WASHINGTON/CHICAGO - Some investors in Europe and Asia are discovering the Build America Bond program created in the U.S. economic stimulus plan last year offers attractive yields and stability, and are finding the bonds more appealing than sovereign debt, two Citigroup directors said on Thursday.
LONDON - Europe and U.S. property investors have cast their nets far and wide to dodge weak values and low returns on their home soil for the more risky potential of emerging Asia, Latin America and former Soviet states.
LONDON - Institutional investors are sticking with their allocations in real estate and infrastructure despite the financial downturn that has seen valuations drop in the last three years, industry heads said.
LONDON - The head of Britain's largest infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty , said it would raise margins at its U.S. unit Parsons Brinckerhoff, and strip out overall costs to help offset severe public spending cuts.
LONDON/MOSCOW - Russian developer PIK is in talks with state-backed lenders Sberbank and VTB Bank to supply affordable mortgages to its customers as housing demand rallies, a senior executive told Reuters.
LONDON - Italy's biggest toll-road operator, Atlantia , expects traffic levels to rise 1 percent this year, boosted by a strong rebound in the heavy vehicles segment after last year's recession, its CEO said.
SYDNEY - Australia's Westfield Group plans to focus on organic growth through redevelopment, as sovereign debt-fueled risk hampers expansion into Europe and developing Asian markets remain too immature.
BEIJING/HONG KONG - Henderson Land expects no more cancellations of sales in Hong Kong in the near term, a senior executive said on Thursday, after some buyers canceled their purchases, denting its share price.
HONG KONG - HSBC expects the number of real estate investment trusts in Asia to surge over the next 3 to 4 years due to demand for more risk-averse property investments, a senior executive said on Thursday.
LONDON - Deal-hungry property investors will need to forage hard in all four quadrants of the capital market if they are to survive an extended mortgage famine that may permanently alter the way many buyers structure deals.
LONDON - BP's share price collapse is unlikely to spark an exodus of pension fund money from UK property, the head of Prudential's PRUPIM said, quelling fears of fire sales to fix asset allocation imbalances.
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