Trade rhetoric inspired Colombian AFPs to keep assets closer to home in April

Colombian AFPs showed a preference for North American and Latin American equity in April, while scaling back their positions in emerging-market equities, as escalating US trade rhetoric encouraged the AFPs to invest domestically.

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Colombian AFPs want more contributors in system, even if they receive less from each affiliate

Instead of two regimes (state-run pay-as-you-go and AFPs) competing, there should be a single system based on government social security and individual contributions to public and private AFPs, says the Colombian pension association.

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Colombian AFPs turned to North American and Japanese equity in March

iShares Core S&P 500 and the iShares MSCI Japan added a combined USD 510 million for the month, as overall system AUM in cross-border funds and ETFs neared USD 20 billion.

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Colombian fund industry seeks to raise profile as investor demand heats up

Efforts to align funds according to investment strategy, educate the public and provide better outreach are underway has AUMs climbed more than 20% in 2017, says Marcela Arias of Asofiduciarias.

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New real-estate fund regs permit hiring of third-party managers

Marcela Arias of the Colombian mutual fund association, Asofiduciarias, is optimistic about a boom in REIT activity beginning as early as the second half of 2018.

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Colombian AFPs raise exposure to North American equity amid volatility

Colombian AFPs raised their exposure to cross-border funds end ETFs by USD 186 million in February for USD 20.3 billion under management, plunging into North American equity even as volatility rocked US equity markets.

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Colombian AFPs began 2018 with a redemption bias in cross-border markets

Despite the outflows, strong returns led to an increase in allocations to cross-border products, which stood at USD 20.9 billion versus USD 19.7 billion at the end of 2017.

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Scotiabank property to take over Citi’s retail banking network in Colombia

Acquisition of Citi's 47 branches and 424 self-service access points across Colombia fits with Scotiabank's strategy to increase scale in Pacific Alliance economies of Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Peru," said the firm's Nacho Deschamps,

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Colombian AFPs favored emerging markets and Europe in 2017

Emerging-market equity ended up being Colombian AFPs’ biggest allocation target in 2017, ending the year with USD 5.8 billion in investments and a 29.5% market share.

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Boosted by AUM growth, JP Morgan to open Colombian office

Giacomo Grage, who until now has been working from JPM's Andean flagship in Santiago, will head the initiative in Bogota.

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