Wednesday people roundup

first_imgHymans Robertson – Stephen Makin has been appointed a senior risk consultant in the Enterprise Risk Management practice. He joins from Prudential, where he was head of longevity research. He also ran his own consultancy business, with a focus on the quantitative aspects of Solvency II preparations.AMP Capital – Kate Campbell has been appointed institutional director for Europe. She joins from JP Morgan, where she was executive director of capital introduction in the prime brokerage region. She has also held positions at Deutsche Bank, Equity Capital Markets and Goldman Sachs.LCP – Suzanne Taylor has been appointed as a senior consultant in the pensions administration team. She has more than 14 years’ experience in pensions administration and operational change management, most recently with Aon Hewitt.Affiliated Managers Group – Niall Ferguson has been appointed to the board of directors. Ferguson is Laurence A Tisch professor of history at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. State Street Global Advisors, Babson Capital, BlackRock, Hymans Robertson, AMP Capital, LCP, Affiliated Managers GroupState Street Global Advisors – Joe Riddaway has been appointed UK senior consultant relations manager. He joins from Mercer Investments, where he was head of UK client service for its fiduciary management business. He has also worked at JLT Actuaries, Consultants and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jasper Bugter has been appointed as senior relationship manager for the institutional business in the Benelux team. He joins from Generali Investments Europe, where he was head of institutional sales for the Benelux region. Before then, he worked at Robeco, Aegon and ABN AMRO Bank. Michele Marchese has been appointed senior sales manager for SSgA’s institutional business in Italy. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse in the asset management division, where he was responsible for developing its institutional business in the country.Babson Capital – The asset manager has added 12 new investment professionals to its emerging market investment team, completing an expansion that began in the autumn of 2013. Last October, the firm hired Ricardo Adrogue and Brigitte Posch to spearhead its new emerging market debt team under the leadership of Russ Morrison, managing director and head of global fixed income. Babson recently launched two emerging market debt funds in Europe, and plans to expand its offerings over the near term.BlackRock – Pablo Goldberg has been appointed managing director, portfolio manager and senior strategist within the emerging market fixed income business. He joins from HSBC, where, since 2010, he was managing director and global head of emerging market research. Before then, he was global head of emerging market debt strategy and chief economist for Latin America at Merrill Lynch.last_img read more

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COVID-19 boosts digital agenda across asset managers, reveals gaps

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic is putting pressure on asset managers to accelerate digital growth throughout their businesses, a consultancy has said on the basis of a survey.Alpha FMC, an asset and wealth management consultancy, surveyed 40 of the largest global asset managers. It found that 79% now considered digital a top or high priority area, compared with 64% in last year’s survey.More than half (55%) predicted their firms’ digital spending would increase over the next year. Sales enablement activity was the second-ranked area of expenditure on digital for asset managers across the board and the top priority digital spend for institutional firms.The consultancy also said the coronavirus pandemic had effectively stress-tested the digital estate of many firms, highlighting that some might not be as far along their transformation journey as they previously thought. The majority of firms (68%) described themselves as ‘getting organised’ on digitisation, a 20% increase on 2019.According to the survey, less than a quarter of managers thought their existing digital capabilities met client expectations and 75% said less than 5% of their workforce were in roles that focus on the growth of digital.“Digitisation is now equally relevant across all segments including institutional investors”Kevin O’Shaughnessy, head of digital and agile transformation at Alpha FMCAlpha said its research threw up a “stark change in landscape” since 2019 with regard to the obstacles preventing widespread digital adoption.According to the latest survey, the top three obstacles to good digital delivery in 2020 are seen as a lack of investment, organisational set-ups that are digitally incompatible, and a need for cultural change across businesses.In last year’s survey, underinvestment was not necessarily considered an obstacle and previously, lack of buy-in from senior leadership proved one of the major barriers to digital change.“However, this year’s findings indicate that the industry’s key decision makers now recognise the benefits that company-wide digitisation can bring,” said Alpha.Kevin O’Shaughnessy, head of digital and agile transformation at Alpha FMC, said: “While coronavirus appears to have shocked many firms into taking their digital transitions more seriously, there is still much work to be done across the sector in order to meet increasing client demands.“Our findings indicate that the importance of digitisation has moved across many aspects of an asset managers business and is now equally relevant across all segments including institutional investors. Asset managers see that their clients have become accustomed to slick digital offerings in lockdown and want to see them rolled out further.”Alpha’s survey took place between April and May this year.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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EPL: Ndidi’s Leicester face Liverpool test

