News in brief w/c 22 October

Natixis Asset Management has announced its partnership with the University of Cambridge’s programme for sustainability leadership, to promote more responsible investments by financial firms in Europe and internationally. The partnership will cover research collaboration involving nine publications over the next three years analysing sustainable development issues, such as climate change, biodiversity and human rights, and their effect on business models. Academics and investment professionals will work together to improve the way sustainability is factored into asset allocation and stocktaking.

Baring Asset Management (Barings) has launched the Baring Emerging Markets Corporate Debt Fund. The Fund invests at least 70 per cent of its total assets in debt securities across emerging markets and invests in investment and non-investment grade debt instruments. The manager favours countries with strong growth and domestic demand, such as India’s domestic dynamics and low export dependence, while in Brazil debt issued by companies in the consumer sector have exposure to a fast-growing middle class. The Middle East has performed best over the last year.

Eloqua, the marketing system, has announced the release of Eloqua Asset Management, a solution that enables mutual fund wholesalers, institutional asset managers and marketers within the financial services sector to strengthen relationships while reducing marketing costs with a unique set of features and functions. Best practice templates, workflows and a structured content approach can be used to send highly personalised communications to advisors. It helps financial services comply with SEC regulations with tools and infrastructure for security.

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