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Hunting for yield in safe grounds

Subordinated debt offers an attractive balance between risk and return, and a range of positive characteristics, namely attractive yield, IG credit quality of issuers, liquidity, and the ability to absorb the impact of interest rate increases.

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2018 – Strong expectations in a world that has changed

The year ahead gives us a number of reasons to be optimistic that I would like to share with you. World trade has taken an upturn, oil prices remain reasonable, and business leaders worldwide have a positive take on their environment. So the starting point for 2018 is solid.

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MiFID II: Disruptive Regulatory Change For European Financial Markets, Winners And Losers To Emerge Over Time

New Year 2018 sweeps in profound changes to financial markets in Europe with the implementation of the second act of the EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, referred to as MiFID II, and its accompanying regulation, MiFIR. Initially proposed in 2011, the new rules will subject all businesses involved in the distribution and trading of financial instruments across Europe to a changed, and in many cases, more stringent regulatory framework governing, among other things, enhanced investor protections, market abuse, and trade reporting requirements.

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Reform and Restructuring Takes Hold in Japan

Amid excitement about possible reform and restructuring in Europe, some investors may have missed the fact that Japan is actually putting the theory into practice while fiscal and monetary policy-makers are lending continued cyclical support to reform efforts.

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2018: wall of worries or not?

The year is not over yet, but unless a serious shock, 2017 will be remembered as a year of superlatives by investors.

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