Lynn Strongin Dodds

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  • James de Bunsen

    Perspective: Songs strike a chord

    November 2021 (Magazine)

     A welter of recent private market deals and artists’ catalogue sales have moved music income strategies into the mainstream

  • Roxane Sanguinetti
    Special Report

    Index design: do your research

    ETF Guide (2021)

    Thematic exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are not new but over the past year those with a sustainability and technology slant have captured the imagination. Inflows have surged but investors are advised to be vigilant and judiciously examine the index construction and approach. As past events have shown, it is too easy to be caught off guard by rebalancing or by stocks that may not fit the bill.

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    Special Report

    Semi-transparent ETFs: balance and confidence

    ETF Guide (2021)

    For now, active semi-transparent or non-transparent exchange-traded funds are likely to remain unique to the North American and Australian investment markets; their European counterparts appear reluctant to take the plunge, although some industry experts believe this will change in time.

  • Justin Chapman

    Briefing: Bonds on the blockchain

    July/August 2021 (Magazine)

    Bitcoin’s wild ride has been hard to ignore this past year. However, it has mainly attracted its stalwart audience of retail investors, family offices and hedge funds. Institutional investors mostly sat on the sidelines, although interest has been piqued. Digital assets, most notably bonds and not cryptocurrencies, are likely to garner the inflows owing to the comfort of regulation and established market infrastructure. 

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    Briefing: Credit-risk niche gains interest

    June 2021 (Magazine)

    In a world of prolonged low interest rates, institutional investors are scouring different pockets of the investment landscape to generate additional returns. One area is capital regulatory transactions, which are far from new but are being put under the microscope for their potential as part of an alternative credit portfolio. However, these transactions can be more complex than other alternative credit asset classes and require specialist expertise, skills and understanding.

  • Brad Bauer
    Asset Class Reports

    Hedge funds and distressed debt: Competition for assets will be fierce

    February 2021 (Magazine)

    Hedge funds will have to compete with private equity and credit funds for distressed opportunities following the pandemic

  • Rima Haddad
    Special Report

    Getting what you pay for

    ETFs Guide 2020

    Price wars are nothing new for passive asset managers, but the contest has been particularly intense in the exchange-traded funds (ETF) space as new and existing players jostle for position. While low cost is always a draw it is clearly not the only factor in the investment decision process.

  • Features

    Briefing: Timing is everything in distress

    September 2020 (Magazine)

    After an extended period in the wilderness, distressed debt funds – bereft of opportunities because of ultra-low interest rates and economic buoyancy – are back in the spotlight with large players coming to the market.

  • Hayden Briscoe
    Asset Class Reports

    Credit: Interest grows in Chinese bonds

    July/August 2020 (Magazine)

    Foreign investors are finding Chinese government bonds increasingly attractive

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    Factor investing: Keeping a distance from single factors

    May 2020 (Magazine)

    The fluctuations of single factor returns have bolstered multi-factor strategies

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    Equities: Innovation frenzy in race for survival

    March 2020 (Magazine)

    Companies must cope with today’s unprecedented pace of technological disruption and rapidly evolving consumer expectations to stay in business

  • nathan cockrell
    Special Report

    The buy-side: Greater focus on quality

    November 2019 (Magazine)

    There is growing demand for research that genuinely adds value 

  • matthieu guignard amundi etf
    Special Report

    Liquidity & Implementation: Woodford fallout renews focus on ETF risks

    ETFs Guide 2019

    The recent suspension of redemptions from Neil Woodford’s Equity Income fund is a cautionary tale and one that has further sharpened the spotlight on the liquidity of mutual funds, a category that includes exchange-traded funds (ETFs). 

  • bernie thurston
    Special Report

    Innovation: What could disrupt ETFs?

    ETFs Guide 2019

    Over the last two decades, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have been one of the most disruptive forces in the asset management industry. But could the tables be turned? In an era of excitement over the possibilities of financial technology (fintech), are ETFs vulnerable to being displaced themselves?

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    Special Report

    Rare earths: The building blocks of tech

    September 2019 (Magazine)

    Everything from batteries, visual displays, catalytic convertors to military hardware are reliant upon rare earths in their production. Unfortunately, investment opportunities in rare earths are not as widely available as their potential uses

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    Special Report

    Credit default swaps: A bridge too far

    July/August 2019 (magazine)

    The practice of managed defaults – in which otherwise solvent companies deliberately default on their debt – has prompted moves towards tighter regulation

  • Features

    Briefing: Guidance for valuation of ILS

    June 2019 (Magazine)

    Valuation has always been an important, albeit thorny, component in assessing insurance-linked securities (ILS) but the higher-than-expected losses in 2017 and 2018 made the number crunching even trickier. The recently published set of guidelines from the  Standard Board of Alternative Investments (SBAI) is designed to improve the process but investors should always be aware of the risks attached to this asset class.

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    Special Report

    Public Markets: Hard to pin down

    May 2019 (Magazine)

    A mishmash of blurred definitions and terminology borrowed from ESG and sustainability is marring the progress of impact investing in public markets

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    Special Report

    Strategy: Factor rotation hits record pace

    April 2019 (Magazine)

    Tilting between factors could work well in this environment

  • Special Report

    Convertible Bonds: Just the ticket

    November 2018 (magazine)

    US convertible bonds have come into their own in the low-interest-rate environment

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