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Fitch Requires Rating Actions on six Petercam Funds

(The following statement was released by the rating agency) PARIS/LONDON, December 14 (Fitch) Fitch Ratings has affirmed the “Robust” Fund Quality ratings of 5 funds managed by Petercam Institutional Asset Management (Petercam IAM) and placed yet another under evaluation. The list of rating actions is as follows: Petercam Equities Euroland (PEE1): affirmed at “Robust” Petercam Equities Europe (PEE2) affirmed at “Robust” Petercam Equities Europe Sustainable (PEES) affirmed at “Powerful” Petercam Securities True Estate Europe (PSRE) affirmed at “Strong” Petercam Equities World Sustainable (PEWS) “Sturdy” rating placed Below Review Petercam L Bonds Government Sustainable (PBGS) affirmed at “Robust” Fitch has placed the “Powerful” rating of PEWS “Under Overview” following the departure of Bart Baetens, the lead Portfolio Manager (PM) of the fund considering that 2008. A. Roose, who was a member of the worldwide equity group, will take more than as lead PM, with D.Dury, PM at Degroof, joining as co-manager. Fitch views Mr. Baetens as a important element of the fund’s investment method. The agency expects to resolve the “Under Review” status of the fund in the next six months. Fitch will closely monitor the fund throughout this period to decide if the capacity of the fund to accomplish its objectives and outperform peers is structurally modified. The ‘Strong’ rating reflects the funds’ active, extended-term investment approach, which is primarily primarily based on bottom-up fundamentals choice, and also incorporates leading-down thematic views and the SRI-ESG criteria for the relevant funds. All round, the funds advantage from strong, broadly steady, staffing and IT sources. The merger among DeGroof Fund Management and Petercam IAM creates some uncertainties, but need to have no rating impact, as the limited overlaps in between the two companies’ item variety and methods are anticipated to leave the present investment teams and processes of the funds unaffected. Essential RATING DRIVERS Fund Presentation PEE1, PEE2, PEES, PSRE and PEWS are UCITS IV-compliant Belgium SICAV. PBGS is UCITS IV-compliant Luxemburg SICAV. PEE1, PEE2, PEES, PSRE invest in European equity. Particularly, PEES invests according to their socially accountable investment (SRI) or environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. PSRE invests in European real estate equities. PBGS and PEWS also comply with a sustainable strategy, investing in sovereign bonds from OECD countries and international equities (with an emerging market place bias), respectively. Investment Procedure Petercam European equity funds (PEE1, PEE2, PEES, and PSRE) stick to an active, long-term investment approach, mainly based on bottom-up fundamental stock-picking and which also incorporates leading-down thematic views. The funds are fully invested, and have a quality growth, mid-cap bias. In Fitch’s view, the 4 European equity fund’s investment edge originates from its focus on beneath-researched, quality modest to mid-cap businesses. Portfolio building is not constrained by the funds’ benchmarks, even though risk recommendations limit deviation from the benchmark. PEES’s eligible universe of about 250 stocks is derived from a filtering process making use of third-party and proprietary SRI-ESG scoring elements, which the fund sees as determinants of sustainable growth. PSRE is managed against a customised benchmark, the Petercam European Property Shares (PEPS) index. PEWS invests in 50 equally weighted big-cap global businesses that it views as possible market place leaders and comply with Petercam’s sustainability criteria. Geographical allocation is based on the Oxford Economics’ 2025 GDP forecasts and focuses on companies’ sales location rather than on their domicile. The fund has an EM, top quality development bias and is exposed to the monetary sector. PGSB’s investment method is based on a quantitative evaluation employing over 50 criteria that rank OECD nations by sustainability metrics. The leading 50% of nations by ranking are eligible for investment. The PMs aim to weight their allocation towards countries with the highest SRI rankings. The fund is completely invested, with a bias towards ‘AAA’/’AA’ rated eurozone government bonds. Sources Investment decisions are taken collectively by the two (or 3) PMs of the funds. A dedicated equity analyst team of nine, specialised by sector, conduct equity research on European stocks. For real estate stocks, global equity stocks and sovereign, PMs conduct their own analysis. An independent investment threat group of four oversees and challenges the PMs’ decisions, producing full use of third-celebration danger analytics. Funds managed below a sustainable method advantage from the assistance of an advisory board and a dedicated SRI coordinator. Petercam IAM has outsourced its middle office and IT functions to Lombard Odier given that 2012. Track Record PEE1 has performed strongly in 2015, attaining a best quintile functionality, outperforming each peers and the index. PPE2 has also outperformed, generating a second quintile efficiency. Even so, both funds performed poorly in 2014 due to their underweight positions to massive capitalisation