Keeping it in the Family: Natixis to Sell its Retail Banking Activities to BPCE

Natixis S.A. (EPA: KN) – market cap as of 14/09/2018: €18.43bn Introduction On September 12th, 2018 Natixis S.A. announced an agreement for the proposed sale of its retail banking activities to its parent BPCE. The transaction includes the transfer of the firm’s consumer financing, factoring, leasing, sureties and guarantees, and securities services businesses and is […]

The end of offshore insurers’ loopholes: Axa to acquire XL Group for $15bn in cash

XL Group Ltd (NYSE:XL) – market cap as of 09/03/2018: $14.4bn Axa SA (EPA:CS) – market cap as of 09/03/2018: €54.5bn Introduction On the March 5, 2018, the French insurer Axa announced its intention to buy 100% of Bermuda-based XL Group, which also operates in the insurance industry, for $57.6/share. The implied valuation of Bermuda’s […]

Thomson Reuters making the headlines as Blackstone acquires its Financial and Risk unit

The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: USD41.1bn Thomson Reuters Corporation (TSX:TRI) – market cap as of 23/02/2018: CAD35.8bn Introduction On January 30, 2018, Thomson Reuters announced the agreement to sell a 55% stake in its Financial and Risk unit to the US private equity firm Blackstone for more than $17bn. […]

Standard Life and Aberdeen’s Merger to Create a £660bn Asset Management Behemoth

Standard Life plc (SL.: LSE) – market cap as of 10/03/2017: £7.52bn Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (ADN: LSE) — market cap as of 10/03/2017: £3.77bn Introduction On March 6, 2017, it was announced that Standard Life plc (“Standard Life”) has agreed to acquire Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (“Aberdeen”) in an all-share transaction. Based on the […]

Momentum Investing: Just Go with the Flow

In this article, we will provide an overview on momentum investing, explaining what the strategy is and how it works. We will provide historical values that shows that strategy generated positive returns in the past but also negative returns if the most recent period is observed. What is it? In the previous article (Low Volatility […]

Low Volatility Investing – Smart Beta’s Gem

There’s Nothing Smart about Smart Beta Smart Beta is anything but new: strategies developed in the 70s with the aim of outperforming the market through relatively simple quantitative analysis. It is the middle ground between passive and active investment. Due to the fact that when it comes to stock picking the guidelines are quite simple, […]

Janus Henderson Capital, a $320 Billion Asset Manager

Henderson Group Plc. (HGG) – Market cap as of 07/10/2016: £2.86bn ($3.55bn) Janus Capital Group Inc. (JNS) – Market cap as of 07/10/2016: $2.54bn Introduction On October 3, 2016, the two asset managers Henderson Group Plc. and Janus Capital Group Inc. announced that they will combine their assets in a $6bn merger of equals. This […]

How Sovereign Wealth Funds Drive the Market Sell-Off

“In the old days you built armies, now you build a sovereign-wealth fund” Jayne Bok In the month of January, there has been significantly more willingness by sellers to sell assets at any price. Volume has been extremely high and markets have been strongly linked to oil prices even though, in theory, low energy prices […]

Special Report: Asset Management in Italy – A New Era?

Is the Italian asset management industry entering its roaring years? In this report we try to analyze the current situation and to find an answer to this question. First, we focus our attention on the typical financial portfolio of Italian households. We will see how it can be broken down according to different criteria, such […]

Special Report: The New Banking Business in US and Europe

Together with flowers and good weather, spring brings about also first quarter results of a year where European QE plays the lion role. With surging volatility, stocks at their highest, and regulatory fines fading out, banks can eventually present to shareholders decent results. Indeed, the last years, which have been characterised by a sluggish economic […]

Fineco_The New Bank

If you general use Fineco to set your trades you might consider buying Fineco itself! Fineco (FBK.MI) has been listed on Milan stock exchange last July, for a price of 3.7 Euro a share, for a total market cap of 2,2 Billion, granting Unicredit 673 Million (+ 101 Million of Greenshoe) in the IPO and […]

UniCredit and Santander to merge their Asset Management Units

UniCredit SpA; Market Cap (as of 03/10/2014): €35.45bn Santander SA; Market Cap (as of 03/10/2014): €87.68bn On September 22, UniCredit, the largest Italian bank by assets, and Santander, the largest bank in the Eurozone by market value, are in talks to merge their asset management units to create a European powerhouse with more than €350bn […]

Tyco sells its Korean unit to Carlyle for $1.93bn: the largest private equity buyout in Korea since 2008

Tyco International: Mkt Cap $20.23bn (as of 07/03/2014) The Carlyle Group: Mkt Cap $1.72bn (as of 07/03/2014) On 3rd March, Tyco, the world’s largest fire alarm and security system company, announced that it will be selling its Korean unit ADT Korea to the private equity Carlyle Group. Carlyle is paying $1.93bn in cash, making it […]