A Northern Trust survey of 121 institutions, predominantly pension funds, in Europe, Asia and North America, forms the basis of the white paper entitled, Customized Beta: Changing Perspectives on Passive Investing.
The Fund will seek a combination of high income with some long-term capital growth, aiming to outperform the FTSE World Europe Index and deliver a healthy yield to investors. Income will be available quarterly.
Platinum jewellery’s appeal is spreading, driven by China, which accounts for about 68 percent of consumption.
The IAM survey indicates that the trend of insurance companies outsourcing the management of their balance sheets to third party asset managers remains strong. Outsourced general account assets now total $1.21 trillion, an increase of 5.5% from December 2
The survey, which covered more than 600 institutional investors representing $1.04 trillion of hedge fund assets, found that investors expect their hedge fund portfolios to return 8.6 percent in 2012, down from 11 percent last year.
South African platinum producers face the dual challenges of sustained high levels of unit cost inflation and weak metal prices, Absa said, cutting its price target on Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Northam Platinum.
In its 2012 Islamic Wealth Management Report, "The path to corporate transformation - converting a company to Islam", Bank Sarasin reviews the complexities of converting a business to Islam, a topic which is rarely discussed or written about.
The metal may trade between $1,500 and $2,500 this year, ending 2012 at about $2,250, Christopher Wyke, London-based product manager for emerging-market debt, commodity and currency funds, said at a briefing in Singapore.
Paulson also cited gold as a hedge against the euro currency, as a breakup may occur, and an eventual increase in inflation.