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Investment News 03/2016



Junk versus Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETFs
The high-yield junk bond market was a troubled zone in 2015 due to the dual threats of the oil price collapse and the Fed lift-off. As a result, the high-yield or junk bond ETF space was deep in the red. Even the investment-grade corporate bond ETFs ...
French Telecoms: The Investment War May Be Just Beginning
French consumers can now buy a monthly 4G cellphone package, including international calls, for less than the price of a coffee and download speeds are getting faster. Price cuts have been the most visible aspect of the vicious competition unleashed by ...
RBS to cut almost 450 investment banking jobs in UK
The bank, 73% of which is owned by the taxpayer, said it would cut back- and middle-office roles in its investment bank, including a small number of technology jobs. Under its chief executive, Ross McEwan, RBS has been shrinking the division to focus ...
Finra issues report on digital investment advice for financial firms and investors
Financial services firms that want to offer better digital investment advice must focus on training and education to better serve clients, according to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. Finra on Tuesday released a report providing ...
SEC Opens Door to Investment Banking for Steven Rattner, Barred Financier
Were he still interested in the job, Mr. Rattner would be working with Guggenheim Securities as an investment banking representative in its New York office, again focusing on media industry clients, according to the S.E.C.'s order. His pay would be a ...
Colleyville man sentenced to 15 years in prison in wind farm investment scam
Federal prosecutors say David Lyman Spalding of Colleyville raised $3.7 million from investors in two companies, Wind Plus Inc. and Baseload Energy LLC. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images). A Colleyville man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday ...
Twinlite's Vieira investment arm transferred to EPF
The property investment arm of the Twinlite group that built thousands of homes in Tyrrelstown has been transferred to a fund over whose assets Goldman Sachs has security. Rick Larkin, a director of Twinlite, which faced public pressure this week over ...
Investment funds to swoop as Nama sells off residential loans
Up to now, big US investment funds have been the buyers with the deepest pockets and will again be expected to buy these new loans. But while the loans have a par value of €4.7bn, they will be sold for significantly less than that. Nama formally kicked ...
Anterra Capital Closes Investment Fund at $125 Million
Anterra Capital, a venture capital firm focused on food and farming start-ups, plans to announce on Wednesday that it has closed its investment fund at $125 million. Anterra also plans to announce that it has opened an office in Boston, giving the ...
CrowdStreet raises $3.5M for commercial real estate investment marketplace
crowdstreet111 CrowdStreet's commercial real estate investment platform continues to find success and the Portland-based startup today announced a $3.5 million Series A funding round to help fuel growth. CrowdStreet CEO Tore Steen. Rally Ventures led ...
Germany overtakes UK in real-estate investment
Germany has stolen the U.K.'s mantle as Europe's most attractive country for real estate investment. It ends a two-year British reign at the top, according to an annual survey of global real-estate investors from property-broker CBRE, and is the latest ...
'Bulging pipeline' of investment projects boosts China bulls
A dramatic rise in new investment projects in China could strengthen the hand of those who believe the world's second-largest economy is poised for a rebound. Much of the economic data from China of late has been disappointing, with industrial activity ...
UBS to cut around 300 investment banking jobs: sources
S) plans to cut around six percent of its investment banking jobs in Europe in the coming weeks, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The Swiss bank plans to lose about 300 staff out of an estimated 5,000 currently working in front and ...
Government to Promote India as Investment Destination for Startups
Government is preparing to launch a global campaign to hard sell India as attractive investment destination for startups and has invited proposals from creative agencies. The campaign will be launched in global as well as domestic markets across the ...
Michigan Green Bank Could Attract Billions in Clean Energy Investment
Our analysis shows that an initial investment of $105 million in Michigan could leverage more than $3 billion (yes, with a “b”) in clean energy investments through 2030. These investments can be directed where they're needed most, help the state comply ...
How to Pay for Private College Without Destroying Your Investment Portfolio
Inasmuch, college savings in these plans are tied to the performance of the type of investment chosen. Traditional 529 plans can be purchased through an investment adviser or any large brokerage, such as Fidelity, Vanguard or T. Rowe Price, and are ...
