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first_imgActively-managed investment funds recommended by investment consultants do not meaningfully outperform their benchmarks, according to the competition watchdog investing the UK consultancy sector.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it found no evidence that, net of asset management fees, products rated as ‘Buy’ by consultants outperformed either their respective benchmarks or unrated products to a statistically significant extent on average.This was based on an empirical analysis of actively-managed asset management products in a database maintained by eVestment, the CMA said.On average, recommended products outperformed their benchmarks only on a gross-of-fees basis. Passively-managed products were excluded from the analysis. “This analysis fits into our assessment of outcomes in terms of whether investment consultants are providing value for money in relation to the quality of their services,” said the CMA in a new working paper.It said it decided to assess the performance of consultants’ recommended asset management products because they were “an area which potentially adds value and can reasonably be measured, and where claims are commonly made”.It acknowledged that manager recommendations were only one part of the service consultants provided.The CMA has invited comments on its analysis and said it would present a final version of the work in its provisional decision about whether or not there is effective competition in the investment consultancy and fiduciary management sectors. The deadline for the final report is March 2019.The anti-trust authority said its work tested and expanded on analysis carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The FCA analysis – carried out in connection with its study on the asset management sector – found that “investment consultants in our sample were historically not able to pick out products that significantly outperformed (against benchmark) other products”.The consultants included in the CMA’s sample were: Aon, Capita, Hymans Robertson, Redington, Russell Investments, Willis Towers Watson, KPMG and LCP.Mercer was not included in this analysis because it did not subscribe to eVestment and therefore could not provide ratings data that could be matched with the database.The CMA said it attempted to include Cambridge in its analysis, but was unable to match any of their ratings into its dataset.last_img read more

first_imgThe two Paris-based sides have long shared a fierce rivalry, stretching back to 1892 when they met in the first ever final of the Top 14.However in a shock statement the clubs have said that pooling their resources will benefit both the teams and French rugby.Racing are the reigning Top 14 champions while Stade Francais won the trophy in 2015 after an 8 year wait.last_img

first_imgDES MOINES — Individual Iowans and organizations who exemplify the six pillars of character are being recognized in an annual program through the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University in Des Moines.Hilary Ortmann, the center’s associate director, says they had 140 nominations this year representing 87 Iowa communities. Ortmann says, “We’re proud to be recognizing individuals and groups from across the state in a variety of categories including: educator, adult citizen, youth citizen, athletic team, business organization and much more.”The six pillars of character are: Caring, Citizenship, Fairness, Respectfulness, Responsibility and Trustworthiness. There’s usually a big summertime banquet to honor all of the recipients but COVID-19 forced the cancellation of this year’s event.“We are switching to a virtual celebration that will be celebrated on July 30th,” Ortmann says. “We will do a lot of online social media recognition of all of our nominees and our award recipients.” She says one special award will recognize an individual who honors the legacy of a former Iowa governor, impacting others through ethical leadership. It’s called the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award.“This year’s award recipient is Nancy Tychsen,” Ortmann says. “Nancy is from West Des Moines and is actually one of the first educators back in the late ’90s who is responsible for helping us bring Character Counts to Iowa.”Some of this year’s honorees include: Business/Organization of Character: Grinnell Mutual of Grinnell, Adult Citizen of Character: Bonnie Romine of North English, Youth Citizen of Character: Lillie Lamont and Caroline Lang of Vinton-Shellsburg, and Educator of Character: Don Anderson of Belle Plaine Community Schools. See all of this year’s winners at: www.iowacharacterawards.org.last_img read more

