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WisdomTree / Macro Alerts, Equities, Europe / Eurozone, Small Cap 18 Jan 2018

The Outlook for Europe and Unfinished Business

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On a recent “Behind the Markets” podcast of January 5th, WisdomTree spoke with Frederik Ducrozet, senior economist for Pictet Wealth Management, and Tamim Bayoumi, deputy director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund. Their conversations focused on Europe, including an outlook for European equity markets and economy, and closed with a look back at the financial crisis in Europe.
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Jason Guthrie / Macro Alerts, Education 09 Jan 2018

The truth about ETP liquidity

Jason Guthrie
ETPs are growing in popularity as a transparent and cost effective alternative to mutual funds. However, because of their relatively recent adoption, misconceptions about ETPs are common and one is around an ETP’s available liquidity. The ability to trade ETPs intraday is well known, but many institutional investors believe ETPs aren’t tradeable in institutional size. The reality, however, couldn’t be further from this belief. 
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Nizam Hamid / Macro Alerts, Equities, US 21 Dec 2017

US equities: Is quality and growth now at a discount to the market?

Nizam Hamid
Growth at a reasonable price is something often desired by investors as they look for styles and factors that can deliver above average returns. Given that the S&P 500 Index is currently trading at high multiples, now is the time investors may wish to consider growth at a reasonable price. This article explores how WisdomTree’s methodology may offer a solution to this problem. 
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Jesper Koll / Macro Alerts, Japan 20 Dec 2017

Japan: Ten potential market surprises in 2018

Jesper Koll
It’s that of year when economists and strategists present their forecasts for the year ahead, however most of these forecasts leave little room for discussion of true outliers and surprises. In this article we highlight ten surprises that are unlikely, but still possible, for Japanese markets in 2018.
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Nizam Hamid / Macro Alerts, Equities, Japan, FX / Currency Hedging 07 Dec 2017

Low valuations, earnings growth and a weaker Yen: What’s the smart approach to Japanese equity exposure?

Nizam Hamid
Japanese equities are a significant weighting for many global investors. However, the country’s unique economic attributes, including negative interest rates and a weakening currency, require a specialised investment solution. With a focus on export-oriented stocks, this one Index looks well placed to benefit from the weakness of the Yen and the improving strength of the Japanese economy.  
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WisdomTree / Macro Alerts, Education, FX / Currency Hedging 17 Nov 2017

How and why currency fluctuations can impact ETP returns

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Investors looking to invest in Exchange Traded Products (ETPs)—whether that is a fund or a note—may notice there are different currencies associated with the instrument. These currencies can have a significant impact on the return of the product, and therefore it’s important to understand how they work and why they fluctuate. This article seeks to offer some clarity to investors and traders around how currencies in ETPs work.
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Jesper Koll / Macro Alerts, Japan 09 Nov 2017

Japan Inc delivers—25% earnings growth possible in fiscal year ending March 2018

Jesper Koll
The message from the current corporate results season is straightforward: Japan’s corporate earnings power continues to rise. This is due to both higher top-line sales growth as well as positive tailwinds from the exchange rate. Going forward, corporate guidance remains conservative, which in turn makes further upward revisions likely over coming quarters. All said, we maintain our call for 25% EPS growth in the current FY3/2018 (fiscal year ending March 2018), against the 13% now implied by the consensus. If realised, this implies a TOPIX level of 2,000 as a reasonable target over the coming six months, in my view.
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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.

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.

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.

Jose Poncela

Head of ETNs

Jose is Head of ETNs for WisdomTree in Europe and is responsible for managing WisdomTree’s Boost ETP platform and products. Prior to joining Boost/WisdomTree as a founding employee in 2012, Jose held positions as a structurer of strategic equity transactions at UBS and Nomura and qualified as an attorney working for a major US law firm. He holds an MBA from London Business School, Master in Laws from Fordham University in New York and legal and business degrees from Spanish universities.

Jason Guthrie

Director of Capital Markets

Jason Guthrie is Director of Capital Markets for WisdomTree in Europe. Guthrie is responsible for ensuring smooth trade execution across WisdomTree’s UCITS ETFs and Boost ETPs throughout Europe, Israel and Latin America. Prior to joining WisdomTree, Guthrie worked at Deutsche Bank within its ETF Capital Markets group. Before Deutsche Bank, he worked at Macquarie Bank as an Investment Executive based in Sydney, Australia. Jason holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Macquarie University in Sydney.

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. 

Jack Jiang

Senior ETF Specialist, Index and Quantitative Investment, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited

Mr. Jiang joined ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management (International) Company Limited as Senior ETF Specialist of Index and Quantitative Investment Department in November 2017. Before joining ICBC CS (International), Mr. Jiang was Director, Head of China in the client coverage team of S&P Dow Jones Indices, where he led the effort on sales and marketing in China. Prior to that, he was the head of the sales team of Dow Jones Newswire in China. Mr. Jiang had also worked for Platts, another subsidiary of S&P Global as Head of Beijing office. Mr. Jiang holds double degree, a Bachelor degree of Economy in International Economy and Business, and a Bachelor degree of Science in Automobile Engineering, with a minor degree in Computer Science, from Beijing Polytechnic University.

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