stocks and utilities, combined with poor stock-picking. More than a five year period, PEE1 has achieved a leading quintile overall performance. PEES’s overall performance has lagged the index and (broad) peers more than one, 3 and 5 years to November 2015. As a consequence its Lipper Leader scores for constant return (for Belgium) were 1 more than a three-, five- and 10 year-period to November 2015. Nevertheless, its six-month rolling Jensen’s alpha (a measure of risk-adjusted functionality) has been improving because August 2014, returning to positive territory in 4Q15 for the first time because Could 2013. PSRE has delivered first quintile overall performance over 3 and five years to November 2015, outperforming its benchmark net of costs with decrease volatility, thereby meeting its objective. It is probably to underperform peers in markets where UK actual estate performs strongly, provided the benchmark’s and fund’s reduced weighting to the UK compared with peers. PEWS, which has been managed with the existing strategy given that 2008, has been an typical performer in its worldwide equity category. EM and the exclusion of the monetary sector explain most of its performance deviation from the indicative benchmark, MSCI World. PBGS has been an average performer in its category, underperforming given that 2012 the JP Morgan EMU Government Index, which is utilized for reference only, provided the fund’s restricted SRI universe. The fund’s efficiency is explained by its bias towards very rated, prices-sensitive rather than credit-sensitive eurozone government bonds. Fund Manager Petercam IAM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank Degroof Petercam. The merger of Bank Degroof and Petercam completed in October 2015 will be followed by the merger of the two asset management subsidiaries in early 2016. In Fitch’s opinion, the merger amongst Degroof and Petercam should leave core investment processes and front-office employees largely unaffected but could lead to alterations in support and manage functions, operating model and technological platform. Petercam IAM and Degroof had EUR30bn assets below management (AUM) at as at finish-September 2015. The company’s historical concentrate has been in European assets and investors. RATING SENSITIVITIES The rating might be sensitive to material modifications in the investment or operational processes or sources dedicated to the fund. A material adverse deviation from Fitch’s guidelines for any key rating driver could outcome in a downgrade. For example, notable structural deterioration in the fund’s performance or departure of PMs (to which PSRE and PEWS are deemed far more sensitive) or a substantial operational loss due a merger-connected procedure failure, might lead to a downgrade. The PSRE fund could be upgraded to ‘Excellent’ if it meets Fitch’s criteria for a ‘Strong’ track record and if PMs demonstrate stock choosing skills in markets that historically have not been core to Petercam’s knowledge. PEEI might be upgraded if the fund can demonstrate that 2014 was an isolated occasion in an otherwise robust lengthy-term track-record. This would be demonstrated through constant outperformance on a threat-adjusted basis more than five years and much more. Further, continued weak performance of PEES would most likely result in the fund becoming placed ‘Under Review’ or downgraded. Fitch sees little prospective for an upgrade of the other funds, provided the particular nature of these funds and due to the funds’ already high ratings. Contacts: Main Analysts Manuel Arrive, CFA (PSRE, PEWS, PBGS) Senior Director +33 1 44 29 91 77 Fitch France S.A.S. 60 rue de Monceau Paris 75008 Alastair Sewell, CFA (PEES, PEE1, PEE2) Senior Director +44 203 530 1147 Fitch Ratings Limited 30 North Colonnade London E14 5GN Secondary Analysts Manuel Arrive, CFA (PEES, PEE1, PEE2) Senior Director +33 1 44 29 91 77 Alastair Sewell, CFA (PSRE, PEWS, PBGS) Senior Director +44 203 530 1147 Committee Chairman Charlotte Quiniou, CFA Director +33 1 44 29 92 81 Media Relations: Rose Millburn, London, Tel: +44 203 530 1741, E-mail: rose.millburn@fitchratings.com. Further info is accessible on www.fitchratings.com Applicable Criteria Fund Top quality Rating Criteria (pub. 16 Sep 2014) here Further Disclosures Solicitation Status here Endorsement Policy right here ail=31 ALL FITCH CREDIT RATINGS ARE Subject TO Specific LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS. PLEASE Study THESE LIMITATIONS AND DISCLAIMERS BY FOLLOWING THIS Hyperlink: right here. IN ADDITION, RATING DEFINITIONS AND THE TERMS OF USE OF SUCH RATINGS ARE Offered ON THE AGENCY’S PUBLIC Site ‘WWW.FITCHRATINGS.COM’. PUBLISHED RATINGS, CRITERIA AND METHODOLOGIES ARE Obtainable FROM THIS Website AT ALL Times. FITCH’S CODE OF CONDUCT, CONFIDENTIALITY, CONFLICTS OF INTEREST, AFFILIATE FIREWALL, COMPLIANCE AND OTHER RELEVANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARE ALSO Obtainable FROM THE ‘CODE OF CONDUCT’ SECTION OF THIS Internet site. FITCH May possibly HAVE Provided One more PERMISSIBLE SERVICE TO THE RATED ENTITY OR ITS Associated THIRD PARTIES. Specifics OF THIS SERVICE FOR RATINGS FOR WHICH THE LEAD ANALYST IS Primarily based IN AN EU-REGISTERED ENTITY CAN BE Found ON THE ENTITY SUMMARY Web page FOR THIS ISSUER ON THE FITCH Web site.