first_img(AP) It’s now official—NBA legends Gary Payton and Bernard King will enter the hall this September. Here is an official rundown of the class.•Gary Payton: A lock-down defender who is one of the greatest point guards of his generation, a nine-time All-Star, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, two-time gold medalist and the face of Seattle Sonics basketball. He has an NBA championship as well (Miami 2006).“When I started playing basketball and got in the NBA I just wanted to be a guy in the NBA doing something,” Payton said in a televised interview on a stage in Atlanta with the other inductees. “But even as my career went on and started getting better and better I still never thought about being in the Hall of Fame.“When I think about it, I don’t even feel like I’m here now. It’s such a dream.”•Bernard King: The Knicks swingman was one of the greatest pure scorers of all time. He averaged 22.5 points per game during a 15-year career and had some monster playoff runs, like 1984 when he averaged 34.8 points per game. This was long overdue, glad to see it happen.“I’d like to say this was a dream, but you can’t dream of something like this,” Kings said from the Hall of Fame stage.•Richie Guerin: A native New Yorker who played for the Knicks, is a six-time All-Star guard known for his feisty style of play.•Roger Brown: One of the great players of the ABA all time, a four time All-Star in that league.•Oscar Schmidt: The Brazilian legend should already have been in, he is a five-time Olympian who remains the only player with more than 1,000 points in the Olympics.•Russ Granik: David Stern’s former right hand man for years. Helped clear way for NBA players to be in Olympics.•Also in are Rick Pitino (college coaching legend), Jerry Tarkanian (college coaching legend), Dawn Staley (WNBA legend, three time gold medalist), Sylvia Hatchell (North Caronia’s women’s college coach), Guy Lewis (University of Houston college coach including the Phi Slama Jama years), and George Raveling, the longtime college coach enters on a lifetime achievement award. HALL OF FAMERS—Bernard King, Gary Payton and Rick Pitino. (AP Photo)last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Buster Posey has struggled in April before, but he’s never struggled quite like this.After undergoing August hip surgery to repair a microfracture, Posey is hitting just .200 with a .291 slugging percentage through his first 16 games following an extensive rehabilitation process.Despite consistently batting in the middle of the Giants lineup, Posey has driven in just one run thus far and admitted Wednesday he is disappointed in his early offensive results.“It’s a challenge …last_img read more

first_img29 June 2009 The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup drew to a close at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday night in a ceremony filled with music, colour, light and dance. But the passion reflected in the photos of fans, beamed onto a giant sphere floating above the pitch, was not staged. The photographs, of the fans that filled South Africa’s four host stadiums during Fifa’s “Festival of Continental Champions”, reflected a nation that came together in a tournament that has given the country many reasons to smile. As Nelson Mandela watched his great-granddaughter Zenani bringing the Fifa Confederations Cup trophy out onto the pitch following a thrilling final between Brazil and the USA, no doubt he was smiling too. For over the past two weeks South Africa has shown the world, once again, what it is capable of. It has also shown that the opportunity South Africa has been given to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup is about more than stadiums, pitches, roads and airports. It’s about people, and working together for a common goal. It is about reasons to smile and cry and make some very loud noise. It is about the joy that comes from being part of 14 days of thrilling football. “I have loved this tournament,” said 12-year-old Zenani, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela’s youngest daughter, Zindzi. “It has been so much fun – and Bafana Bafana have been playing, like, wow!” As the stadium went dark on Sunday night, and the vuvuzelas went quiet, the melodic sounds of Africa filled the air. The voices of 150 choir members and the beats of 150 drummers bid the fans and the watching world goodbye. But for the country, and the continent, this was just the beginning. In less than a year’s time, South Africa and Africa will welcome 32 teams, hundreds of thousands of fans and millions of television viewers back for the big one, the 2010 Fifa World Cup – and the drama, and the celebrations, will begin in earnest!Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

