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Financial crisis catalyst for change in asset allocation

Rather than dealing in asset classes, investors should be thinking in terms of categories of risk to protect their portfolios

Credit openings emerge amid European muddle

The consequences of an unmanaged Greek exit from the euro would be so severe that central banks should continue to support the currency, creating attractive opportunities for credit strategies, according to fixed income specialists ECM

Safety first for clients wary of equity markets

With client confidence at rock bottom, many continue to seek security in government bonds, although corporates offer better yields and may prove a safer bet

Benjamin Conquet, BNP Paribas Asset Management

BNP Paribas constructive over corporate bonds

Having deleveraged balanced sheets and refinanced themselves on favourable terms, corporates look to be in a healthy state. But slow growth in Europe means investors should favour those with a global reach

However, it is important to address discrepancies within the corporate bond market across countries through a maturity schedule.

Team and track record paramount in private equity

Private equity may have fallen out of favour in recent times, but investors with medium-term horizons can find attractive returns in the asset class, as long as they select managers with proven experience

Ken Heinz, Hedge Fund Review

Institutions step in as high net worth individuals shun black-box strategies

With the 2008 crisis fresh in their minds, high net worth individuals remain wary of hedge funds, but institutional investors are taking their place and the industry continues to see fresh launches

Identifying winners in the multi-asset funds universe

Recent crises have generated renewed interest for asset allocation funds, with active management strategies designed to dampen shocks when the market falls. However, faced with an offer that is now very large and diverse, selecting the right investment medium can prove complicated

Lower-rated credit attracts yield-hungry investors to corporate bonds

The safe but unspectacular yields from higher grade corporate bonds continue to attract those looking for defensive investments, but the more adventurous are turning to the generous returns offered by lower grade issuers

A more efficient way into the environmental sector

As global resources become scarcer, companies developing more efficient solutions look like attractive investments

Thematic thinking enters mainstream

Investment strategies following themes such as the rise of emerging markets or the development of sustainable energy may be gaining traction, but critics claim they are little more than a marketing ploy

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