Delays aid Dubai rents keep flat in 2015 sales costs drop

DUBAI Dec 14 The delayed handover of about 6,000 houses in Dubai has helped rents remain flat so far in 2015 even though residential sales prices have fallen a lot more than 10 percent, sector consultants CBRE stated on Monday.

Dubai’s genuine estate sector has stuttered this year following a rebound close to the peak values of the previous decade as a sturdy regional currency produced getting house much more pricey for foreign investors.

Overall, Dubai apartment and house sales prices on average fell 16 and 14 percent respectively in the first 11 months of 2015, CBRE estimated, forecasting additional declines in sale costs subsequent year.

Apartment rents were flat over the exact same period, although property rents dipped four percent, CBRE mentioned.

“The (rental) market has held up quite effectively but it does not inform the complete story,” mentioned Mat Green, UAE head of research at CBRE Middle East. “We have a really fragmented industry.”

He stated rental values in the city’s a lot more expensive districts such as Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina had fallen even though more affordable, peripheral places have noticed costs rise in 2015.

CBRE had forecast 20,000 units would be handed more than in 2015, but only about 14,000 will be delivered by the end of the year due to late payments by investors, issues in acquiring completion certificates and some developers opting against releasing units. Sales contracts allow for some delays.

“These who have some flexibility in their delivery pipelines will stall their delivery until rental or capital values of those units give much better returns,” said Nicholas Maclean, managing director of CBRE Middle East.

“Delivering they do not have a commitment to deliver these units, it is a sensible way of performing improvement. A essential weakness of some developments in Dubai in the last ten years or so was the lack of phasing in deliveries.”

CBRE estimates Dubai’s residential sector can absorb 20,000 new units each year just before vacancy rates increase.

“You’re seeing a a lot more pronounced influence this year, but there is usually going to be some slippage,” said Green.

He forecast sale rates would decline by about ten % in 2016, even though performances would differ markedly by district.

“Sales are driven by sentiment, outside influences, the currency circumstance, so you’ve a lot of external fundamentals influencing the investment selection, it’s not simple to forecast,” stated Green.

The UAE dirham is pegged to the dollar, which this year is up 9.2 percent versus the euro, six.6 percent against India’s rupee and two.eight % higher against the British pound. (Editing by David Clarke)

Polish management reshuffles heighten policy uncertainty

* Bourse down 24 pct this year, hit lowest considering that mid-2009

* New govt reshuffles state-run companies’ management

* Future of Polish economy uncertain, fund managers say

By Adrian Krajewski and Marcin Goclowski

WARSAW, Dec 14 Poland’s ruling conservatives have ousted a number of leading executives of state-owned businesses since taking energy right after an October election, in what investors be concerned marks the start off of a campaign to seize a lot more manage over the economy.

In a sign of mounting concern amongst fund managers, Warsaw’s blue-chip WIG20 share index hit its lowest level in six years final week, extending losses that followed the shock election of President Andrzej Duda in Might.

That paved the way for his economically left-leaning but nationalist-minded Law and Justice celebration (PiS) to score a landmark election win in October.

Investors are concerned mainly about PiS plans to tax banks and massive retailers to fund social spending, and about signals that PiS wants to rearrange the energy sector to have profitable firms assume the monetary issues of loss-generating coal miners.

PiS has constructed its popularity on a promise of much more economic equality and has stated it wants Polish, not foreign, money to have more control over company.

“When I hear how very good (PiS tells us) Poland is going to be and at the very same time I witness how the economy is obtaining battered, I truly give up. It may be high time to flee the country,” mentioned a Warsaw-based economist at a foreign-owned bank, declining to be quoted by name.

Reuters spoke with ten fund managers, economists and bankers, who have expressed related concerns.

Polish banks, the most most likely targets of PiS policy plans, have shed 28 % of their worth this year, even though power businesses, which with each other with banks make up about half of the WIG20, have lost 35 percent.

In the latest sacking, the supervisory board of Poland’s dominant gas firm PGNiG dismissed the state-run company’s head Mariusz Zawisza on Friday, replacing him with former PiS economy minister Piotr Wozniak as acting CEO.

State-run utilities Enea and Energa also sacked executives final week.

The head of the state-controlled Warsaw bourse has also resigned, as have the head of cargo carrier PKP Cargo and the chief executive of insurer PZU, raising doubts about PZU’s ambitions to build a best five Polish bank.

Polish governments have a tendency to reshuffle top management at state-owned organizations, but PiS has acted much less than a month after taking office.

The country’s biggest lender PKO, Europe’s No.two copper producer KGHM and best refiner PKN are seen subsequent in line for management reshuffles.

“Alterations are some thing that is expected and organic (when government modifications). This industry anxiousness is unfounded,” Poland’s deputy treasury minister Marek Zagorski told Reuters. “The treasury ministry’s function is to calm the scenario and allow the Warsaw bourse’s development.”

ROCKING THE BOAT

There have been few concrete signs the dismissals have affected firm policies, but investors are concerned the new bosses will push the government’s agenda.

