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Emerging market allocation loses 9.3% at SPW scheme

first_imgSPW, the €8bn pension fund for Dutch housing corporations, has lost 2.2% on investments over the second quarter, with emerging markets and commodities faring particularly badly.The scheme reported negative returns for nearly all asset classes, due to a combination of falling markets and rising interest rates.Investments in emerging markets and commodities generated losses of 9.3% and 7.7%, respectively, it said.The pension fund attributed the “disappointing” emerging market return – which underperformed its benchmark by 9.1 percentage points – to the US central bank’s suggestion that it would scale back its tapering policy. “As a consequence, investors started divesting from emerging market equity, bonds and currency,” SPW said, citing disappointing growth in China and turmoil in Egypt as contributing factors.It attributed its commodities losses to negative returns in oil, metals and agricultural.It also reported losses of 2.1% and 0.2% on credit and government bonds, respectively, as well developed market equities (-0.7%) and property (-0.3%).With a return of 1.9%, private equity was the best returning asset class.Hedge funds and infrastructure generated returns of 0.4% and 0.5%, respectively.SPW said rising interest rates – and their impact on its interest hedge – contributed 1.4 percentage points to the scheme’s quarterly loss.By contrast, its currency hedge generated a positive result of 0.6%.last_img read more

Ideye: Goals will come

first_img The Baggies’ £10million buy has failed to score in the Barclays Premier League and has netted just once since his record summer move from Dynamo Kiev. Ideye has struggled for form and fitness, making just three league starts this season, but played all of the Baggies’ 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Press Association Striker Brown Ideye has admitted he has struggled to adapt at West Brom, but revealed he has made a goal promise to his son. They go to QPR on Saturday following just their second win in 10 league games with Ideye likely to lead the line again and the 26-year-old insisted he was getting better, while conceding he had made a slow start to his Albion career. “I would say I have been working very hard,” he said. “The gaffer (Alan Irvine) said he wanted me to work hard and at times it has been difficult for me to adapt to the system the team plays. “I have to adjust to what I have to do when the team is playing, but right now I think I’m there and I am just working hard now. “I was always hungry to start for West Brom and I always give my best. “Sometimes it’s difficult but I have to keep on pushing and working hard for the team. “I am getting closer to my best. I have had a lot of things to deal with so I just have to be focused and take it one game at a time.” The Nigeria international’s four-year-old son, Brown Junior, watched the derby win at The Hawthorns and Ideye has vowed to score against Rangers for him. “He always wanted to see the dressing rooms so I had to take him in to see it,” he said. “He is happy we won, but he was disappointed I didn’t score – so I have told him I will score next time.” The pressure had been building on head coach Alan Irvine before Albion’s victory over Villa and Ideye was under no illusions of its importance. “I knew how important the game was for us as players and also for the fans, so I am very happy we won because I couldn’t imagine not winning,” he said. “We knew how important it was and we’re all happy to have the result and I am happy for the team and for myself.” last_img read more

Gordon Elliott sets sights on Troytown repeat

first_img “Mullaghanoe River has been doing everything right at home and we’re looking forward to getting him going again,” said Meade. “He missed all last season, but we’re very happy with him at home at the moment. “Whether Tulsa Jack will handle the ground or not we’ll have to wait and see. He handled it in Cork, but it will be more like winter ground on Sunday. “We were going to let him off before he won in Cork, but he’s just kept improving and improving and we thought we’d let him take his chance this weekend and see how he goes.” Ballychorus has enjoyed an excellent year for trainer Mags Mullins, and owner Barry Connell is hopeful of another bold show. He said: ” She’s done well so far this year, winning two over hurdles and two over fences, and she’s definitely on the upgrade. “I’m not sure she’s a real winter horse, but we’ll give her another run and see what way the ground goes after that.” Elliott also saddles Gigginstown House Stud’s Bonisland, the JP McManus-owned Riverside City and Georges Conn, who carries the less familiar colours of the Don’t Tell The Woman Syndicate. “It’s a great race. We were lucky enough to win it last year and with Navan being one of my local tracks, that made last year’s success extra special,” said Elliott. “Azorian joined us earlier this year and we have been delighted with him. He seems to handle any ground, the step up in trip will suit him and I think he’ll have a good each-way chance. “Bonisland has been off for a while, but he has a bit of class. He works well and obviously he’ll have to come back to his best, but he is well and I am happy with him. “Riverside City has a nice weight on his back and I thought he ran very well in the Cork National (fifth). We know that he stays well and he has sneaked into the bottom of the handicap. “Georges Conn disappointed the last day at Thurles, but he gets in with a nice weight on his back. He is in good shape and he is owned by local owners, so it’s great for them to have a horse good enough to run in a race like this.” Noel Meade saddles a couple of major contenders in Tulsa Jack and Mullaghanoe River. Tulsa Jack arrives at the top of his game following victory in the Cork Grand National three weeks ago, while Mullaghanoe River makes his first appearance since tipping up in the Irish Grand National in April of last year. The Lee Power-owned Balbriggan landed a major gamble when striking gold in the prestigious handicap 12 months ago and this time the master of Cullentra has four chances. Power’s silks are carried by recent Naas third Azorian, who makes his first start in a handicap since leaving Eoin Griffin’s yard. Press Association Gordon Elliott is mob-handed in his bid to win Sunday’s Ladbrokes Troytown Chase at Navan for the second successive year.last_img read more

Kvitova Knocked out in Second Round by Petkovic

first_imgShe was a break up in the second set before Petkovic broke twice more en route to sealing victory.Japanese defending champion Naomi Osaka defeated Pole Magda Linette 6-2 6-4.Linette, the world number 53, was 3-0 up in the second set before the world number one fought back.Osaka could face promising 15-year-old Coco Gauff next, with the American playing Hungary’s Timea Babos in her second-round match from 00:00 BST on Louis Armstrong Stadium.Petkovic will now play either Belgian Elise Mertens or Kristyna Pliskova.Elsewhere, Ukrainian 32nd seed Dayana Yastremska beat Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-4 6-1 to set up a third-round meeting with compatriot and fifth seed Elina Svitolina.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram US OPEN 2019Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova is out of the US Open after losing 6-4 6-4 to world number 88 Andrea Petkovic in the second round.The two-time Wimbledon champion, who has been struggling with a forearm injury, was broken in the 10th game as the German, 31, took the opening set. Petra Kvitovalast_img read more

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