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Viktor Nossek / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage, Fixed Income, Europe / Eurozone 12 Jun 2017

Europe’s “back to normal” leaves safe havens at risk: Should you hedge German Bunds?

Viktor Nossek

The European political uncertainty and risks posed to financial markets are—for now—over. A Liberals-led mainstream coalition in The Netherlands firmly aligned with Germany’s EU agenda and a pro-European President of France upending fringe/extreme sentiment preserves the status quo. Also, Germany’s election in September should be a non-event with Merkel leading in the polls and the Social Democrats headed by Martin Schulz as runner up. Italy is unlikely to have its election until 2018.

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Nizam Hamid / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage, Commodities 24 May 2017

Oil: Trading opportunities ahead

Nizam Hamid

As we approach the next OPEC meeting on 25th May, the oil price is getting closer to a critical juncture with pressure on OPEC producers to restrain supply, rises in oil stock levels and the rebound in shale oil. Volatility remains the one overriding feature of the oil price and even if OPEC comes to an agreement on further production cuts this may not be enough to create a more stable oil price environment.

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Nick Leung / Macro Alerts, Equities, Short & Leverage 04 May 2017

Le Pen vs Macron: How is your portfolio positioned?

Nick Leung

In the first round of the French elections on Sunday 23 April, Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the far-right National Front, won 21.7 percent of the vote, securing her place in the second round of the French presidential election. She’s facing Emmanuel Macron, the independent, who won the first round with 23.7% of the vote. In this article we outline how investors might consider positioning their portfolios around France’s second—and final—election on Sunday 7 May.

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WisdomTree / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage 18 Apr 2017

Five things you need to know about trading oil

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Oil is an important commodity that investors track with great interest, but how best to judge the key trends—and what are the main nuances of the market? At the end of last year, OPEC agreed a deal where the cartel would cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day while the non-OPEC countries also agreed a further reduction of 558,000 barrels a day.
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Nick Leung / Short & Leverage, Macro Alerts, Commodities 10 Apr 2017

Oil supply glut not yet over: Learn how to position around oil’s latest slump

Nick Leung
The resurgence of US shale is undermining oil market fundamentals once again. Despite OPEC’s best efforts to pump up oil prices, recent surges in US stockpiles to record highs point to a global oil supply glut that is showing no signs of improvement. Unless market dynamics change, the short-term outlook for oil prices is likely to be bearish and volatile. This may entice tactical investors to take up positions using short and leveraged ETPs, whilst strategic investors may consider this an attractive entry point to boost their long-term oil exposure.
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Viktor Nossek / Short & Leverage, Macro Alerts, Europe / Eurozone 30 Mar 2017

ECB tapering: positive for Italian banks

Viktor Nossek
The Eurozone’s deeply discounted banking sector—particularly Italy’s—offers investors a potential entry point as long-dated government debt comes under pressure and the yield curve steepening that this instigates has revived carry trade opportunities.
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Nick Leung / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage 25 Jan 2017

2016: Leveraged oil ETFs reach record highs, while investors retreat to gold

Nick Leung

In which direction did investors and traders predict the markets would move in 2016? Between oil’s climb from multi-year lows, to the uncertainty in equities, currencies and fixed income caused by BrexitTrump and the Italian referendum, 2016 offered investors and traders plenty of opportunities to express their views.

Turnover data from our Boost range of products – which tracks in aggregate the short and long positions traders place across our products – has revealed what these views were. Here is where investors and traders placed their bets in 2016:

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WisdomTree / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage 23 Dec 2016

5 things you need to know about investing in oil

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Oil is an important commodity that investors track with great interest, but how best to judge the key trends – and what are the main nuances of the market? The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, otherwise known as OPEC, recently agreed a deal where the cartel would cut production by 1.2 million barrels a day while the non-OPEC countries also agreed a further reduction of 558,000 barrels a day.  
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Viktor Nossek / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage 19 Dec 2016

Economics trumps politics in Europe: it’s bearish bonds, bullish banks

Viktor Nossek
The bullish conviction in European bonds is dissipating, while bank stocks are rallying. Blame BrexitTrump’s US presidential win, Italy’s “no” referendum on constitutional reform and now the ECB’s QE “taper.” These macro events have inflicted violent price corrections in government bonds but the longer term ramifications to specific risk assets – most notably bank stocks – may be bullish. The Eurozone’s deeply discounted banking sector – particularly Italy’s – offers investors potential entry points as the premium prices of safe havens are under pressure.
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Viktor Nossek / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage 25 Nov 2016

Gilts, Bunds, Treasuries: how to hedge the downside

Viktor Nossek
Trump’s US election win. Brexit. The inability of the ECB to contain the spike in German Bunds and Italian BTPs. All these recent events underpin the fresh bearish sentiment in fixed income. As an investor, it may be the right time to assess the downside risks of high-grade debt and to consider protection. But how?
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Nizam Hamid / Macro Alerts, Short & Leverage 10 Nov 2016