“I am afraid they will rock the boat, which will lead to decrease foreign and domestic investments, even though banks will curb lending since of the new tax. In 1 year’s time we will see an financial slowdown,” a bank source stated.

Bankers, fund managers and economists fret about a repeat of Hungary’s scenario, where unpredictable economic policies by Prime Minister Victor Orban’s government, a function model for PiS leaders, are blamed for scaring off investors.

Hungary’s central bank bought a majority stake in the country’s sluggish stock exchange last month, following Europe’s highest bank levies reduce the Budapest bourse’s turnover by 70 % between 2010 and 2014.

“Numerous aspects have appeared simultaneously (in Poland),” a Warsaw-based fund manager mentioned. “Some face management alterations, others element in tax hikes.”

“Positives are difficult to uncover,” the fund manager said. “We can evaluate the effect of the bank asset levy on the lenders’ balance sheets, but the wider influence on the future of Poland’s economy is unpredictable.”

Investors be concerned the government could try to take over some assets of Polish pension funds if it struggles to finance budget spending, successfully eliminating them as relevant market place players.

Poland, Eastern Europe’s greatest economy, has not suffered a recession in 20 years. This and around $ 11-billion worth of privatisations implemented since the 1989 fall of communism have made its bourse central Europe’s biggest.

Nonetheless, the valuation of recently privatised firms are likely to come under scrutiny soon after the Supreme Audit Workplace stated final week that the state treasury had sold several companies also cheap, which includes chemical group Ciech.

Retailers also face a new levy next year although the new bank tax bill, currently in parliament, could cost the financial sector up to 7 billion zlotys ($ 1.8 bln) next year.

The strategy mirrors taxes imposed on Hungarian banks in 2010 by Prime Minister Orban. Last month, Hungary proposed capping the tax by far more than half the present level, fearing that weak corporate lending may possibly jeopardise economic recovery.

Poland’s central bank governor Marek Belka warned on Friday that the simultaneous introduction of the bank tax and the government’s plan to force banks to shoulder significantly of the burden of converting Swiss franc-denominated mortgages would result in a “serious crisis” for some banks.

Industry sources said uncertainty relating to the banking sector has delayed ongoing sales of nearby units by Raiffeisen and Basic Electric .

Foreign banks have been retreating from Poland in the past few years due to falling margins, a trend highlighted by Deutsche Bank’s Polish arm last week when it raised mortgage loan prices.

“The decision … was caused by the bank’s approach … as effectively as the necessity to adjust to the challenges facing Deutsche Bank and the entire sector,” Leszek Niemycki, Deutsche Bank Polska’s deputy chief, said. ($ 1 = three.9693 zlotys)

(Editing by Susan Fenton)

Worldwide MARKETS-Investor nerves tested with yuan, oil, Fed in play

LONDON Volatility swept via globe markets on Monday with China’s yuan hitting a fresh multi-year year low and oil’s continued travails adding to nervousness prior to an expected hike in U.S. interest prices later this week.

Asian stocks traded in the red but European stocks showed much more signs of life, recovering from their worst week in nearly 4 months to open this week on a optimistic note.

Emerging markets struggled for direction, weighed down by the weakness in China’s currency, Asian stocks and oil, but buffeted by a surge in South African markets right after Pravin Gordhan was re-appointed finance minister.

In early trading on Monday, the FTSE EuroFirst index of top 300 shares .FTEU3 was up .6 percent at 1,406 points. That followed final week’s three.eight percent fall, the second greatest weekly fall this year.

Britain’s FTSE one hundred .FTSE was up .6 percent and Germany’s DAX .GDAXI was up .4 %, in stark contrast to Asia, where MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS hit a two-1/two-month low and was final down .8 percent and Japan’s Nikkei .N225 fell 1.8 %.

The People’s Bank of China on Monday continued guiding its currency decrease, setting the yuan/dollar official midpoint at its weakest because July 2011.

Beijing’s introduction of a yuan price index against a basket of peers, noticed as a move traders stated would depeg the renminbi from the greenback more than time, additional weighed on the yuan.

Oil prices continued their freefall following the International Power Agency (IEA) warned that global oversupply could worsen next year. Brent crude LCOc1 fell below $ 38 a barrel for the initial time in seven years on Friday and was final down 1.6 percent at $ 37.30, within a few cents of Friday’s low.

The scattergun nature of worldwide markets comes as the U.S. Federal Reserve is probably to raise interest prices for the very first time in virtually a decade later this week.

“Nerves are fraying ahead of the Fed’s anticipated decision to lift U.S. rates on Wednesday. And this might just be a foretaste of what’s to come if the market place does not like what the Fed has to say on Wednesday,” stated Steve Barrow, head of G10 method at Normal Bank in London.

On Friday, the Dow .DJI sank 1.8 percent and the S&P 500 .SPX lost 1.9 percent. Each indices are in the red year-to-date, on track for their 1st annual decline since 2008.

