January 2017 Analysis

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Corporate Financing Analysis - Hedge Fund Returns To Continue Being Outpaced By Equities - 30 JAN 2017

After several years of close scrutiny from both regulators and investors, US hedge fund managers have been working hard to win back the hand that feeds them. And thanks to a positive turnaround in the industry's returns over 2016. We note that alternative investors have been getting back into bed with the 'hedgies' once more. We caution, however, that despite the industry's returns being impres...

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Corporate Financing Analysis - France Injects Further Privatisation Momentum - 23 JAN 2017

With its unwanted status as being one of the few European Union (EU) member states whose primary fiscal balance (which excludes debt servicing costs) remains in deficit, France needs to do something about it, and injecting renewed energy into a privatisation strategy is one quick way in which the state can raise funds to plug holes in its balance sheet.

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Corporate Financing Analysis - Hong Kong To Retain IPO Crown In 2017 - 16 JAN 2017

After pipping its rivals to top spot in the global IPO bourse rankings for the second consecutive year in 2016, we are predicting the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) to come out on top again in 2017 and attract more first-time share sales than rival bourses such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in the US, and Shanghai on the Chinese Mainland over the course of the year. Thanks to a strengt...

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Corporate Financing Analysis - Flying Equities No Real Boost To UK IPO Market In H117 - 09 JAN 2017

The 'wait and see' approach adopted by potential equity issuers in the UK market for first time share sales across 2016 will likely continue over the coming quarters as the climate of political uncertainty in the UK becomes further entrenched. As a result, we do not expect to see any significant uptick in floatation activity in the UK anytime soon, with 2017 issuance levels likely to be almost...

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