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European asset management: BPO opportunities for service providers

Traditional providers such as State Street, HSBC and Citigroup are demonstrating a keen interest in taking over entire back-office operations of asset managers. While BPO threatens to erode the addressable market for back-office application vendors, it is simultaneously creating a new one in the form of service providers who are in need of scalable migration platforms to take on clients.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2004
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Deutsche Bank: catch them if you can

Deutsche Bank [DB] is planning to raise an additional $1.5 billion in Japanese hedge fund assets over the next three years. In a break from past norms, it will work with Japanese banks and brokers to assist in selling its funds. Given the potential of the market, Deutsche Bank should be optimistic about catching up with rivals that have more established footprints in the region.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Sep 2004
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Islamic hedge funds: patience may be rewarded with lucrative niche

After three years in development, the first Sharia compliant hedge fund has received approval for launch in the Middle East. The effort expended in reaching this stage highlights both the difficulty in servicing an embryonic market, and the potential rewards those managing the fund are expecting from this largely untapped financial services area.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Oct 2004
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Lloyd's of London: debt debut

The world's leading specialist insurance market, Lloyd's of London, has announced that it is to make its first venture into the international debt market by issuing GBP500 million of subordinated debt. The mere fact it is attempting such a move is evidence of that market's progress following some difficult times in recent years.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2004
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Egg: scrambling for improvement

On the back of weaker year-on-year results, the disposal of Egg Invest appears to be a clean-up operation for Egg's [EGG.L] business portfolio. With Prudential [PRU.L] still seeking to boost its capital strength, a renewed attempt at selling Egg would provide much needed funds resources, but first it needs to create a business that justifies the high price tag.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2004
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Caledonia: good things come in threes

With stock markets floundering under the weight of political and economic uncertainty, the search for high yield investments has put the focus onto private equity investments. As private equity ventures gradually become less exclusive, Caledonia's [CLDN.L] decision to get into this investment area seems a highly sensible one.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2004
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UBS: Citigroup's woes could be wealth management opportunity

UBS' [UBS] results show a 37% increase in UBS Wealth Management's pre-tax profits for the first nine months of 2004, with record levels of invested assets and continued investment in expansion and recruitment. Having returned to the Japanese market during Citigroup's [C] recent regulatory troubles there, the wealth manager now has a significant opportunity that could propel it to greater heights.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2004
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HSBC / Korea First Bank: foreign players will steady Korean ship

The last few years have been turbulent ones for South Korea's banking sector following a consumer spending boom turned sour. Yet the great interest evoked by Newbridge Capital's sale of its stake in KFB shows the market is turning a corner, with foreign players now keen to invest in the market. The presence of these players should ensure greater stability going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2004
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UBS: no sign of a seasonal downturn

Swiss investment bank UBS [UBS] has agreed to purchase Julius Baer's North American wealth management business for an undisclosed sum. The transaction, due to be completed in the first quarter of 2005, marks the latest in a long line of acquisitions by UBS, as well as Julius Baer's exit from private banking in North America as it refocuses on core operations.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Dec 2004
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Commerzbank: spreading the wealth

Commerzbank [CBK.DE] is set to open two new domestic branches in 2005 in a bid to bag new private banking customers and boost revenues. However, while the German market is the largest in Europe and is expected to continue growing over the next few years, its highly competitive nature will require a distinctive proposition to ensure more than just average market growth.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Dec 2004

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