first_imgThe English Premier League hopes to re-start games by mid-June in empty stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.A World Cup winner with France, Lloris says “it’s important that soccer restarts, for today and tomorrow.”He adds that “if we have to play behind closed doors for a long period of time in order to save soccer, then we have to.”Lloris currently trains at his club every other day with “specific time slots” for each player, adding that “sometimes we pass each other, but from very far away.”In a newspaper interview with Nice-Matin, Lloris says that arriving at training already dressed in his kit reminds him“of when I started out and my grand-parents would drop me off at training.” The Latest: Goalie Lloris willing to play without fans Associated Press May 17, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is in favor playing without fans for a long time if it helps “save” soccer clubs amid financial uncertainty. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

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first_imgFinancieele Dagblad, the Dutch financial daily, and IPNederland (Investments & Pensions Nederland) will be joining forces to further improve their services to the Dutch pensions industry.Jointly, they will be able to optimise their offerings and meet Dutch pension professionals’ needs in terms of independent, reliable news, background stories and analysis.In addition to the daily IPN Newsletter and bi-monthly IPNederland print magazine, the weekly e-magazine FD Pensioen Pro will be part of the joint portfolio.Mariska van der Westen, editor of IPNederland, said she was delighted by the plans to collaborate with FD. “The pensions industry is facing a range of challenges resulting in an ever-increasing need for solid, independent information,” she said.“FD is the leading business daily in The Netherlands, while IPN is the leading information provider for the pensions industry. Collaborating with FD will allow us to optimise our ability to meet those needs.”Eugenie van Wiechen, publishing director at FD Media Group, believes the product offerings are complementary.“By combining IPNederland’s daily news, the weekly FD Pensioen Pro, IPN print magazines and a number of joint events, we will be able to further improve our services to Dutch pension professionals and help them connect directly with their peers.”last_img

first_img“The continued low interest rate has made a not insignificant contribution to the growth in this market,” the researchers noted. “It has forced institutional investors to greater diversification and also a specialisation across various asset classes.”In addition, Telos found that Master-KVG structures were also growing, as pooling of funds in a single structure become more popular among institutional investors – primarily to to unify reporting and simplify portfolio structures.Telos said: “The Master-KVG helps foreign asset managers place their products in the German market and increases the attractiveness to offer specialised investment approaches and fund solutions to investors.”Currently two-thirds of all Spezialfonds are managed in a Master-KVG structure. Telos predicted re-investing maturing bond mandates would further fuel this trend as investors switched to niche fixed income segments.“Asset managers with specialised approaches can offer their products in segments like high yield, loans or municipals, under one master fund roof,” the researchers said.Asset class splitTelos noted a doubling of investments in private equity year-on-year to 1.6% of overall industry assets, as well as an increase in real estate exposure from 8% to 12%.The researchers also highlighted a heightened interest among investors in private debt and senior loans, although total exposure was still very low.At the same time, the share of government bonds dropped significantly from 43% to 30%.For the next two years investors will be looking to allocate more to real estate and convertibles, the Telos survey showed.Interest in alternatives including infrastructure was constant but “remains limited” given certain regulatory restraints, the rating agency added. Meanwhile, because of “volatility and political instabilities”, German investors had almost completely lost faith in commodities and foreign exchange investments.The full study (in German) can be found here. The low interest rate environment has injected the German Spezialfonds market with new life, according to the latest research from rating agency Telos. Last year the assets managed by these vehicles – which specialise in catering for institutional clients – reached €1.6trn, compared to €1.48trn in the previous year, and increase of 8.1%.Overall assets in this market segment have doubled since 2010, Telos said. Over the last 10 years the Spezialfonds market grew by 130%, while the retail fund sector only managed an increase of 40%.  Pension fund and other retirement providers increased their share of assets in the Spezialfonds market by 20% year-on-year and accounted for around one quarter of the volume at the end of 2017.last_img

first_imgA2SEA’s wind turbine installation vessel Sea Challenger has loaded the final set of wind turbine components for the 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm project at the Port of Hull.In total, the vessel made 17 runs between the load out port in Hull and the installation site some 32 kilometres off North Norfolk to install all of the wind farm’s 67 Siemens 6MW turbines. The first turbines were installed at the site in early January 2017.Sea Challenger had also served as an accommodation vessel on the project from September 2016 to the end of the year.The Dudgeon offshore wind farm is a GBP 1.5 billion project being jointly developed by Statoil, Masdar and Statkraft, expected to be fully commissioned by late 2017.Statoil is developing the Dudgeon offshore wind farm and will continue as its operator.last_img

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