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Viktor Nossek / Macro Alerts, Europe / Eurozone, Fixed Income 12 Dec 2017

How to hedge safe haven duration risk with ultra-long short strategies

Viktor Nossek
If now is the time to consider hedging the downside risks to eurozone long-dated fixed-income portfolios, then leveraged short ETPs tracking ultra-long German Bunds can serve as capital efficient hedging tools for investors seeking to protect their high grade, high-duration portfolios from these risks.
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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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Nick Leung / Macro Alerts, Commodities 24 Nov 2017

Why OPEC’s supply cut extension is structurally bullish for oil

Nick Leung
Investors holding a 3x leveraged oil ETP would have gained over 15% in the first week of November—more than 3x the return of front-month oil futures over the same period. Underpinning this is an easing supply glut and a potential OPEC supply cut extension—both of which, we believe, reaffirm the structural bull case for oil. Ahead of the Vienna OPEC meeting on 30 November, we highlight how oil investors can express their views on oil using short and leveraged oil ETPs, and/or unleveraged oil ETCs.
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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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WisdomTree / Macro Alerts, Small Cap 07 Nov 2017

The European small-cap rally: What fundamentals are telling us

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For investors trying to anticipate the next big inflection point for European equities amid a year of strong gains and moderate volatility, what should they be looking for from one of the best developed market equity trades of the year thus far in European small caps? 
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Nizam Hamid / Macro Alerts, Equities, Europe / Eurozone 31 Oct 2017

Why European investors are allocating to growth strategies

Nizam Hamid
European investors are increasingly allocating to growth as a style, and these strategies currently account for over €1trn of mutual fund assets. Over the past nine years, equity assets in the growth category increased by close to 12.5% per annum, outstripping both value and blended/market capitalisation categories. Growth as a style now accounts for 34% of all European mutual fund assets. The current strength of Eurozone economic fundamentals, with higher expected rates of growth, combined with the end to quantitative easing which is likely to be a prelude to rising rates, sets the scene for a continued focus on growth strategies.
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Jesper Koll / Macro Alerts, Japan 26 Oct 2017

The coming BoJ pivot to banks

Jesper Koll

In coming months, Japan’s monetary policy is likely to move back to center stage. This is not just because Prime Minister Abe will have to make a decision on the next Governor, but, more importantly, because the case for a change in the operational targets of the BoJ’s Yield-Curve-Control is growing stronger. Specifically, I expect a possible change in the BoJ duration target: a pivot away from targeting the 10-year yield to targeting the 5-year or 7-year yield could greatly enhance BoJ reflation credentials. 

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Viktor Nossek / Macro Alerts, Fixed Income 26 Oct 2017

Countdown to ECB “Taper Tantrum”: Taking a “step-down” is bearish safe havens—Consider hedging German Bunds

Viktor Nossek

Forget “reflation”—when Mario Draghi articulates the ECB’s exit-plan from the QE programme on 26 October, it will be the clearest signal to come from officials who are judging the Eurozone economic recovery as increasingly self-sustained. That may cut short sentiment in bond markets well ahead of when inflationary pressures—if at all major—materialise. Absent inflationary risks in the near term, the event is potentially very bearish for bond markets.

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Jason Guthrie / Macro Alerts, Education 24 Oct 2017

Six trading best practices to improve your ETF execution

Jason Guthrie
New investors are using ETFs more and more every day. As a result, we’re increasingly asked about ETF execution and implementation. This blog aims to answer some of those most commonly-asked questions. While it’s important to note that there are several ways to implement an ETF trade and therefore there isn’t one right or best way to execute, there are, however, some simple guidelines we believe will help investors better understand the nature of ETF execution and could help investors achieve better execution.
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Jesper Koll / Macro Alerts, Japan, Equities 23 Oct 2017

Stable politics—Dynamic economy—Japan Premium

Jesper Koll
In the world of politics and policy making, Japan has become the envy of the world. The snap election got “Team Abe” re-elected with a strong majority and they will be controlling parliament with basically the same two-thirds super majority they had before. Stability, continuity and consistency of a strong pro-growth and pro-business agenda is poised to be rewarded with a growing “Japan Premium” in financial markets, that is, Japan’s equity markets deserve a higher PE multiple, in my view. 
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Jesper Koll / Macro Alerts, Japan 17 Oct 2017

Politics re-invented: Abe-Koike rivalry to bring supply-side reforms

Jesper Koll

Japan’s upcoming election is poised to usher in a new era of policy competition and political accountability. Structural reform in general, supply-side reform in particular, is poised to accelerate if, as we suspect, Tokyo Governor Koike catapults herself into the never-imagined-before position of being both in power and in opposition: in power because she will continue to be the ruling Governor of Tokyo; and in opposition because she will be the leader of the second largest party in parliament (assuming current opinion polls are correct in their predictions).

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WisdomTree / Macro Alerts, Emerging Markets, Equity Income, Small Cap 10 Oct 2017

Emerging markets: alternative index strategies can outperform

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Investors looking to gain exposure to emerging markets often feel compelled to use an active manager. This is based on the belief that these markets are less efficient and there is greater potential for value added over time. At WisdomTree we have been managing equity assets that track our emerging market indices for over ten years. Our family of dividend-based indices can demonstrate a live track record of how structured, disciplined and rules-based strategies tied to smart index construction have added value over traditional market cap-weighted indices.

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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. 

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