German institutions turning from equities to alternatives – Universal survey

first_imgCurrently, the exposure to alternative investments is below 3% in the majority of portfolios of the surveyed institutions, which included Pensionskassen, Versorgungswerke, insurers, foundations and banks managing around €300bn in total assets.Universal pointed out that nearly one-third of respondents wanted to up their quota by more than 300 basis points.At the same time, the interest in real assets such as real estate and infrastructure remained strong, but only 31% said they wanted to increase investments in those segments compared with 43% last year.All in all, the surveyed institutions remained pessimistic about the global economic outlook, with 78% saying the financial crisis is not over yet five years on.More than 60% noted quantitative easing helped to buy time but did not solve structural problems, and they did not expect either the US Fed or the ECB to cut rates over the medium term. German institutions do not see an end of the low-interest rate environment any time soon and are planning to up their exposures to alternatives, a survey by Universal Investment has found.Among the 90 German institutions polled by the asset manager, 70% want to increase their exposure to alternatives, and 29% said they were looking at investments in private equity and loans.In a similar survey last year, only one-fifth of respondents were looking into alternatives, while one-third planned to increase their equities quotas.This year, the trend is reversed and “growing stronger”, Universal said.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Live Streaming Cricket, Afghanistan vs Australia 4th ODI: How to watch AFG vs AUS ICC World Cup at Hotstar and Star Sports TV

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The fourth match in the 2019 ICC World Cup is to be played between Afghanistan and Australia at the County Ground in Bristol. The match will be a great opportunity for Afghanistan to prove themselves to the world that they are more than an underdog.The Australian team has had an incredible year thus far. After defeating India and Pakistan in their home conditions, the Aaron Finch-captained unit won their warm-up matches of this year’s World Cup in England and Wales. First, they brushed aside hosts England after Steve Smith amassed a magnificent century. Afghanistan, on the other hand, announced their arrival at the biggest stage after convincingly beating Pakistan in the first warm-up game. However, the second warm-up match against England didn’t go their way and were hammered in the most obnoxious manner possible. World Cup 2019, 4th match: Afghanistan vs AustraliaWhat time does the live coverage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia start?The ICC World Cup 2019 opening match between Afghanistan and Australia at County Ground will start at 06:00 PM IST.Where will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia be played?The clash between Afghanistan and Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at County Ground, Bristol.Where to watch online live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game between Afghanistan and Australia?You can watch the live streaming of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia on Hotstar from 03.00 PM onwards.When is the game between Afghanistan and Australia in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?The game between Afghanistan and Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played on Saturday, June 1.Where can I check the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan and Australia?You can follow Live updates and Live Score on You can watch the live cricket match on Hotstar.Where can I watch the  ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash between Afghanistan vs Australia?The match between Afghanistan vs Australia will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports Select HD. Hindi commentary will be available on Star Sports 1 Hindi. last_img read more

Borland embracing move to middle linebacker

first_imgChris Borland suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last year, but as he works his way back to full heath, he is preparing to man a new spot – middle linebacker – for the Badgers this year.[/media-credit]Chris Borland seemed to be in the middle of everything during the 2009 season when he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, forcing turnovers and recording sacks on a regular basis.Now, after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last season, Borland is set to become the official man in the middle for the UW defense in 2011.Head coach Bret Bielema announced at the start of spring camp that Borland was making a position switch from outside to middle linebacker. Borland remains limited in spring camp as he works his way back to full health, but the transition to middle linebacker has already started in the film room.“I’ve just been familiarizing myself with the position,” Borland said. “It’s not too difficult really. And we’ve changed some things with our defense so everybody is learning. I played a little bit my freshman year and its been a pretty smooth transition so far.”But why the need for such a transition in the first place?Borland established himself as a defensive play maker in his first season on the outside, so why make a change?According to Borland, the move fits better with Wisconsin’s current linebacker depth.“I think it’s just a practical decision based on our personnel,” Borland said. “Mike [Taylor] and Clax [Kevin Claxton] are two great outside linebackers and I’m probably a better fit than both of those guys in the middle.“To get three of our better guys on the field – I think it makes the most sense.”In addition, Borland appears to have the skill set necessary to excel at the middle linebacker spot.The 5-foot-11, 242-pound player is stout enough to hold his ground against inside running plays, and he also has the quickness needed to shoot the gaps and make plays on the edges.With that in mind, Borland’s fellow linebackers are excited about the positive effect the move will have on their unit.“I think it’s a really good move,” senior linebacker Kevin Claxton said. “Chris is a very athletic, explosive guy who can go sideline to sideline. It’s a good thing for us to have him on the inside.”“In this defense having Chris in the middle keeps him in the box,” junior linebacker Mike Taylor added. “Chris is just great for fighting those linemen and using his quickness and strength to bully those guys. Having him always in the box where he can always make plays will be really helpful.”Offenses now won’t be able to run away from Borland’s side of the field in hopes of keeping him away from the action.In the middle, Borland can use his speed to track down plays on either side.But how does Borland’s unique pass rushing ability fit in? In his freshman season, Borland finished with five sacks and was constantly pressuring the quarterback with his trademark spin move off the edge.Opposing offensive tackles were simply no match for Borland’s quickness, and though he may be moving inside in UW’s base defense, don’t be surprised to see Borland lined up on the outside for that very role in specific third down packages.“We don’t know what we are going to do yet for our third down package but yeah, absolutely,” Borland said with a smile. “I think that will stay.”Borland says he expects to be back to 100 percent by June when the Badgers begin their summer workout program.He’ll continue to study his new position until camp resumes in the fall when he will presumably be able to return to full-contact action for the first time in months.So, how anxious is Borland to test out the middle linebacker spot and absorb that first collision?“Words really can’t describe,” he said.last_img read more

New meeting of B&H junior handball players

first_imgMale junior handball national team of B&H will meet tomorrow in Grančanica within the third phase of  preparations for their performance at the World Championship, which will be held by the end of June in B&H. During the five- day preparations, B&H juniors will attend the Gračanica handball tournament which will be held on the 12th and 13th of January.The  Junior World Handball Championship will be held on the 14th and 28th of July in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Zenica and Ljubuški. Twenty four national junior teams will compete at this Championship. All twelve participating teams of the Junior  World Handball Championship have gone through their qualifications and all twelve have qualified for the Championship. B&H will compete at the  Junior  World Handball Championship as the host, together with the European champion  of Spain, vice-champion of Croatia, Slovenia, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland and Russia. Four teams from Africa and Asia will also compete at this Championship, as well as two representatives from Oceania, South and North America.The official group will be announced by the end of April in the Headquarters of IHF in Basel or Sarajevo, and all teams will be divided in four groups that will consist of six national teams. B&H junior handball team will play in Sarajevo or Zenica.This is the list of all players invited to the meeting in Gračanica: Damjan Šarić, Petar Trišić, Enes Sirćo, Haso Ćosić, Ivan Miličević, Josip Ereš, Muhamed Zulfić, Anes Bečić, Ivan Milas, Tarik Kasumović, Nemanja Bezbradica, Josip Perić, Stefan Janković, Said Ajkunić, Dejan Malinović, Petar Bubalo, Elmir Građan  and Damir Halilković.last_img read more