Nicolas Rabener is the managing director of FactorResearch, which provides quantitative solutions for factor investing. Previously he founded Jackdaw Capital, a quantitative investment manager focused on equity market neutral strategies. Previously, Rabener worked at GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation) focused on real estate across asset classes. He started his career working for Citigroup in investment banking in London and New York. Rabener holds an MS in management from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, is a CAIA charter holder, and enjoys endurance sports (100km Ultramarathon, Mont Blanc, Mount Kilimanjaro).
The recent sell-off in technology, especially among FAANG stocks, led to renewed comparisons of the tech sector today to that of the dot-com bubble era. But that might be a stretch, says Nicolas Rabener.
Prestige Funds has brought to market a fund that uses a variety of managers to invest in private debt and high-yield credit. The Multi Finance Opportunities fund aims to deliver an annual return of 5% to 7%. Investment Week (UK) (14 Feb.)
The UK House of Commons has voted 303-258 against a measure to endorse Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, which aims to gain concessions from the EU on how the border with Ireland is handled after the UK leaves the EU. Jeremy Corbyn, who leads the opposition Labour Party, says May should "admit that her strategy has failed" and return to Parliament with a "coherent plan." Politico (14 Feb.)
Factors such as Brexit uncertainty, a weak economic outlook and a dovish stance by the Bank of England will put a brake on the pace of interest-rate increases this year, economists say in a Bloomberg survey. The economists predict rates will rise to 1% in the fourth quarter from 0.75%, rather than a previous forecast of before Q3. BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (15 Feb.)
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