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  1. BLOG

    Why is “fear” missing from the “fear index”? 

    May 12, 2017 George Bonne

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    Although global uncertainties remain high, the CBOE VIX Index — also known as the “fear index,” recently reached its lowest level since 1993. Some observers have questioned whether VIX remains a reliable indicator.

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    Has foreign capital changed the face of Australian real estate? 

    May 10, 2017 Bryan Reid

    Real Estate Investing

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    In recent years, Australian commercial real estate has attracted considerable attention from international investors, changing the dynamics of what was historically a domestically dominated market.

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    Bridging the gap: Adding factors to passive and active allocations 

    May 2, 2017 Anil Rao


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    How can asset owners integrate an equity factor allocation into their existing roster of active managers? There is no one answer that suits all. The response may be different for each asset owner, depending on its investment beliefs, goals and risk tolerance.

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    Has the growth factor earned a premium? 

    Apr 27, 2017 Simon Minovitsky


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    Asset managers devise investment strategies aimed at beating their benchmarks, but sometimes these strategies fall down in their implementation. Understanding exposures to different factors enables asset managers to make more informed decisions and allows institutional investors to evaluate the alignment of portfolios with their investment objectives. By using a fundamental factor model, we can see how a growth strategy might be hampered by unintended factor exposures.

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    If Frexit Follows Brexit 

    Apr 20, 2017 Thomas Verbraken

    Risk Management

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    France’s April 23 presidential election looms as the next important test for the future of the European Union and its common currency, the euro. The questions for institutional investors: What is the risk of France quitting the eurozone and what are the implications for their portfolios?

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    Listed and private real estate: Putting the pieces back together 

    Apr 19, 2017 Bert Teuben

    Real Estate Investing

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    A property owned by a listed real estate company, such as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) or a real estate management and development company, should produce returns close to those of an equivalent asset that is privately owned. In reality, however, the results differ, especially when looking at short-term performance. The challenge for real estate investors is to be able to use both listed and direct real estate in their real estate allocations and understand the performance drivers for each. Specifically, how do equity market factors, financial structures and individual properties contribute to performance?

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    EU Solvency Standards for Real Estate: Time for a Fresh Look 

    Apr 10, 2017 Ian Cullen

    Real Estate Investing

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    Following the global financial crisis, the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) required European insurers to reserve capital equal to 25% of the market value of their real estate assets to protect against a 1 in 200 chance of a catastrophic financial event. While reserving against potential catastrophes is critical, our analysis suggests that particular solvency capital requirement (SCR) may be unduly conservative for a diversified European real estate portfolio.

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    An Opportunity in Abenomics? Human and Physical Capital 

    Mar 30, 2017 Chin Ping Chia

    ESG Research , Factor Investing

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    Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012, he has embarked on a series of economic revitalization policies aimed at jostling Japan out of its so-called “lost decades,” the long period of sluggish growth and recurring deflation that followed the collapse of the country’s 1980s bubble economy

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    Can real estate benefit from smart beta? 

    Mar 28, 2017 Will Robson

    Real Estate Investing , Factors

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    Institutional investors use factors to capture returns and understand drivers of risk and return in their listed securities portfolios. Can factors that have generated long-term premia in equity markets help identify private real estate assets that have outperformed historically?

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    Why global small-cap stocks are becoming an important part of institutional portfolios 

    Mar 16, 2017 Raina Oberoi

    Global Investing , Factor Investing

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    Institutional investors worldwide traditionally have tended to focus on the stocks of larger companies, finding them less risky, more liquid and offering greater investment capacity than small-cap stocks. But asset owners and managers increasingly are allocating strategically to the small-cap equity segment as part of their global equity portfolios i.e., via an “all-cap” approach.

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