RETALIATION IN 1st

Talk of so-called “currency wars” picked up again following China’s decision to loosen its grip on the yuan and allow slow but steady depreciation in recent weeks added to issues that the economy may be far more fragile than expected.

China late on Friday launched a new trade-weighted yuan exchange rate index. Beijing mentioned it was intended to discourage investors from exclusively tracking the yuan’s fluctuations against the greenback.

Information on Saturday painted a slightly brighter economic image, nevertheless. Factory output development accelerated to a 5-month high, while retail sales rose at an annual 11.two percent pace, the strongest this year.

Spot yuan CNY=CFXS fell to as low as six.4665 to the dollar, its lowest because mid-2011, taking its losses far this year to about 4 percent. Volatile Shanghai stocks .SSEC ended Monday two.five percent greater, the most significant rise considering that Nov. four.

“We seem to find ourselves edging towards the subsequent, most worrying phase of FX Wars … to a synchronized try by all major economies to maintain their currencies from appreciating, or to guide them decrease,” Rabobank analysts stated on Monday.

“Logically, that cannot be accomplished for all of them, and if China manages to succeed in its objectives, it will mean other individuals are failing to do so, potentially forcing other central banks to retaliate,” they said.

South Africa’s rand had been 1 of the greatest movers down in current months, in portion due to investor issues more than the country’s political turmoil, especially the instability surrounding the position of finance minister.

The rand rallied 5 percent on Monday, its largest rise in seven years, soon after the extensively-respected Gordhan was reappointed.

Elsewhere in currencies, the U.S. dollar rose against significant currencies, recovering some of final week’s lost ground. The euro was down a third of one particular percent at $ 1.0950 EUR= and the dollar was up a third of one % against the yen at 121.20 yen JPY=.

The greenback’s rise was supported by a move up in U.S. Treasury bond yields. The ten-year yield was up 3 basis points at 2.17 % US10YT=RR and the 2-year yield was up two basis points at .915 % US2YT=RR.

A U.S. price hike would be a very first step towards normalising monetary circumstances following an extended period of loose policy, which had helped shore up riskier assets.

(Reporting by Jamie McGeever Editing by Tom Heneghan To study Reuters Global Investing Blog click right here for the MacroScope Blog click on blogs.reuters.com/macroscope for Hedge Fund Weblog Hub click on blogs.reuters.com/hedgehub)