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Liverpool vs. Leicester CityVenue: Anfield StadiumKick off: 3PMBrendan Rodgers returns to Anfield this afternoon for the first time since leaving Liverpool when his high-flying Leicester City side come to town.Both teams have made impressive starts to the season, with Liverpool still perfect in the league after seven games and Leicester sitting third in the table.Rodgers will likely be warmly received at Anfield on his first return to the stadium, having gone a long way to laying the foundations for the success which has followed under his successor Jurgen Klopp.The Northern Irishman was sometimes a figure of ridicule during his time in the Liverpool dugout, but he took the Reds back into the Champions League and to within a whisker of the Premier League title before leaving in October 2015.Rodgers’s reputation when leaving was perhaps lower than it should have been, but he has firmly rebuilt that now following a trophy-laden spell at Celtic and a very promising start to life as Leicester boss.Indeed, since he was appointed only Liverpool and Manchester City have picked up more points in the Premier League – a statistic which proves that Leicester’s current position of third in the table is no fluke.The Foxes actually have more points now than they did at the same stage of their unforgettable title-winning season and, while the relentless standard of the 2019-20 leading pack makes a repeat of that miracle highly unlikely, a top-six or even top-four challenge looks entirely within their capability.Certainly, they will expect to hold their own against any of the traditional big boys – they have already beaten Tottenham Hotspur and drawn with Chelsea this season – and will therefore have more belief than most that they can pull off an upset at Anfield.Plenty of teams have tried and failed to do that in recent times, though, and an away game against Liverpool is arguably the toughest assignment in world football at the moment.The stats suggest just that – Liverpool’s 43-match unbeaten league run at Anfield is the longest current streak in Europe’s top five leagues and the second-longest in their history, after only a 63-game streak between February 1978 and December 1980.The fact that that run was ended by Leicester will not be lost on the more studious of football historians, but Klopp’s side do look almost unstoppable at home right now, winning their last 12 Anfield outings across all competitions.That streak, which is their best since 16 in a row in 1985, did come under serious threat in midweek, though, with Red Bull Salzburg almost pulling off exactly the type of Champions League comeback Liverpool themselves have become famous for.It looked as though Liverpool might rival Bayern Munich’s scoring prowess when they raced into a 3-0 lead inside 36 minutes, only for Salzburg to produce a remarkable fightback and restore parity. Eventually the Reds did secure the win through Mohamed Salah’s strike, but it was a game which went a long way to damaging the aura of invincibility around Klopp’s side at Anfield.It remains to be seen whether Leicester are brave enough to give it as much of a go as a Salzburg side playing in what could be the biggest game in a lot of their careers, but it would have given the Foxes confidence that an open, expansive style can still hurt a Liverpool side that usually relishes such space.Ultimately, though, it was another win for the Merseysiders – their fourth in a row and 10th from their last 11 outings, including a perfect record of seven wins from seven in the Premier League.Another win this weekend would ensure that they go into the second international break of the season with at least a five-point lead at the top, which would be a welcome cushion to have considering they face bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in their next outing after this one.Matches against Genk, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are also to come in a difficult October, although Liverpool will go into every game now expecting to win having chalked up 16 victories in a row in the Premier League.Only Manchester City under Pep Guardiola a couple of years ago have ever recorded a better run in English top-flight football, meaning that a win on Saturday would enable Liverpool to equal that mark of 18 successive wins at Old Trafford. Liverpool possible XI: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Leicester possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Perez, Maddison, Ndidi, Tielemans, Barnes, Vardy.Tags: EPLLeicester CityLiverpoollast_img read more