first_imgSignificant amounts of sunshine and good, prevalent wind conditions have given South Africa the perfect opportunity to diversify its energy generation plan, moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels towards “green” renewable energy.Given its favourable climate conditions, South Africa is more than adequately suited to take advantage of wind and solar energy. With almost 100 projects across the country, either fully operational or in the planning stages, South Africa has an opportunity to use renewable energy as an economy grower. Pictured is the Darling Wind Farm on the Western Cape coast. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonIn line with the South African government’s official outline towards a cleaner economy, taking advantage of renewable energy, in the form of solar and wind power, and building private-public partnerships are key discussions at the World Economic Forum: Africa 2017, being held in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017.Renewable energy plays an important role in powering the country and developing its economy.South Africa currently has almost 100 renewable energy projects either fully operational or at various build stages to be completed over the next five to 10 years. Projects, while focused predominately on wind and solar energy, include biomass (plant photosynthesis energy) and hydro-electric ventures. Of the 100 projects, 53 up and running enterprises focus on solar and wind, with a combined energy capacity of more than 4,000MW.The work being done is the product of co-operation between the government, the private technology sector, and research and science bodies.Here is an infographic featuring nine flagship wind and solar projects around South Africa:Source: Energy.org.za, WEF Africa 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgLocation:Cayambe, EcuadorN 00° 00.000′ W 078° 10.500′ TraditionalGC56FKXby wen-go SharePrint RelatedNo Further South From Here — Geocache of the WeekJanuary 31, 2018In “Community”GCC#134 Little Red Riding Hood — Geocache of the WeekAugust 28, 2019In “Community”Hilma Hooker (GC2W056) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 7, 2016In “Community” Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1.5center_img N 00° 00.000′ W 078° 10.500′ —Aptly named, Ecuador straddles the equator where the southern and northern hemispheres meet. Exactly at latitude N 00° 00.000′, the Quitsato Sundial was the first monument of the Equator in the history of the Republic of Ecuador.The location features a 54 meter diameter platform  embellished with a mosaic of  river stones. The different shades of rock create an eight-pointed star, also known as a  compass rose that indicates solstices and equinoxes.At the center of the platform stands a giant 10-meter high sundial that can be used to tell time. This platform is also used to explain the albedo effect when the darker stones create higher temperatures from the absorption of sunlight. The cache takes you to a viewpoint to relax and absorb all this celestial knowledge. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

first_imgIt looks like the first runner has crossed the finish line in the race to bringing background location functionality to the iPhone, and the winner is Loopt, an early entry in the location-based services arena.Aside from multitasking (or pseudo-multitasking, if you will) and those helpful organizer folders, background location was one of the most anticipated features of iOS 4, and Loopt clearly shows us why – even though it’s just the tip of the background-location iceberg.Persistent location means one thing – you don’t need to interact with your iPhone and let it know that you want it to check your location and give you information based on that data. Instead, you can allow your iPhone to consistently monitor your location in various apps and when it comes across a certain set of conditions, notify you. In the case of Loopt, this means that you don’t have to walk around town checking in at every location you go. As Kim-Mai Cutler of Venture Beat writes, “users can now continuously share where they are with specific friends so they don’t have to constantly “check-in” to places. If a friend happens to be nearby, the app will send you a push notification alerting you. (They can still do check-ins for acquaintances and a broader group of friends, however.)”As we wrote when we first heard about background location, the “list of ideas for background location are endless”, from time- and place-specific advertising to the types of notifications we’ll see from Loopt. Something like Urbanspon, so you can know when deals pop up around you for happy hour? Or maybe a traffic notification app that can alert you to a jam on the highway your driving ahead? What if Craigsphone could look up apartments as you travel around town and let you know when you near one meeting your requirements? Outside of the LBS arena, what apps are you excited about having access to your location in the background? mike melanson Related Posts Tags:#Apple#Location#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgWho takes the action is as important as the action being taken.Two people can both call on the same prospective client. One of them can have deep business acumen and situational knowledge, while the other lacks both of these. The results will be as different as you might imagine, with one succeeding, and the other failing. It’s important that you be someone who knows how to create value and make a difference.Two salespeople can both have a face-to-face sales call with that same dream client. One of them is an exceptionally good listener, is prepared, and has carefully crafted questions that will help them and their prospect discover things together. The other is winging it, hoping to make a connection. The professional always outperforms the amateur.Two different people both want success. One is an optimistic, abundance-minded person who believes that opportunity is limitless. This person believes that their success is going to take hard work and dedication, but that that success is inevitable. The other person is a scarcity-minded person who waits for luck to find them and bestow upon them her riches. Your attitude and your belief systems are your operating system. It can’t be full of viruses.Actions alone doesn’t always dictate the results. The reason some people produce better results is that they have done the work to become someone who can generate those better results. They worked harder and longer than others were willing to so they could become a person who can produce the results you see, even though you didn’t see the years of work they put into chipping away at the parts that weren’t the best version of themselves.Who you are counts for more than what you do. You have to be someone worth buying from, someone worth doing business with, someone who acts a positive force. Character counts for far more than any tactics, tricks, or hacks you might be tempted to employ to produce better results faster. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more