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Word Largest Asset Manager

Blackrock is now the world’s largest asset manger – with $3,450bn under management – this is because of its acquisition of Barclays Global Investors (BGI)with $13.5 billion in cash and stocks.

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Emerging Market Debt Update 2010-06

According to JPMorgan, net inflows into emerging market debt totalled $30.6bn (£20.7bn, €25bn) from the beginning of the year to late May, whereas it was only $33bn for the whole of 2009.

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Emerging Market Bonds 2010

As European government fixed income stablised and Greece successfully issued its bonds, emerging market bonds issuance were very well received last week.  In fact, they have had their best start to a year on record as issuance surged and yield spreads narrowed to their tightest levels over US Treasuries, the global benchmark, since 2008.

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Alternative Investment Strategies

In my earlier blog on UCITS III, to some extend, UCITS III 'accredited' mutual funds operate very similar to hedge funds whereby there are many different alternative investment strategies that managers can use to extract returns from the market.  The main different between UCITS and hedge funds are that UCITS cannot leverage and short selling on physical securities. Add a comment

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Is history repeating itself?

History repeats itself but in different forms!

This article highlight that this crisis is even worst than what took place in the Great Depression. As of 5 March 2009, the S&P 500 has lost 56.4% from its all-time highs 513 days ago. At the same point in the bear market associated with the Great Depression, that is at the 513 day mark, the S&P 500 had only lost -- only! -- 49%.

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