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Is BlackRock set to revive annuities?

February 2019 (Magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

What can happen if the largest global asset manager teams up with the largest software company, which also happen to be the first and second largest companies in the world by market cap?

Letter from the US: REITS a good long-term bet, says study

December 2018 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Investors have lost some of their enthusiasm for US REITs – real-estate investment trusts – after their poor performance in the third quarter. From July to September, the FTSE Nareit All Equity REITs index gained 0.5%, compared with a 7.6% return for S&P 500 over the same period. The return of the REITs index has trailed behind S&P 500 by more than seven percentage points for the first three quarters of the year.

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Letter from the US: Controversial nomination for PBGC

November 2018 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

How do you fix a pension programme that has liabilities of $67.3bn (€58.4bn) and assets of only $2.3bn? 

Letter from the US: Insurers back new annuities rules

September 2018 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Insurance companies hope to play a greater role in 401(k) retirement savings plans if congress approves new rules on annuities

Letter from the US: No panic as investors stay the course

July/August 2018 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

Some 59% of US defined contribution (DC) plans’ assets and 47% of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are invested in mutual funds, with a total of $8.8trn (€7.5trn). Overall, the US mutual fund industry manages about $22trn on behalf of more than 100m investors. 

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Letter from the US: Harvard gets down to business

June 2018 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

It has been a busy 18 months for NP ‘Narv’ Narvekar, who became CEO of Harvard Management Company (HMC) in December 2016. At the end of this month, he will complete HMC’s first fiscal year completely under his responsibility 

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Guest viewpoint: Lisa Brüggen & Thomas Post

February 2019 (Magazine)By ,

”Pension funds, insurance companies and policymakers should limit choices to 6-22 option”

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Long Term Matters: What do Facebook’s investors care?

January 2019 (magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

Mark Zuckerberg “is a bigger threat to American democracy than Donald Trump”, says David Runciman, professor of politics at Cambridge University

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Guest Viewpoint: Sviatoslav Rosov, CFA Institute

January 2019 (magazine)By

The statistics on public market participation by corporations over the past two decades make grim reading. The US had 14% fewer exchange-listed firms in 2012 than in 1975 

Long Term Matters: What should investors do about authoritarian governments?

December 2018 (magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

In October, I wrote that investors would soon have to choose between backing social justice or going along with authoritarian- ism. I was not expecting that the choice would come so quickly

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Banking on life after politics

February 2019 (Magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

At 49, Brian Hayes is young man by political standards. Having started in Irish politics early with his appointment to the Irish Senate in the mid 1990s, Hayes was elected to the Dáil, the lower house, before he was 30, taking a seat for the Fine Gail party. 

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Brussels People – Lieve Wierinck: Building on Europe’s scientific base

January 2019 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Lieve Wierinck’s main political passion is ensuring the EU takes full practical advantage of Europe’s excellent scientific base

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Brussels People: Sven Giegold, MEP

December 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

While he derives some satisfaction from advances in green energy and the like, Sven Giegold is unhappy that most global investment can still be classed as environmentally unsustainable. 

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Letter from Brussels: Brussels seeks to bolster secondary market in non-performing loans

November 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Are non-peforming loans an investor’s dream come true? Or do they represent immeasurable risks?

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Letter from Brussels: Focus on pension products and supervision ahead of elections

October 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

Tensions are rising in Brussels as the EU institutional mandate approaches its end ahead of the Parliamentary elections in May 2019, and the Commission has already ceased issuing new proposals in the absence of legislative time. 

Letter From Brussels: CMU urgency mounts

September 2018 (magazine)By Jeremy Woolfe

The race is on to complete the EU’s flagship Capital Markets Union project before the mandates of the Commission and Parliament elapse next year

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