Natixis experts, featured in Global Investor, shed light on changes in the securities lending market

The quality of post-trade services has become a key differentiator between securities lending providers, according to Natixis’ Regis Lavergne, global head of equity finance, and Dan Copin, head of securities lending and borrowing, Europe. Answering a Q&A in the April edition of Global Investor/ISF magazine, the pair explore the effect of the new regulatory environment; discussing new product capability opportunities, and the increased importance of services tailored specifically to the needs of individual clients.

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Standard and Poor’s examines the effects of pension reform on insurer demand for infrastructure in Insurance ERM

The Chancellor’s recent pension reforms have raised concerns about a slowdown in annuity-sales and the potential knock on effect on insurers’ demand for infrastructure assets.

However, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Ratings, and Oliver Herbert, Insurance Analyst, of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, discuss in Insurance ERM why they believe that – despite the regulatory change – bulk-annuity sales are likely to remain strong and the potential market for individual annuities will remain very large. What’s more, in a smaller market, insurers will need to offer annuities with more competitive rates – which must be offset against higher-yielding assets like infrastructure projects, therefore boosting demand.

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FImetrix confirms Commerzbank as a top performer for EUR transactions for the second year running

Leading market research firm for financial institutions, FImetrix has designated Commerzbank as a ‘Distinguished Provider’ of global transaction services for the second year in a row.

The 2014 award recognises Commerzbank as a leading performer for EUR transactions, showing that it has consistently gone above and beyond the market standard in delivering services to its customers. Commerzbank was one of only four banks from around the world to be awarded this accolade.

The news was picked up by FX-MM and Global Finance & Banking Review

Siemens Financial Services features in this month’s Venture Capital Journal Fund Briefs

This month’s Venture Capital Journal Fund Briefs picked up the news of the launch of Siemens Financial Services “Industry of the Future Fund”. The venture capital fund targets early-stage strategic investment in start-up companies that have potentially disruptive technologies and which provide synergies with Siemens Industry business units. Venture Capital Journal’s coverage of the news also features comment from Ralf Schnell, CEO of Siemens Financial Services Venture Capital business.

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March in government bonds – Tradeweb’s monthly update for Institutional Money

In its first contribution to what will become a monthly feature for Institutional Money, Tradeweb tapped its proprietary data to put together a review of March activity in global government bonds.

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Commerzbank’s Head of Africa writes for TXF on harnessing the potential of sub-Saharan Africa

In an opinion piece for Trade and Export Finance this week, Florian Witt gives an overview of the current economic situation in sub-Saharan Africa with a particular focus on Nigeria and Angola. Witt writes that although there are risks associated with investing in Africa that cannot be ignored, these tend to be grossly overstated and it should not mean that the opportunities are overlooked. He explains what corporates can do to mitigate their exposure to these risks and capitalise on Africa’s potential.

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‘France and Germany: Europe’s monetary odd couple’ – Natixis writes in Institutional Investor

It’s difficult to reach a consensus for the policies needed in the eurozone when two of the region’s largest economic powers pursue starkly diverse strategies. Writing for Institutional Investor’s ‘Unconventional Wisdom’ column, Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis, evaluates the incompatible policies of Germany and France – illustrating yet another complexity of a currency area made up of economies with major structural asymmetries.

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