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End of the beginning for responsible investment

Recent reflections on this month’s five-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers collapse have focused on a variety of developments since the crisis: from reform to remuneration, sovereign debt to shadow banking, and from offshore tax to the Occupy movement. However, one significant area that has been largely overlooked has been the rise of sustainable and […]

EDHEC puts CDS under the spotlight

In recently released research, Dominic O’Kane, affiliated professor of finance at EDHEC Business School, challenges the assumptions about the operation of the eurozone sovereign-linked credit default swaps (CDS) market. The European Parliament decided to permanently ban so-called “naked” CDS in October 2011 on the back of claims that their speculative use caused or accelerated the […]

Investors favour credit

Towers Watson’s negative outlook for bonds and its advice to increase allocations to high quality credit is being reflected in portfolio shifts by institutional investors.
Fixed Income

Can stability bonds save the eurozone?

A majority of investors believe “stability bonds” could provide a partial solution to the euro zone sovereign debt crisis, but are concerned that these bonds carry a high moral-hazard risk, a CFA institute poll reveals. The poll found 55 per cent of European investment professionals believe that the common issuance of stability bonds can help […]

Sovereign debt’s grave new world

Bonds have been the saviour for institutional investors in the global recovery, but a new bout of risk-aversion induced by concerns about sovereign risk threatens the stability of the traditionally defensive assets.