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      Creating Shareholder Value With ESG Integration

      How can shareholders get more value by investing with a concern for environmental, social and government (ESG) metrics? Informed analysis of the impact of these issues on the performance of companies and their stock is at the core of strategies that are being continuously refined by researchers and investment officers at Calvert Investments, one of the pioneers in this field.

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      Reframing The Retirement Conversation

      Retirement issues are converging around a complicated set of problems: Workers who are not prepared financially to retire, pension sponsors whose plans are underfunded--and the perverse prospect that greater longevity is overshadowed by long-term risk and financial insecurity for many retirees.

      To address this challenge, Prudential Retirement is calling for an innovative approach to retirement planning that can put employees, plan sponsors and employers on a better course to "guaranteed income for life". The Prudential approach calls for a "prescriptive" model, rather than a do-it- yourself method for future retirees.

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      Emerging Markets: Unique Strategy, Unique Opportunity

      After a challenging year in emerging markets, positive global economic news is expected to contribute to positive growth. Investec Asset Management has developed its own strategy to navigate the global volatility.

    Capital eBooks

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      Capital: eBook 1

      Commercial-Mortgage-Backed Securities Poised For Comeback; NYU Economists Find Way to Spot Systemic Risks; Asset-Based Lending Shifts to Owning; Weil Gotshal's Michael Aiello Advises on Soured Mergers; Institutional Investor Research and Rankings

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      Capital: eBook 2

      Man, GLG Merger Underscores Importance of Scale in Alternativse; Big Pension Fund TIAA-CREF Goes Green; Touting the Benefits of Electronic Medical Recordkeeping

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      Capital: eBook 3

      Investors Gravitate Toward Boutique Money managers; AgBank Liftoff

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      Capital: eBook 4

      Midsize Companies Rely on Pensions and Insurers for Funds; Looming Water Shortages Create Wave of 'Blue' Investing

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      Capital: eBook 5

      London Shipping Hedge Fund's Strategies Pay Off; There's No Shortage of Pitfalls Facing Plan Sponsors

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      Capital: eBook 6

      Basel III Critique Emerging; The Future of Small Hedge Funds

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      Capital: eBook 7

      While Economists Debate Inflation, Investors Seek Quality and Yield; Private Equity Firms Turn to Dividend Recaps to Bolster Liquidity

    Cloud Computing For Asset Managers eBook

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      Cloud Computing For Asset Managers: eBook 1

      Speed of deployment, efficient use of resources, flexibility and scalability are among the key reasons hedge funds and alternative investment firms are turning to cloud-based technology solutions to support their day-to-day operations and financial applications. Not only do these solutions, which support varied funds and trading strategies, allow asset managers to focus on their core business, they also give firms a competitive edge by reducing costs and providing a highly resilient and secure platform for their operations. Management firms further benefit from this technology’s ability to deliver best practices in terms of security, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

      We invite you to download this ebook examining how cloud-based technology solutions can help your firm succeed by controlling operational costs while providing superior security and resiliency to your business.

    Emerging Market Debt: Trends for the Next Decade eBook

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      Emerging Market Debt: Trends for the Next Decade

      Many institutional investors already have discovered the high-yield potential of emerging market debt, but this eBook gives new and specific insights into why sovereign and corporate debt from some emerging and frontier economies should be part of diversified global portfolios—and how to identify the best opportunities.

    Frontier Markets eBooks

    Global Yield and Income Strategies for Institutions eBook

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      Global Yield and Income Strategies for Institutions: eBook 1

      It’s not easy for institutional investors to find high yield and income in today’s low-rate financial environment. But there are strategies for increasing risk-adjusted returns for investors willing to look beyond the traditional asset classes on a global basis. Non-investment grade debt, emerging market debt and equities, real estate and infrastructure are among the asset classes with the potential to increase a portfolio’s performance, according to professionals from J. P. Morgan Asset Management.

    Invest in Kazakhstan with DBK eBook

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      Invest in Kazakhstan with DBK: eBook 1

      Energy and mining have brought wealth to Kazakhstan in the past two decades; now the country is moving toward diversified development of manufacturing and other key economic sectors.

    Macro Economic Drivers of Market Performance eBooks

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      Macro Economic Drivers of Market Performance: eBook 1

      Is the US Heading for Inflation, Recession? or Both?

      No matter what the macro economic data show, markets seem to be interpreting recent headlines—the US banking crisis, partisan wrangling over raising the debt ceiling, US debt downgrade by Standard & Poor's—as inevitably leading to a recession.

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      Macro Economic Drivers of Market Performance: eBook 2

      In the second installment of our eBook series, we examine 3 key issues underpinning good investment practices, including the respective benefits and limitations of independent and sell-side research, the ongoing pursuit of reasonable, risk-adjusted returns globally, and an analysis of the US industry sectors which offer the best investment potential for 2012.

    MYANMAR: A New Frontier Market Opens to Foreign Investors eBook

    Rethinking Diversification in the Defined Contribution Plan eBook

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      Rethinking Diversification in the Defined Contribution Plan: eBook 1

      Rethinking Diversification in the Defined Contribution Plan is our newest sponsored e-book. These educational insights are based upon interviews with Northern Trust experts, who explore best practices for plan sponsors and discuss strategies for plan diversification, reducing volatility and hedging inflation.

      Table of Contents
      What Sponsors Should Do about Plan Diversification
      Inflation-Protected Bonds
      The Role of Commodities
      Global Real Estate
      Summary & Recommendations

    Taking Control of Fixed Income Portfolio Analysis eBook

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      Taking Control of Fixed Income Portfolio Analysis

      In today’s interconnected global financial markets, institutional investors, fund managers and family offices rely on sophisticated analytics and timely reporting to develop their fixed income strategies.

    Trading Platforms eBooks

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      Trading Platforms: eBook 1

      Flash Crash Reveled a market Vulnerable to Cyberterrorists; Combining Audit and Trading Platforms Yield Benefits; Trading Uncertainty Remains in wake of Flash Crash

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      Trading Platforms: eBook 2

      Single-Dealer Platforms Make a Comeback...Again; Price Banding: Trading Damage Control; Prop Trading Goes Underground

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      Trading Platforms: eBook 3

      Exchange Merger Mania; Financial Reform Mandate Expands OTC Derivatives Clearing Market; Hedge Funds Are Taking a New Approach to Risk Assesment

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      Trading Platforms: eBook 4

      Mobile Phones Being Used for Trading in Emerging Markets; ISE's Longitude Back on Track; Fixed Income Market Moves Closer to an Exchange

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      Trading Platforms: eBook 5

      Risk Management Systems Are Red Hot; Latency? We've Got It Covered; Derivatives Growth and Regulations Spark Clearing Boom

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      Trading Platforms: eBook 6

      Economics Determine Pace Toward Electronic Trading; SRL Global's Portfolio Tracker Follows Multiple Managers; Asian Explosion

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      Trading Platforms: eBook 7

      Tackling Pre-Trade Risk at the Trading Platform; Orc Software Brings Trading Tools to Brazil Exchange; Keeping Trade Data at Pace in the HFT World

    The Other Russian Economy eBooks