UK Gilts: Post-Brexit and post-Sterling weakness

Nizam Hamid
Investors have become increasingly concerned by the outlook for UK gilts given the complex outlook following the extraordinarily strong rally that occurred post-Brexit. In the immediate aftermath of the vote to the leave the EU, 10 year UK government bond yields declined from 1.48% (23 June) to a dramatic low of 0.61% (12 August).
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WisdomTree / Macro Alerts, Commodities, Short & Leverage 24 Oct 2016

OPEC's move sparks profit-taking among leveraged long oil investors

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Investors around the globe have jettisoned leveraged oil and switched to short the commodity following the announcement from the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) that it will cut production, WisdomTree’s latest Short & Leveraged report has found.
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Nizam Hamid / Macro Alerts, Commodities, Short & Leverage 06 Oct 2016

Oil: A new framework?

Nizam Hamid
The recent unexpected announcement by OPEC on a framework designed to limit crude output has substantially changed the market dynamics in the short term for the price of oil. What was previously an uncertain environment, with no OPEC guidance, has now changed to offering a glimpse of price stability amidst a more orderly background. Ultimately the recent commitment will be put to the test when it comes to defining a binding agreement ahead of the next official meeting at the end of November.
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Nizam Hamid

ETF Strategist

Nizam Hamid is an ETF Strategist for WisdomTree in Europe and has extensive experience in the European ETF market. Prior to this he was at C8 Investments, a systematic hedge fund, focusing on business development and quantitative strategies, before that he was a consultant at FTSE. From 2010 to 2012, he was Head of ETF Strategy and Deputy Head of Lyxor ETFs, at the time Europe’s second largest ETF issuer. Before joining Lyxor he was Head of Sales Strategy for the Europe and the Middle East at iShares in London. Prior to that, he was Global Head of ETFs, Portfolio and Index Strategy at Deutsche Bank from 1998 to 2008. He has also worked as a quantitative analyst in London and Tokyo for UBS, BZW and Bankers Trust / NatWest Markets. He holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Liverpool.

Viktor Nossek

Director of Research

Viktor, who has over 14 years’ experience in research, joined the firm from Renaissance Asset Managers where he was Head of Research. Viktor provides macro research on various themes covering equities, commodities and fixed income. His research for WisdomTree in Europe offers investment strategies for the current range of Smart Beta UCITS ETFs as well as the Boost range of short and leveraged Exchange Traded Notes. Viktor has previously worked as a Research Analyst at BlackRock and Thomson Financial. He started his career as an Equity Strategist at Commerzbank, after he completed a Masters in Economics from Maastricht University, in the Netherlands.

Nick Leung

Research Analyst

Nick Leung is a Research Analyst for WisdomTree in Europe. He is responsible for macroeconomic commentary and analysis, formulating investment strategies and trade ideas, as well as the maintenance of research collateral. Prior to joining in 2015, Nick was at Source, having completed his Master’s Degree at Imperial College London. During this time he was also involved in an ice-cream entrepreneurship project with Unilever. Nick holds a BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

Jesper Koll

WisdomTree's Head of Japan

Jesper Koll was appointed Chief Executive Officer of WisdomTree Japan on July 1, 2015. Over the past two decades Jesper has been consistently ranked as one of the top Japan strategists/economists, working as Chief Strategist and Head of Research for major U.S. investment banks J.P. Morgan and Merrill Lynch. His analysis and insights have earned him a position on several Japanese government advisory committees and Jesper is also one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. He has written two books in Japanese, Towards a New Japanese Golden Age and The End of Heisei Deflation. After arriving in Japan in 1986 Jesper initially worked as an aide to a Member of Parliament. Jesper has a Masters degree from the School of Advanced and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and was a research fellow at both Tokyo University and Kyoto University. He is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific.

Vania Pang

Capital Markets and Investment Solutions, Index and Quantitative Investment, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited

Ms. Pang is responsible for Capital Markets and Investment Solutions functions of the Index and Quantitative Investment department at the ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited. From 2012 to 2016, Ms. Pang was the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, Asia Coal Limited, where she led the strategic mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and investor relations management. Prior to that, she was the Associate Director, Business Development of Crown One Asset Management Company Limited, responsible for sales and marketing of fund products. Between 2007 and 2008, Ms. Pang was Assistant Manager, Public Distribution Hong Kong (Equity Derivatives and Private Investor Product Sales) of RBS, handling sales and marketing of listed equity derivatives products. Before joining RBS, she was an anchor and reporter with the Cable TV and Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Ms. Pang holds a M.Sc. in Development Finance from The University of Manchester, a M.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Business Administration from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

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