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RVP set for United return

first_img “It’s been great working with Wayne because he’s an excellent footballer,” he said. “I’ve said from day one he’s been great. “He had a very good game in midweek. “We want that form to continue. We want him to keep scoring goals. “He is a big plus for us just now. “I don’t think it’s me or anyone else. It’s Wayne Rooney. He had to make sure he was the best he could be and he’s done that. “He’s in good nick, his talent is unquestionable. “He’s physically very good, mentally in a good place and his form has been good.” After losing three times already this season, and recording only one victory in their four Premier League home games, United have fallen off the pace and head into the weekend eight points adrift of pacesetters Arsenal. Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Thursday suggested his old club could not afford any further slip-ups and that there was an air of vulnerability about them that did not exist under Sir Alex Ferguson. Evidently, Moyes does not agree. “That might be Mark’s opinion,” said Moyes. “He’s entitled to that but we’ll wait and see. “There’s only two months of the season gone and there will be a lot of slip-ups by teams between now and the end of the season. “We don’t want to lose many more if we can help it.” Manager David Moyes has confirmed Robin van Persie should be fit to return for Manchester United when the Premier League champions entertain Stoke. Van Persie sat out Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Real Sociedad with a combination of niggling problems. But it appears the Dutchman’s absence will be a brief one. “Robin has a good chance,” said Moyes. “He had a problem with his toes and a little bit with his groin. “But he has had a little bit of training as well and he should be okay.” Moyes confirmed experienced defenders Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were also progressing well. However, England duo Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley remained on the sidelines. “Danny has fluid on his knee,” the Scot said. “Tom is still recovering from his calf.” Moyes refused to comment on reports United were set to offer striker Wayne Rooney a contract extension. However, the Scot did admit Rooney was in top form at present. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mercedes have ‘real big problems’ to resolve says Hamilton

first_imgSEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Formula One world champions Mercedes have some “real big problems” to fix with their car, title favourite Lewis Hamilton said on Sunday after finishing second in the Malaysian Grand Prix.The Briton, now 34 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and well on his way to a fourth title, started in pole position but lost out to Red Bull’s 20-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen.Hamilton was helped by an engine problem sidelining Vettel in qualifying and another issue preventing the German’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen from taking his place on the front row of the starting grid.But Verstappen was significantly faster once the race started while Vettel showed the Ferrari’s potential by going from last to fourth and beating Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas.“There is (a fair amount of work still to do) but there’s nothing we can do,” Hamilton, who was also gifted a win in Singapore two weeks ago when both Ferraris collided at the start, told Sky Sports television.”It’s the way the car is.”I think globally we have not got the best car and we’ve done an exceptional job with what we have. There are some real big problems that I can’t really explain to you…“But we really need make sure we rectify them for next year’s car if we’re going to have any chance of fighting both these teams next year when they step up their game,” added the Briton.Hamilton said the car was good at some races, and not at others, but Mercedes would do everything they could to stay ahead.Team boss Toto Wolff also sounded far from celebratory, despite Hamilton stretching his lead by six points with a hefty dose of luck.“I am just very down, I must say,” declared the Austrian.”We have lost so much pace this weekend…how can a car that is so fast on many circuits lose so much with a tire that is overheating?“Probably if you look at the real pace today it would have been P5 (fifth). And that is worrisome. Now let’s see what happens in Suzuka. We have a couple of days to try and understand.”The Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka follows on immediately from Malaysia, with four races remaining after that.last_img read more

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Joseph maintains aggression, provides scoring for flat Orange offense in loss

first_img Published on January 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ CLEMSON, S.C — Kaleb Joseph has never played so well in the Atlantic Coast Conference.The freshman point guard delivered 12 points, two assists to one turnover and a rebound in 33 minutes of Syracuse’s (13-5, 4-1 ACC) 66-53 loss to Clemson (10-7, 2-3) on Saturday evening at Littlejohn Coliseum.His scoring was a necessity on a night when Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije were all but silenced. For much of the season, Joseph’s play has been restricted to perimeter passing. Opposing teams give him space to shoot, as he’s only taken 22 3s on the season and made just four of them.But on Saturday night he consistently cut into the lane, creating a flurry of open looks from the elbows and improved as the game went on.“Kaleb does some crazy stuff,” Jim Boeheim said. “That’s just normal for a freshman, but he was more aggressive in the second half, he got in the lane and he got some good shots.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s an offensive output Boeheim said Joseph will have to reproduce. With Chris McCullough out for the season, Syracuse lacks a clear fourth scoring option after Rakeem Christmas, Cooney and Gbinije.Joseph’s 12 points represented 22.6 percent of SU’s scoring against the Tigers. In addition to Saturday’s game being his third-highest scoring performance, it was the largest share of the Orange’s points he’s had this season.The only other time Joseph had more than 20 percent of Syracuse’s points was when his 13 points accounted for 22 percent of SU’s total of 59 in its loss to California on Nov. 20 in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden.Fellow SU guard Cooney chalked Joseph’s performance up to simply understanding the offense a little better. Joseph left the game with 18:13 left in the first half — after committing a foul on an off-balance Rod Hall. He departed again with 3:39 remaining in the game, but played the final 1:29. Ron Patterson came on for Joseph each time but failed to score, and the freshman point guard returned.And while Joseph improved to 4-of-7 shooting in the second half after going 1-for-6 from the field before halftime, the point guard said he was taking good shots and staying confident the whole time.“They were all good shots, but I can’t stop shooting just because I’m not making good shots,” Joseph said. “… I think in the first half I was aggressive, in the second half I was aggressive, and good things happen.” Commentslast_img read more