Morning News Call – India, December 14

To access the newsletter, click on the link: here Aspects TO WATCH 11:00 am: Winter session of parliament continues. 12:00 pm: Government to release November wholesale value inflation information. five:30 pm: Government to release November consumer value inflation information. five:30 pm: India to auction unutilised foreign investment limits in government bonds. GMF ASIA - COMMODITIES Focus with Clyde Russell, Thomson Reuters Asia Commodities and Power Columnist. With over-provide continuing to plague most commodities, how do we anticipate this asset class to carry out subsequent year? Clyde will join us 9.30 am IST to share his outlook for commodities in 2016. To join the conversation click on the link here INDIA Leading NEWS  India's industrial output growth hits five-year higher India's industrial output grew at its fastest pace in 5 years in October, powered by manufacturing, bringing some cheer to investors fretting about a gridlock in parliament that has stalled important reforms.  Turkmenistan begins work on gas link to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India Turkmenistan on Sunday started perform on its component of a all-natural gas pipeline to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, a $  10 billion project developed to minimize its dependence on gas sales to Russia and China.  India to get Japan's bullet train, deepens defence and nuclear ties Japan will offer $  12 billion of soft loans to build India's very first bullet train, the two nations announced during a go to by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that also yielded deeper defence ties and a program for civil nuclear cooperation.  India slaps import duties on stainless steel to support regional firms India imposed import duties for 5 years on some stainless steel imports from China, the European Union and the United States on Friday, as the government tries to protect neighborhood companies suffering from what it says is unfair competitors.  India's RBI says hunting at bank powers to tackle stressed assets The Reserve Bank of India stated on Friday it would look at the way banks use measures intended to support them tackle a crippling bad-debt burden, as concern grows that lenders are making use of the tools to camouflage troubled loans as an alternative.  Coca-Cola India says might have to shut factories if new sin tax passed The Indian subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co said on Friday it could have to close some bottling plants if the government pushes by means of a proposal that would topic fizzy drinks to a 40 % "sin" tax, as component of a broader fiscal overhaul.  Mahindra close to obtain of Italian auto designer Pininfarina - sources Mahindra & Mahindra is close to signing a deal to purchase Italian auto designer Pininfarina, two sources with direct understanding of the matter mentioned on Friday, the most recent buy of an iconic Italian brand by an Asian company.  Indian metals trader expands reach in spite of downturn As a global rout in commodities drives metals traders to close up shop or lay off employees, Indian-owned industrial metals firm UD Group is setting out expansion plans, boosting employees and moving into a lot more nations. Global Top NEWS  China economy shows signs of steadying, a lot more policy assistance needed China's activity data was stronger than anticipated in November, with factory output development choosing up to a 5-month higher, signalling that a flurry of stimulus measures from Beijing could have put a floor below a fragile economy.  For China, climate deal is imperfect but massive step forward For China, the world's most significant greenhouse gas emitter, the international climate accord reached in Paris marked a enormous step toward greener development that safeguards its sovereignty although falling brief on funding for cleaner energy.  Brazilians take to streets to demand Rousseff's impeachment Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Sunday to demand President Dilma Rousseff's ouster, but the first nationwide protests given that formal impeachment proceedings began had been smaller than comparable events earlier this year. Nearby MARKETS OUTLOOK (As reported by NewsRise)  The SGX Nifty Futures have been trading at 7,586.50, down .91 % from its previous close.  The Indian rupee may edge reduce against the dollar nowadays, tracking a probably weakness across neighborhood and regional share indices. Broad gains in the U.S. currency amid expectations the Federal Reserve would raise interest prices this week could also weigh on the domestic unit.  Indian government bonds are most likely to rise in early trade, as crude oil prices declined additional, easing issues about inflationary pressures. The gains could, even so, be capped as a jump in the nation's industrial production might delay future interest rate cuts by the central bank. The yield on the benchmark 7.72 % bond maturing in 2025 is likely to trade in a 7.75 percent-7.80 % range. International MARKETS  U.S. stocks closed sharply decrease on Friday, with the S&P 500 ending its worst week since August, as plunging crude oil rates compounded investor nervousness on expectations for the 1st U.S. interest rate hike in almost a decade.  Asian stocks fell, China's yuan hit fresh four-1/two year lows as plunging oil prices added to investors' nervousness about riskier assets ahead of an anticipated U.S. rate rise by the Federal Reserve later in the week.  The dollar, euro and yen got off to a sedate start following a fairly uneventful weekend, but encouraging Chinese data place a small spring in the Aussie's step.  Yields on lengthy-dated U.S. Treasury debt declined to multiweek lows on Friday, as an extended drop in oil prices and weak stock markets spurred investors to seek the relative security of government bonds.  Crude oil futures slipped in early Asian trade, adding to a slump on Friday following a forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that the global glut of oil is probably to deepen next year.  Gold started off a critical week on the back foot, as the Federal Reserve is expected to raise U.S. interest prices for the 1st time in practically a decade. MARKETS CLOSE FII INVESTMENTS EQUITIES DEBT PNDF spot 67.13/67.16 December 11 -- -$  43.47 mln 10-yr bond yield 7.77 pct Month-to-date -$  821.31 mln -$  99.79 mln Year-to-date $  2.79 bln $  9.39 bln For further data: India govt bond market place volumes Stock marketplace reports Non-deliverable forwards data Corporate debt stories [IN CORPD] Local market place closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT] Monthly inflows [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN] ($  1 = 66.71 Indian rupees) (Reporting by Samarendra Sahoo in Bengaluru)

UPDATE 3-Third Avenue parts with CEO soon after collapse of junk bond fund -WSJ

The collapse of Third Avenue’s Focused Credit Fund jolted Wall Street and renewed worries about the difficulty of trading securities on the U.S. bond marketplace. New York-primarily based Third Avenue is a relatively modest investment manager with fund assets that totaled $ ten billion at the beginning of the year.

A security guard at Third Avenue’s headquarters said on Sunday that Barse had been let go and was not allowed back in the creating, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A Third Avenue representative declined to comment. Barse did not respond to calls. His function e mail bounced back with the message “undeliverable”.

Third Avenue’s Focused Credit Fund was overwhelmed with heavy losses and surging investor net withdrawals, forcing Barse to abruptly liquidate the fund and block redemptions.

The redemptions and losses more than the previous year cut the size of the Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund to $ 789 million from almost $ three billion. Run by Tom Lapointe, the fund bet on distressed situations, such as the bankruptcy-related claims of Lehman Brothers. In a letter to investors last year, Lapointe, who could not immediately be reached for comment, stated distressed assets in his portfolio had been not necessarily illiquid or hard to trade.

The fund’s collapse is a blow to the reputation of Third Avenue Founder Marty Whitman, regarded the dean of American vulture investing. He hired Barse in 1991 to oversee the firm’s operations so he could spend much more time pursuing his own investment techniques.

Whitman could not be reached for comment.

The blow-up of the Focused Credit Fund was the most significant mutual fund failure considering that the economic crisis. The fund’s collapse shows the dangers of loading up on risky assets that are tough to trade even in excellent instances.

Just before Barse, 53, joined Third Avenue, he worked as a bankruptcy attorney defending the rights of creditors. He had been CEO of Third Avenue because 2003.

Whitman was a leader in a strategy that includes bets on the outcomes of businesses going via bankruptcy and other distressed conditions. The 91-year-old’s book titled “Distress Investing” distills decades of understanding about the ins and outs of bankruptcy restructuring.

