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Central Bank Roundup, November 24, 2015

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Bank of Korea Board Member Issues Warning on Fed Rate Raise

Joon-Ho Hahm, a member of Bank of Korea’s monetary policy board said last week at the San Francisco Federal Reserve’s Asia Economic Policy conference that, “The latent risk and potential impacts associated with the upcoming U.S. interest rate hike could be large in EMEs (emerging market economies), and Korea would not be exempt.”

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer also prepared remarks, concluding that, “Further ahead lies the answer to the question of whether developments in the global economy will permit the continuation of the export-centered growth strategy that underlies the Asian miracle or whether we will later conclude that this period, the period after the Great Recession and the global financial crisis, marked the beginning of a new phase in the economic history of the modern global economy.”

Oppenheimer Snags JP Morgan Veteran for EM Sovereign Analyst Lead

Nathalie Marshik has left JP Morgan to become Executive Director of Emerging Markets Sovereign Analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. She will be based out of New York and report to Peter Albano, Managing Director, Global Head of Fixed Income Sales at Oppenheimer. Marshik was head of the Americas Sovereign Risk function for the Country Risk team at J.P. Morgan. She advised countries on capital raises and ratings. She also covered the MENA region for five years at JP Morgan.

National Bank of Hungary to Become Largest Owner of Budapest Stock Exchange

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HKMA Intervenes to Support Currency Peg for First Time Since May 2018

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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) intervened to defend its peg to the U.S. dollar. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Genoa Motorway Bridge Collapses

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The 51-year-old Genoa bridge death total has risen to 35 people. On August 14, 2018, a highway bridge, known as the Morandi Bridge, in the center of Genoa had collapsed in torrential rains. The roadway, which was built of reinforced concrete, fell as much as 45 meters. The cause of the collapse was under investigation, according to Angelo Borrelli, chief of the Civil Protection Department. A good number of Italy’s viaducts, galleries and bridges were built during the 1950s and 1960s. Italy-based Autostrade is a motorway operator controlled by Atlantia S.p.A. Autostrade was conducting maintenance work on the bridge. Autostrade said it had been strengthening the road foundations of the bridge.

The Italian Benetton family founded the Benetton Group S.p.A. fashion company in 1965. Sintonia SA is the Luxembourg financial holding company controlled by the Benetton family, which has about a 30.25% stake in Atlantia. Singapore’s GIC Private Limited owns 8.14% of Atlantia as of March 31, 2018. BlackRock holds a 5.12% ownership stake in Atlantia during the same time period.

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Bill Gross Can’t Save Janus Henderson

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Speculation is swirling that legendary bond king Bill Gross could be ousted from the fund he oversees at Janus Henderson (JHG). However, Janus Henderson CEO Dick Weil is firm in his belief that Gross is fit for the position, though he also stated that Gross has been performing in a way that was “challenging and disappointing.” Bloomberg’s Francine Lacqua suggested that Gross could “taint” the overall picture at JHG.

After acknowledging that Gross was struggling, Weil was quick to defend him, pointing to his successful 40 year career in the industry. Weil expects Gross to recover from his current investment woes “in time.” He went on to underscore his unshakable confidence in Gross, “Bill’s a terrific investor, and a terrific, strong player.” Gross, for his part, is said to have admitted to making “bad bets,” according to Weil. Weil was only recently chosen over contender Andrew Formica, his Co-CEO, to serve as sole CEO of the company. Australian-born Formica was dismissed by JHG’s board of directors. JHG’s single largest shareholder is Japanese life company Dai-Ichi Life.

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