Finance

This section contains ‘finance’ articles across the years, from issues dealt with by companies to more esoteric asset management tools. For more information on my financial background look at ‘Financial’ on the top menu.

Europe’s Pension Consultants: Filling the M&A gap

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The high margins available from corporate activities appear to be a thing of the past, but Gerry O’Kane finds consultants benefiting instead from the increasing complexity of the pensions landscape (from IPE 01 Mar 2013) In the words of one industry insider, there was a time when partners would drop everything to run off...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry O’Kane The world of currency strategy has recently had to welcome a new set of players – those offering greater certainty in pricing performance with their transaction cost analysis (TCA)...

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China CleanTech Index under-performs peers in June

The China CleanTech Index has reported an 8.1 per cent loss in June, a worse performance than all its benchmarks and it was down 10.8 per cent for the year. Only days after Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported  that China was driving global growth in the clean energy sector with a 92 per cent...

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China’s solar industry: a fine state of affairs

2011 was a rough year for China’s solar power manufacturing industry and has been seen to come home to roost in the recent round of 4th quarter result announcements. Gerry O’Kane has been sifting the figures and looking at developments in the solar market to asses their prospects. March saw a flurry of news...

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Active Strategies – currency hedging that delivers smarter risk management

Active Strategies – currency hedging that delivers smarter risk management

Currency Investor, Active currency management is getting a new breath of life. As global economies lurch towards stagnation and the thermometer of equity markets moves erratically, reflecting the hot and cold attitudes of investors, there is a growing realisation that poor currency management can hit a portfolio’s bottom line and badly. Gerry O’Kane canvasses...

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Performance analytics – helping to bring transparency to the FX pricing process

Currency Investor For years, many professional currency practitioners have seen trustees’ and investment managers’ eyes glaze over when asked two questions: how much they paid for the currency management component of their securities trading and how transparent the cost was to them. The same people would probably have completely dozed off had practitioners asked...

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China CleanTech Index dropped 48 percent in 2011

China CleanTech Index dropped 48 percent in 2011

CleanBiz.Asia, January 17, 2011 By: Gerry O’Kane While recent share news saw some of China’s solar companies making gains in recent days, the China CleanTech Index lost 48 percent of its value during 2011. The terrible performance was reflected in monthly December loss of 9.4 percent, compared with a 0.2 percent loss for the...

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Cleantech IPOs sweat but private equity could come up trumps

Cleantech IPOs sweat but private equity could come up trumps

Follow the Money December 13th, 2011 Gerry O’Kane The cleantech business must be worrying what the news of Haitong Securities pulling its USD1.7 billion Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) on the grounds of poor market conditions, will do to their prospects.Guodian Technology and Environment Group, a maker of wind equipment, will price its...

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Trading carbon emissions hits stormy water

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia, Gerry O’Kane China is looking at ways to bring in a system of absolute carbon dioxide caps and considering its own voluntary carbon trading program. There has been speculation for some time now that China would implement such a scheme and last week Reuters reported the director general of the...

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Middle East: regional E-forex perspective

Gerry O’Kane looks at growth in e-FX throughout the Middle Eastern markets and how resistance to electronic systems is changing rapidly in the fast shifting economic and socio political geography of the region. Only five years ago there was an acceptance in most of the international banking community with operations in the Middle East,...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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