In 2002, Affiliated Managers Group Inc purchased a majority equity stake in Third Avenue, with the remaining portion held by a broad group of workers that incorporated Whitman and Barse. Third Avenue, nonetheless, continued to operate autonomously from AMG, which holds stakes in a quantity of boutique asset management firms. AMG could not quickly be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Sam Forgione, Tim McLaughlin and Ross Kerber editing by Grant McCool)

Greece anticipated to push by means of remaining reforms on Tue-euro zone

BRUSSELS Greece has accomplished far more than half of the reforms agreed with euro zone creditors to get the subsequent, 1 billion-euro tranche of bailout loans and is to legislate the remaining methods on Tuesday, a senior euro zone official mentioned on Sunday.

Euro zone creditors have produced the payout of the next tranche of loans to Athens conditional on Greece adopting a set of 13 reforms and progress was discussed at a meeting of euro zone deputy finance ministers on Friday.

The reforms contain privatization as nicely as tax and structural measures, financial-sector and bad-loan reforms and changes to public administration.

“Seven out of the 13 are completed now,” said the official, who is familiar with the discussions of the deputy ministers on Friday but who spoke on situation of anonymity.

“All the rest and every thing else related is due to be adopted in the Greek parliament on Tuesday night. A compliance report by the institutions representing the creditors is to stick to on Wednesday,” the official mentioned.

After the report, euro zone deputy finance ministers, who also type the board of the euro zone bailout fund, are to hold a teleconferences at the end of the week to give a green light for the disbursement of the tranche, the official stated.

(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Year’s greatest fund focuses on shorting “poorly made” ETFs

NEW YORK In a year that is shaping up to be the worst for hedge funds considering that at least 2011, one particular small-known lengthy-short mutual fund manager is beating some of Wall Street’s most significant names at their personal game.

David Miller, 35, is undertaking so largely by utilizing possibilities to short leveraged exchange traded funds which are ETFs that offer two or 3 instances the every day positive or negative return of an index and which have become increasingly well-known among hedge funds and other traders as the broad U.S. marketplace has flatlined. Leveraged ETFs have observed inflows of $ 9.five billion this year, according to Lipper information.

In what might be a cautionary tale for investors who have been drawn to leveraged funds, Miller’s $ 155.six million Catalyst Macro Technique fund, has posted returns of practically 47 % over the last year by focusing on their flaws. That functionality makes Miller’s fund the best performer among all actively-managed equity funds tracked by Morningstar this year, and practically 20 percentage points higher than the next-ideal performing fund.

The average hedge fund, by comparison, gained 1.1 % more than the identical time, the lowest return because the average loss of 5.4 percent in 2011, according to BarclayHedge.

At the heart of Miller’s technique is a bet against what he calls “structurally flawed” ETFs. He has a list of roughly 100 such ETFs, nearly all of them leveraged, that he utilizes as the basis for his trades.

Miller’s base case is that most leveraged ETFs are poorly made since the nature of compounding wipes out their gains over time.

An investor who puts $ one hundred into a two-instances leveraged fund realizes a gain of 20 % if the index it tracks goes up ten percent in 1 day. However if the exact same index goes down 9.1 % the next day to fall back to its beginning point, the same investor who had $ 120 will comprehend a loss of 18.2 % – or $ 21.84 – and be left with just $ 98.16.

Miller uses options to hedge his holdings, focusing on producing bets that an ETF will have choppy trading rather than sprinting off in any path, a approach that he says limits his losses.

For example, he has a net quick position on both an ETF that provides a triple good return of an index of Russian stocks and one that offers a triple adverse return of the same index based on the notion that Russian stocks have a tendency to be volatile.

Indeed, each funds are down this year considerably, while their underlying index, the Marketplace Vectors Russia ETF index, is up 22 %. The bullish fund down 27.6 percent even though the bearish fund is down 66.9 percent.

To be confident, the strategy is not foolproof and carries dangers of its personal, including high trading expenses incurred from frequent options trading and the threat that a leveraged ETF goes on a prolonged run beyond Miller’s strike price tag, leaving him on the hook for theoretically limitless losses.

At the same time, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission proposed a rule on Friday that would force ETFs to limit their derivatives exposure, potentially forcing most leveraged ETFs to shut down [L1N1401IW]. In that case, Miller said he would be forced to pivot his possibilities technique to focusing on “inconsistencies” in the futures marketplace for commodities.

So far, Miller has been able to hedge away most of his losses. He has a net short position on the ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF, a fund that returns two times the everyday performance of the S&P VIX Quick-Term Futures index.

The fund shot up much more than 11 percent on December 9 of this year. However Miller is prepared to appear previous such every day losses and focus on the lengthy-term tendency of leveraged ETFs to “decay,” he mentioned. The same fund he has a net brief position on, for instance, has a 78 % decline for the year to date.

Fund experts say that Miller’s approach of employing choices to quick leveraged ETFs is unique, but does not have a long enough track record to be judged as something a lot more than a fluke.

“This is quite uncommon to locate any fund that is using this as part of their approach,” said Todd Rosenbluth, director of mutual fund research at S&P Capital IQ.

