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  • Why Securities Lending?
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    Knowledge has become the key resource of the world economy. Securities lending is critical to enhance the optimal functioning of securities markets by adding liquidity and to support trading activities and strategies in all major markets. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  Securities lending adds liquidity and efficiency to the securities markets and supports trading activities...
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  • Why Transaction Cost Analysis?
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    Trustees have a fiduciary duty to avoid transaction costs and other expenses that are not justified by the objectives of the investment strategy. In this article we highlight the importance of managing and controlling costs that could affect the returns experienced by retirement funds and investors. Executive Summary Transaction Cost Analysis...
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  • Tracker Funds & Passive Investing
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    Tracker funds presents itself as powerful investing tools that can be used in conjunction with active investing to anchor a portfolio’s returns close to the index and to reduce costs. Just like any tool it should be used for the right purpose to avoid sub-optimal results. What is Passive Investing? Passive...
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  • The Costs of Entering Africa
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    Africa presents investors with enticing opportunities. The question remains whether this comes at too high a cost. In this article we focus on the listed equity asset class and identify the costs around investing in listed equity in Africa. The investor will need to be aware of 3 layers of...
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  • Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds and Platforms
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    Let’s look at the difference between hedge funds and “traditional” funds, as well as three different approaches to accessing hedge funds with an outline of advantages, disadvantages and costs. The revised Regulation 28 has sparked renewed interest in hedge funds as an investment destination. Let’s explore the difference between hedge funds and “traditional” funds, as...
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  • Debt Markets Explained
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    Debt instruments include nominal bonds, index linked bonds (ILBs) and money market instruments. These instruments are grouped under debt as their characteristics are similar to loans where the investor lends money to a company who pays back the “loan” with regular payments. These instruments can either be listed such as...
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  • 10 Questions Trustees should ask
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    10 Questions Trustees should ask Investment consultants are Trustees’ long-term strategic investment thinking partners. When selecting a consultant the Trustees therefore need to make a long-term decision. Selecting an investment manager is all about the four “p’s” i.e. philosophy, process, people and performance. So, why should selecting an investment consultant be any...
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  • What is Long / Short Equity?
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    Long / Short Equity is an investment strategy designed to reduce downside risk exposure and increase risk adjusted returns. In this snippet we explain how the Long / Short Equity strategy works and also compare the performance of Long / Short Equity funds to the traditional Equity funds over the past 5 years and also...
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  • An Introduction to Transition Management
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    Assets are often on the move. Every time an asset moves there are costs and risks involved. What is a Transition? An investor’s investment strategy may need to be enhanced by changing the long-term Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) i.e. the mix between equities, bonds, property and cash or taking advantage of...
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