Three Bergen County residents charged in investment scheme
Three Bergen County residents charged in investment scheme. By KATHLEEN LYNN. staff writer |. The Record. Three Bergen County residents have been charged with stealing $350,000 from people who believed they were investing in medical ventures ...
Relativity Studios Lands $400 Million Investment From Maple Leaf Films
The investment will contribute 75 percent of funds for Relativity films chosen by new creative leader Dana Brunetti over the next five years, according to the studio. “We are excited to have the support of Michael and Tove as we continue to identify ...
S'pore looking at allowing open-end investment firms
One initiative involves the MAS and the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority setting up a new regulatory framework for what are called open-end investment companies (OEICs). Ms Indranee told a fund management event that the OEIC framework ...
Indonesia aims to attract more Australian real estate
Indonesia aims to lure more real estate investment from neighboring country Australia by stepping up promotion and intensifying communications with Australian businesspeople. According to Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) data, four Australian ...
Seven investment advisers tell us their biggest mistakes
Lesson learned: “Any one investment can be fabulous or terrible. But what percentage is it of the portfolio? If you find you're spending too much time worrying about it, then it is too great a percentage in your portfolio. Conversely, if you're too ...
China confident of attracting investment: commerce ministry
China is confident of remaining an attractive destination for foreign investment with "good traditions" and "new endeavors," Shen Danyang, a spokesman at the Ministry of Commerce, said today. "Although there are many challenges, we are confident of ...
Graycliff Partners Announces Investment in Williams Sound
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Graycliff Partners, an independent investment firm focusing on middle market private equity and mezzanine investments, today announced it has provided subordinated debt and equity financing to Williams Sound, a leading ...
Investment trust bargains are back – how spot a cheap fund and tips on what to buy now
First we need to look at the nuts and bolts of how investment trusts work, and how these portfolios, some of which have been around since the Victorian era, differ from "normal" funds such as unit trusts. Investment trusts are funds structured as ...
Osborne's goal to eliminate borrowing will squeeze public investment - EUROPP
The practical implication is that there is a sharp and tightening squeeze on public investment at a time when borrowing for public investment has never, historically, been cheaper with interest rates close to zero in real terms on long term public ...
Start-up investment tax incentives 'world's most generous'
The entire board of StartupAUS met with Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne in October, and their recommendations on encouraging more angel and venture capital investment have broadly been adopted, according to Alex McCauley, chief executive of the ...
Green bank in Michigan could reel in $3B in private investment
The state of Michigan could leverage $105 million in public funds to attract $3 billion in private investment, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, by utilizing the "green bank" model to bolster the clean energy economy. Green banks are a ...
For sale: Former Hells Angels clubhouse now an investment opportunity
The former Hells Angels clubhouse in the city's east end is up for sale, advertised as "great investment opportunity" in an online real estate profile. The asking price for a fortified two-storey former tavern with locked gates, barbed wire protecting ...
China's investment draw remains
CHINA will remain an attractive spot for foreign investment by creating a fair, transparent and stable environment as well as facilitating investment in certain industries and channeling more funds to the country's central and western areas, Shen ...
A-Life to sink Bt500m into 20-year investment fund
ADVANCE LIFE Assurance will shift an investment budget of Bt500 million from the money market and invest it in a new infrastructure fund in the hope it will provide a certain long-lasting return. The company's annual money-market return on investment ...
The Mystery of America's Missing Capital Investment
The public is in a foul mood this campaign season, in part because living standards have stagnated. The median household income in January was slightly lower, adjusted for inflation, than it was in January 2000, according to Sentier Research. Pay is ...
ECB Bond Actions Call For Unorthodox Investment Solutions
Many investors were surprised by the European Central Bank's (ECB) announcement that they would begin purchasing investment-grade corporate debt to help ease financing conditions in a struggling Eurozone economy. While positive for the economy, the ...
American Capital Mortgage Investment (MTGE) Names Gary Kain as CEO and Al Puryear as Chair
American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (NASDAQ: MTGE) announced that today its Board of Directors elected Gary Kain, the company's President and Chief Investment Officer, to the additional position of Chief Executive Officer and that he has joined ...
