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Volatility Fears Push Investors Into Factor Strategies

Appetite for low-volatility and value strategies led institutional investors to hike allocations to factor-driven investments in 2017, according to a new poll. Invesco’s global factor investing study found that allocations to smart beta and active factor strategies across Europe, North America, and Asia made up 17 percent of institutional portfolios in 2017, up from 15 percent in 2016. The survey ...

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Tech Companies Face Growing Questions in Russia Probe

The flood gates have opened in a Congressional probe into how suspected Russian entities used social media to spread misinformation designed to influence America’s presidential election. On Thursday, Twitter, which has kept relatively quiet about suspected use of the platform for election meddling, will appear before Senate and House Intelligence Committee members. The move comes as Facebook begins to hand ...

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Behind 'Grassroots' Campaigns Over Airbnb, Millions of Industry Dollars

Airbnb Inc. and the hotel industry have waged a shadow war in cities and states across the U.S. that are grappling with how to regulate the increasingly popular short-term rental market. The stakes are high: Closely held Airbnb has a $ 31 billion valuation, according to people familiar with the matter, and has more than doubled its world-wide listings over ...

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Cabinet split harming business, says British Chambers of Commerce

Public disagreements between cabinet ministers are undermining business confidence, the British Chambers of Commerce has warned. Business leaders are “growing impatient with division” at the heart of the government, particularly around the Brexit process, the group said. It called for ministers attending the Conservative party conference to show “competence and coherence”. Theresa May has said the cabinet is united on ...

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