Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s top four hopes following Man Utd dropping points

first_imgUnai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s top four hopes following Man Utd dropping points Advertisement Emery is in his first season in charge of Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has insisted Arsenal still believe they can finish in the top four, but claims they are just taking each game as they come.The Gunners are currently fourth in the league, helped by Manchester United’s draw against Liverpool on Sunday.However, their is just a one-point gap between themselves and United, with Chelsea just three points below with a game in hand.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith just 11 games to go, the season is set for a tense ending as to who will secure a top-four spot and secure Champions League football for the 2019/20 campaign.ADVERTISEMENT‘We are not looking at the table at the moment because we still have lots of games to play,’ Emery said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The most important is to be focused and ready for every game because we are not going to think that we are in the top four. The season is not done we still have lots of games to play. Do we believe? Yeah, everything is possible.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Our focus is on our way, because we cannot control the results of Manchester United, Chelsea or Tottenham, only when we play against them. The most important thing is to think step by step and our focus is to win Wednesday.‘It’s a positive to be in the top four but it doesn’t change our way, we take things game by game. Wednesday is important and we feel strong at home.’Arsenal’s next game is against Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday.MORE: Barcea tell Arsenal to buy Suarez for £17.3mWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 25 Feb 2019 12:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more

Dutch pension fund BpfBouw to expand into local real estate

first_imgBpfBouw, the €40bn pension fund for the Dutch building industry, is planning to increase its investments in Dutch real estate to €6.6bn, having already allocated €500m for new developments. It is also considering investing in property in the care sector, according to its 2013 annual report.Last year, nearly 20% of BpfBouw’s entire portfolio was invested in the Netherlands, and more than half of that was in property.The pension fund expected the extension of its local property holdings would generate stable returns of 3.5%. The scheme said it largely continued to stick with its investment mix of 15.3% real estate, 33.3% equity and 40.5% fixed income.However, the board has decided to set the allocation to private equity, commodities and hedge funds – last year 2.6%, 4.1% and 3.7%, respectively – at 4% each.To reduce its equity risk, it also increased its allocation to low-volatility equity in developed markets from 10% to 25%.BpfBouw started investing in sustainable energy and responsible nature and forestry conservation through ‘green bonds’.The building scheme reported a return on investments of 4.8%.However, this result was halved, following a 3.8% loss on the 66% interest hedge on its liabilities due to rising interest rates, it said.Developed market equity, with a return of 20.4%, was BpfBouw’s best performing investment.By contrast, the scheme incurred a 6.5% loss on emerging market equities.It also lost 1% on its fixed income portfolio, with government bonds, credit and inflation-linked bonds delivering 0.1%, -1.6% and -4.1%, respectively.The scheme’s combined property holdings returned 1.6%, but its stake in global real estate produced 7%, it said.BpfBouw attributed the 16.6% private equity return to the maturing of the portfolio.However, the return on hedge funds did not exceed 0.1%, with Funded Asset Management generating a 3.3% loss.As a consequence, the scheme’s board decided to divest its FAA portfolio gradually.The pension fund said it spent €107 per participant on administration costs last year, adding that asset management and transactions cost 58 and 14 basis points of its asset under management, respectively.BpfBouw has almost 806,000 participants in total, affiliated with 11,620 employers.last_img read more

NASCAR Cup Series Awards leaving Las Vegas for Nashville

first_imgNASCAR pointed to Nashville’s Cup Series history in making the announcement, pointing out that Fairgrounds Speedway hosted 42 Cup Series races from 1958-84, with NASCAR’s top series visiting twice a year from 1973-84.The news of move to Music City was met by at least one popular former driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., with the light-hearted hope (prayer?) that the Cup Series might return to Nashville.Please lord make the move of the @NASCAR banquet to Nashville in any way influence the return of NASCAR to the @FGSpeedway pic.twitter.com/nAkRNUcIaE— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) March 6, 2019Meantime, the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series awards event will return to Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 22, a Friday. The NASCAR Cup Series Awards event is leaving the Las Vegas Strip for Music City, NASCAR announced Wednesday.Nashville will host the annual postseason awards celebration on Dec. 5, a Thursday, in downtown Nashville as part of Champion’s Week, ending a 10-year run in Vegas. Music City Classic: Nashville to host Monster Energy Series Awards in 2019.Details: https://t.co/Ps6l6tWbDt pic.twitter.com/y1k9HBCCXb— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 6, 2019“This year, we set a course to look at everything we do through a different lens, including how we celebrate the champions of our sport,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps said in statement. “Nashville’s energy, vibrant entertainment scene, and deep-rooted lineage in motorsports informed our decision and we believe our fans and industry will embrace the move to the Music City.”The awards event had been held in Las Vegas since 2009, when it was relocated from New York City, its home since its inception in 1981.last_img read more