At the identical time, Miller’s quick track record is its personal danger, he stated. His method “has worked out excellently this year for this fund, but it really is still only 1 year of performance,” he added.

Miller, meanwhile, says that he has such a lengthy list of what he calls poorly thought-out ETFs that he feels no want to hope that the fund market keeps introducing a lot more of them.

“There are so several terribly developed products out there already,” he says.

(Reporting by David Randall, with extra reporting by Saquib Ahmned editing by Linda Stern)

New York attorney general solicits assist from the public in broadband probe

WASHINGTON New York Lawyer General Eric Schneiderman invited the public on Sunday to test the speed of their World wide web and submit the outcomes on the internet as element of an ongoing probe into no matter whether large providers may possibly be short-altering clients with slower-than-advertised speeds.

The workplace launched an investigation into Verizon Communications Inc, Cablevision Systems Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc in October more than the situation.

Schneiderman’s workplace sent the 3 companies letters asking for a assortment of data, like copies of any tests they have accomplished on Web speeds and copies of the disclosures they have produced to their consumers.

On Sunday, Schneiderman said he wanted feedback from the public to help with the investigation.

He announced his workplace has produced a new on-line broadband test on a site known as Internethealthtest.org that will capture a customer’s “throughput” – or the speed at which buyers in fact access Net content.

Right after the test is completed, he said he wants buyers to submit a screenshot of the results and fill out an on the internet form.

“New Yorkers should get the Net speeds they pay for. Too a lot of of us might be paying for a single thing, and getting an additional,” Schneiderman stated in a statement.

The ongoing investigation is especially focused on so-called interconnection arrangements, or contractual deals that World wide web service providers strike with other networks for the mutual exchange of information.

In the October letters, Schneiderman’s workplace said it was concerned that customers paying a premium for greater speeds may be experiencing a disruption in their service due to technical troubles and enterprise disputes more than interconnection agreements.

All 3 companies have previously stated they are confident in their Net speeds and will perform with the attorney general’s workplace to offer the data requested and help in the investigation.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch Editing by Alan Crosby)

UPDATE 1-Box Office: ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Flops With $11 Million Debut

LOS ANGELES (Selection.com) – Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea” sunk at the box workplace, mustering up a measly $ 11 million after debuting in three,103 theaters.

It really is a painful flop for the director behind “A Beautiful Thoughts” and “Apollo 13.”

1 of the worst of his Oscar-winning profession. With an $ 100 million production budget, the film will likely result in a steep write down for Warner Bros., the studio behind the seafaring epic.

“In the Heart of the Sea’s” failure is the most current in a long string of missteps and disasters for the company, which is reeling from a litany of disasters that contains “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Jupiter Ascending,” and “Pan.”

The studio did catch a break more than Thanksgiving when “Creed” emerged as a sleeper hit and its monetary exposure is softened on “In the Heart of the Sea” because Village Roadshow was a economic companion.

“We stand behind Ron and his vision for the story,” mentioned Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “We believe in him. He’s a terrific filmmaker. But some films function and unfortunately some motion pictures do not.”

“In the Heart of the Sea” reunites Howard with Chris Hemsworth. The pair previously collaborated on the racing drama “Rush.” It centers on the Essex, a whaling vessel that had a violent encounter with a sperm whale. The nautical disaster inspired Herman Melville’s”Moby Dick.” Outside of the “Thor” films, Hemsworth has struggled to establish himself as a box workplace draw — “Rush” and this year’s cyber thriller “Blackhat” both fizzled.

The film is the latest adult oriented drama to collapse at the box office, joining a list that consists of “Steve Jobs,” “Our Brand is Crisis,” and “Burnt.” The opening weekend audience for “In the Heart of the Sea” skewed older. Ticket purchasers have been 54% male and 68% over the age of 35. 3D screenings accounted for 42% of receipts.

Warner Bros. hopes it can make up some ground over the holidays, noting that the B+ CinemaScore indicates word-of-mouth will be solid.

“The adult audience has been slow to come out and that’s frustrating since this is a story nicely told,” stated Goldstein.

Of course, the entire weekend was a throat clearing of sorts as the movie organization braces for the debut of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” next week. The return to a galaxy far, far away is on pace to shatter records for a December opening and could threaten “Jurassic World’s” debut of $ 208.eight million to become the greatest launch in history.

With “In the Heart of the Sea” flailing, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Component 2” captured first location for the fourth straight weekend with $ 11.3 million. The science-fiction franchise capper has earned $ 244.five million domestically.

Amongst holdovers, “The Excellent Dinosaur” nabbed second place with $ 10.five million, bringing its domestic total to $ 89.7 million. “Creed” captured fourth position with $ 10.1 million. The boxing drama has earned $ 79.3 million after 3 weeks of release.

“Krampus” dropped 58% in its second weekend of release to round out the prime 5 with $ 8 million. The Christmas-themed horror film has earned $ 28.1 million stateside.