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Donkomi: Rio Ferdinand urges Man United to sign Thomas Partey

first_imgFormer Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has urged the club to sign Ghana and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.Partey, 27, has been heavily linked with a move away from the Rojiblancos with Premier League side Arsenal reportedly seeing a €25 million plus Mateo Guendouzi offer for midfielder rejected.Man United were previous linked with Partey who has 3 years to run in his current deal with Madrid-based club.Asked which players he would sign for Man United this summer, Ferdinand listed Ghana International along with Jason Sancho as players he would love to see at Old Trafford.“I’ll definitely buy Sancho. Maybe Partey from Atletico Madrid or Ndidi.“I like Saul Niguez. Ben Godfrey if you’re going for a young centre back or go for someone like Koulibaly,” he told The Beautiful Game podcast.last_img read more

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Russell Wilson, Seahawks reportedly have made ‘little progress’ in contract negotiations

first_imgThe report stated that Wilson is aware he could be hit with the franchise tag in 2020 if they can’t come to an agreement on a new deal. He’s about to enter into the final year of his 2015 extension.Another concern from Wilson’s camp is if they wait until 2020 to get a new deal done, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement will be over and a new one will be coming up. This will impact salary cap numbers, which could hurt Wilson’s chances of getting the contract he desires.Despite the uncertainty, Wilson said he won’t hold out from any Seahawks activities and will be at the team’s offseason workouts and meetings. The contract negotiations between quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are at a stalemate.According to The Seattle Times, there has been “very little progress” in negotiations for a new extension. “While there has been communication between the two sides of late, the leak of the news of a deadline this week doesn’t appear to have — as yet, anyway — resulted in any significant breakthroughs in negotiations,” the Times reported.”One league source said Friday: ‘There has been very little progress made between the two sides.'” Related News According to the report, the Seahawks have known about Wilson’s April 15 deadline since January. One reason Wilson set this deadline is because it has worked in the past. In 2015 he got a four-year, $87.6 million contract right before the start of that season.Now Wilson wants a contract that would give him the most money annually (around the $35 million range) or the most guaranteed money, which would be roughly $100 million. Seahawks reportedly working out former USC star who hasn’t played in NFL since 2015last_img read more

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BiH Delegation went to Mediterranean Games in Mersin

first_imgDelegation of 45 athletes, 16 coaches and 2 officials of the Olympic Committee of BiH are soon to leave for Turkey, where they’ll participate at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, reports klix.baThe games will be held from 20 to 30 June and more than 4500 athletes from 24 countries will participate together with 1500 coaches and officials.The head of BiH delegation is Said Fazlagić and his deputy Dejana Sadžak, and the following athletes:shooting:Darija Kitić, boxing: Alem Čolpa,Velibor Vidić, Džemal Bošnjak, Bojan Aladžić (coaches Almedin Fetahović, Vlado Railić, Said Čolpa), taekwondo: Armin Gredić (coach Belmir Berberović), bocce:Dario Stojičić, Andrija Čorluka, weight lifting: Olivera Jurić, judo: Dražen Subotićm Larisa Cerić, Amel Mekić, Mitar Mrdić, Selma Sejdinović (coach Branislav Crnogorac), athletics: Biljana Cvijanović, Dušan Babić, Hamza Alić, Kemal Mešić, Dejan Mileusnić (coach Mehmed Skender),swimming: Ivana Nikolić (coach Željko Panić) karate: Mirsada Suljkanović, Alem Kupusović, Nermin Potur, Edin Muslić, Admir Zukan (coach Denis Muhović),wrestling: Ajdin Brkić, Elvir Čosić (treneri Sanel Bečković, Milenko Perkić).Football players to compete at Mediterranean Games are: Vedran Kjoševski, Omar Marković, Armin HOdžić, Amar Rahmanović, Fedor Predragović, Mirko Marić, Branimir Odak, Anto Petrović, Jozo Špikić, Haris Hajradinović, Emir Plakalo, Damir Sadiković, Almir Čerimagić, Renato Gojković, Adin Čiva, Almir Kasumović, Haris Muharemović, Halil Hajtić (coaches Murat Jaha, Eldin Jarodić, Admih Zaimović, Vlado Jagodić, Sakib Malkočević, Toni Karačić.(photo: wikipedia)last_img read more

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