Fort Dearborn Income Securities, Inc. Announces Termination of Its Automatic Dividend Investment Plan
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fort Dearborn Income Securities, Inc. (NYSE:FDI) announced today that the Board of Directors of the Fund approved terminating the Automatic Dividend Investment Plan effective for distributions payable to shareholders of ...
Higher tax on capital gains unlikely to deter property investment
There's speculation that the federal budget coming Tuesday will include a tax measure that would hit people buying and then selling investment properties in hot housing markets. That's not how higher taxes on capital gains would be billed, but people ...
Australia Beefs Up Investment Scrutiny After Lease to China
The Foreign Investment Review Board will study all critical infrastructure asset sales by state and territory governments including airports, ports, telecommunications and utilities, Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Friday. The new rules, coming ...
Big Indonesia investment-rules changes to take effect soon
JAKARTA — Major easing of foreign investment restrictions that Indonesia announced last month as a "big bang" liberalisation should become effective by the end of March, a senior official said on Friday. Edy Putra Irawady, deputy coordinating economic ...
Canberra's approach to block foreign investment is a disgrace says Australian banker
A merger and acquisition expert says politicians in Canberra are scaring Chinese investors away from Australian agribusiness. Foreign investment was just one of the issues discussed today at the annual Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association ...
Investment applications double in two months
Investment applications nearly doubled in the first two months of 2016, mainly in the technology, farm and chemical industries, helped by new policies launched last year, the investment agency said on Friday. Foreign and Thai firms submitted investment ...
The Dangers Of Rewriting An Investment Narrative
This is the second article in our series of articles to help the average person make better investment decisions. Our first article can be found here. In this article we will discuss the tendency of investors to rewrite investment narratives. Recently ...
Michaels vs. Tiffany: Which Is the Better Investment Opportunity Right Now?
As oil prices have declined, Americans are increasingly directing their savings on gasoline prices to food, drinks, shopping and recreation. Despite the recent oil price rally, this trend won't reverse anytime soon. Discount retailers like Dollar ...
EDF Finance Director Quits Ahead Of Final Hinkley Point C Investment Decision
The CFE-CGC rep in question, Francis Raillott, commented that, owing to issues with the development of a project featuring a similar reactor design in Flamanville, France, investment and construction should be held off until at least 2019 — enough ...
Investment Grade On The Edge
Last summer, we compiled and analyzed a list of all MLPs and their credit ratings. In that article, we talked about how some investors may prefer to invest in those MLPs which are on the cusp of being upgraded to investment grade. This spring however ...
Deductibility of Investment Advisory Expenses: Impact of Limitations
Limitations on the deductibility of investment advisory expenses can have outsized impact on taxpayers with high adjusted gross incomes (AGI) or those subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Taken together, the 2 percent of AGI limitation and the ...
Starwood takes sweetened offer from China investment group
FILE - A Tuesday, July 17, 2012 file photo, shows Starwood Hotels W Hollywood hotel logo in Los Angeles. Starwood is calling off a $12.2 billion buyout agreement with Marriott in favor of an offer from a group of investors led by the Chinese insurance ...
Liberals set to spend billions in investment with its upcoming federal budget
Canada is positioning itself on the investment side. …Whether it's investing in clean technology, renewable energy, starts ups and the knowledge economy, roads and bridges, and hospitals. ... the kind of infrastructure that's going to lead to a better ...
Barstool Sports' $15 million investment may have changed how it brawls
“It's the right move,” said Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy in a January video announcing the investment on YouTube. “In my heart of hearts I believe Barstool Sports is better at what we do—over the past 10 years. We're funny, smarter, better ...
Italian firms explore Pakistan for investment
LAHORE: Italian Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo has said that a large number of prominent Italian companies are presently exploring Pakistan as an investment destination because it has ample supply of cheap labour and has potential to be a regional hub ...
5 investment alternatives to gold
It is possible to make a smart investment in jewelry that can beat the returns on gold. "How one wears and treats the jewelry impacts how long the piece will last or how much repair might be incurred over time," says Jill Burgum, senior director of ...
Mida sees brighter investment climate
GLOBAL expectations are for foreign direct investments (FDIs) to decline this year but Malaysia is banking on several bright spots that will provide strong linkages to domestic industries. By the second month of the year, the Malaysian Investment ...