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MMF exposure to European banks hits 12-month low

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 11:28

US money market funds (MMFs) reduced their exposure to European financial institutions by 18 per cent in December 2013, while Euro and Sterling MMFs reduced their exposures by eight per cent and six per cent respectively, according to Moody's Investors Service. »

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Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index down 0.29 per cent in January

Wed, 19/02/2014 - 10:01

The Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished down 0.29 per cent for the month of January, despite half of the ten sub-strategies recording positive returns. »


Hedge funds to reach USD3trn by year end 2014

Tue, 18/02/2014 - 13:32

Hedge funds are expected to reach a record breaking USD3trn by year end 2014, up from USD2.6trn as of 2013 year end, according to Deutsche Bank’s 12th annual Alternative Investor Survey. »

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Salus Alpha’s strategies deliver strong start to 2014

Tue, 18/02/2014 - 10:08

Salus Alpha’s strategies have delivered a good start to 2014 in terms of performance, according to a report by managed investment platform db Select. »


Limmat Capital to become investment manager of large balanced fund mandate

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 16:07

Limmat Capital Alternative Investments has been appointed to manage a large balanced fund mandate with assets under management of EUR196m. »

Rough diamonds

Hedge funds target rough diamonds as an investment, says IDX

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 13:26

Los Angeles-based Investment Diamond Exchange (IDX) has expanded its workforce to cater for an increasing number of hedge funds and other financial institutions acquiring rough diamonds for investment purposes. »


Saemor’s Europe Alpha Fund returns 2.8 per cent in January

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 12:20

Saemor Capital has reported a strong start to 2014 for its Europe Alpha Fund with a return of 2.8 per cent in January, despite the volatility caused by a sell-off in emerging markets. »


Commodity market increased slightly in January

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 06:02

Commodities increased in January due to supply worries in livestock and to weather fundamentals supporting the energy sector. »

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Smart beta to take centre stage at EDHEC-Risk Europe Days conference in London

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 16:07

Smart beta investing, efficient risk diversification, liability driven investment (LDI) strategies, infrastructure and fixed income investing are among the topics to be presented at the EDHEC-Risk Days Europe 2014. »

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SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance up 1.39 per cent in January

Fri, 14/02/2014 - 10:05

The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for January 2014 measured 1.39 per cent. »

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé

Dexia Asset Management rebrands as Candriam

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 14:05

Dexia Asset Management has launched a new brand identity following its acquisition by New York Life Investments on 3 February 2014. »

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Orangefield Columbus sees record growth in 2013

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 10:02

Fund administrator Orangefield Columbus, a service provider to hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, offshore mutual funds, family offices, funds of funds and hybrids, has seen record growth in 2013. »

Azad Zangana, European Economist, Schroders

BoE bamboozles with changes to forward guidance

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 15:23

Azad Zangana (pictured), European Economist, Schroders comments on the latest quarterly Inflation Report from the Bank of England… »


Concept Capital Markets publishes guide to launching alternative investment fund

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 14:27

Concept Capital Markets has published a new guide to launching an alternative investment fund. »

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Hedge funds redeemed USD10.4bn in December

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 10:09

Hedge funds had their biggest outflow of 2013 in December, redeeming USD10.4bn or 0.5 per cent of assets, according to the latest TrimTabs/BarclayHedge Hedge Fund Flow Report. »

Mutual funds

Permal Group launches alternative multi-manager mutual fund

Tue, 11/02/2014 - 14:00

Legg Mason’s affiliate Permal Group has launched the Permal Alternative Select Fund, its first open end alternative mutual fund. »


CBOE Holdings reports best Q4 results ever

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 13:33

CBOE Holdings has reported its best fourth quarter results ever, as well as record revenue and earnings for the full-year 2013, marking the third consecutive year of record financial results.  »


Fitch awards Ignis Absolute Return Government Bond Fund a ‘strong’ fund quality rating

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 12:09

Financial research firm Fitch Ratings has awarded the GBP2.5bn Ignis Absolute Return Government Bond Fund a “Strong” Fund Quality Rating following a recent fund review. »

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Lyxor Hedge Fund Index down 0.4 per cent in January

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 15:36

The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was down only 0.4 per cent in January, outperforming the MSCI World Index, which was down 3.8 per cent. »


Millionaire investors identify real estate as most popular alt asset class

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 12:03

The majority (77 per cent) of millionaire investors say they own real estate while 35 per cent say they own a related investment, real estate investment trusts (REITs). »


Two out of seven IndexIQ hedge fund replication indices positive in January

Thu, 06/02/2014 - 16:01

Just two of IndexIQ’s family of seven investable hedge fund indices recorded positive returns in January. »

Emerging market

Emerging market weakness in early January triggers broad de-risking by month-end, says GAM

Thu, 06/02/2014 - 10:05

Hedge fund managers began January broadly expecting the successful themes of the previous quarter to remain prevalent, according to Anthony Lawler, portfolio manager at GAM. »

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All Scientific Beta indices now have full transparency

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 16:00

ERI Scientific Beta has announced that all 2,958 smart beta indices available on its platform are now available with full transparency. »

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Credit Suisse LAB Index down 0.94 per cent in January

Wed, 05/02/2014 - 14:12

The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) Index was down 0.94 per cent in January. »

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All six Market Vectors hedge fund beta indices down in January

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 12:03

All six of Market Vectors’ investable hedge fund beta indices returned negative performance in January. »


Research will be paid from management fees, say European equity buy-side firms

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 11:33

European equity buy-side firms are struggling to pay for research by order flow alone, with nearly two-thirds saying research will eventually be paid from management fees, forcing radical change to payment models. »

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BNP Paribas Securities Services launches depositary banking business in Switzerland

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 06:03

BNP Paribas Securities Services, a global custodian with nearly USD8trn in assets under custody, has expanded its depositary banking business to the Swiss market. »


Ei-3 Top Performers Index outperforms the field

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 16:06

The Ei-3 Top Performers Index is a new, investable hedge fund benchmark designed to reflect alternative and diversified hedge fund strategies from the universe of hedge funds represented on the Exante platform.  »

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Major infrastructure investment reflects confidence in Jersey’s financial services industry

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 13:31

Recent major investment aimed at growth within Jersey’s financial services industry is a positive indicator of confidence within the market, according to Geoff Cook, chief executive of Jersey Finance. »

Scott Wolle, Invesco

Commodities: Is the bear market near its end?

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 13:07

Commodities have had a tough time since the global financial crisis, but are we starting to see the light appear a little sooner than forecast? Scott Wolle (pictured), chief investment officer for the Invesco Global Asset Allocation (IGAA) team, highlights why they maintain a constructive view of commodities and the role that they can play in Invesco’s portfolios… »


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