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Non-US companies raised USD10.5bn through depositary receipts in 2013, says Citi

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 15:15

The market for non-US companies raising capital in depositary receipt (DR) form remained strong in 2013, with USD10.5bn in DR capital raised. »


Increased risk but a positive 2014 for US leveraged credit, says DDJ

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 14:08

DDJ Capital Management is forecasting increased risk in 2014 along with positive returns for investors in non-investment grade bonds and leveraged loans, which comprise the US leveraged credit market. »

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Investor shift to alternative investments is credit positive for asset managers, says Moody’s

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 12:02

The structural shift among investors toward greater asset allocation to alternative investments will benefit asset managers with expertise in alternative asset classes, according to Moody’s Investors Service. »


Funds to bet billions on European distressed opportunities as liquidity floods markets

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 10:02

Macro headwinds permitting, 2014 is set to remain awash with liquidity and rampant primary markets will enable companies to refinance and private equity groups to extract more dividends and hit the acquisition trail again. »

Emerging markets currencies

S&P Emerging Markets Domestic Demand Index launched

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 06:03

S&P Dow Jones Indices has launched the S&P Emerging Markets Domestic Demand Index, which is designed to measure the performance of companies that capture a major engine of growth within the emerging markets – domestic demand.  »


Reducing UK’s national debt for 2014 should be priority, says CISI survey

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 16:00

Reducing the UK’s national debt should be Chancellor George Osborne’s priority in 2014, according to a survey carried out by the Chartered Institute for Securities Investment (CISI). »

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Sapient Global Markets and Energy Data Hub launch energy markets benchmarking service

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 12:18

Sapient Global Markets and The Energy Data Hub (EDH) have launched an energy markets benchmarking service available to EDH platform users. »

Keith Wade, Schroders

US growth pick up may be too much of a good thing

Wed, 29/01/2014 - 13:10

Schroders Chief Economist and Strategist Keith Wade updates us on his thoughts on the pace of the current US economic growth… »


Global companies returned to capital markets in 2013, says DR report

Wed, 29/01/2014 - 10:06

Investor demand for international diversification helped propel a sharp rise in capital raisings using depositary receipts (DR) in 2013, with 51 transactions coming from companies based in 20 countries, a jump of 65 per cent on 2012. »

Dermot Butler, President, Custom House Group

2014 – The regulatory quagmire continues

Tue, 28/01/2014 - 16:31

By Dermot Butler, President, Custom House Group – In a weak moment I agreed to a request to write this paper, giving my predictions on the hedge fund space in 2014.  Anyone who is prepared to predict the future must either be very wise and knowledgeable (not me for sure), very lucky (which I have been over the years) or most likely, stupidly arrogant, (probably stupid but I hope not arrogant).  However, having agreed, I had no choice but to sit down, pick up my pen and collect my thoughts, concentrating on the administration sector. »


NYSE Liffe to launch futures on MSCI Factor Indices

Tue, 28/01/2014 - 10:45

NYSE Liffe is to expand its index derivatives franchise with the launch of futures based on MSCI Factor Indices. »

Geoff Roddick, International Management Services

Independent Directors: Considerations and Queries

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 17:41

Picking the right independent director is not as simple as you might think. Geoff Ruddick of International Management Services (pictured) takes a look at the key things to consider… »


Union Bancaire Privée increases assets under management by 10 per cent

Mon, 27/01/2014 - 10:04

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has reported a 10 per cent year-on-year rise in its assets under management to CHF87.7bn (USD98.6bn) as at 31 December 2013 from CHF80bn at the end of 2012. »


Positive stock performance behaviour following company stock buyback actions

Fri, 24/01/2014 - 12:01

US firms that authorise and announce share repurchase programmes, aka buybacks, have historically shown statistically and economically significant outperformance following the announcements, according to a report issued by S&P Capital IQ. »

David Absolon, Heartwood Investment Management

2014 bond outlook

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 14:30

David Absolon (pictured), Investment Director at Heartwood Investment Management, examines the outlook for bonds in 2014… »

Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Guernsey still leads in LSE listings

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 14:00

Guernsey has more entities listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) than any other jurisdiction globally excluding the UK, according to figures from the market authority. »

Currency cogs

Ven digital currency to be listed and traded on LMAX

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 12:07

LMAX, the regulated multilateral trading facility (MTF), has agreed to list Ven, enabling brokers, banks and institutions to trade the global digital currency. »


Event driven best performing LAB strategy in 2013

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 11:39

Event driven was the best performing liquid alternative beta (LAB) strategy in 2013, finishing up 11 per cent due primarily to Russell 2000 and iBoxx High Yield Bond exposures, according to Credit Suisse Asset Management. »

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V2 Capital secures USD200m investment in V2 Hedged Equity Strategy

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 10:09

V2 Capital, an SEC-registered investment advisor, has received a USD200m allocation from a Fortune 500 insurance company to the V2 Hedged Equity Strategy. »

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TMF Group signs as Charter Institution on DealVector

Wed, 22/01/2014 - 14:09

DealVector, provider of the first identity-protected communication network for the fixed income and structured credit space, has signed TMF Group as a Charter Institution. »

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World’s first Bitcoin derivatives platform surpasses USD35m in trades

Wed, 22/01/2014 - 06:01, the world’s first bitcoin derivative trading platform, has brokered over USD35m in trades since its foundation and is preparing for more growth as its user base passes 3,300 active users. »


Mariner closes USD450m in new infrastructure investment strategy

Tue, 21/01/2014 - 16:06

Mariner Investment Group has closed on two new client mandates, launching Mariner Infrastructure Investment Management (MIIM), Mariner's bank deleveraging and regulatory capital management investment business.  »


Renegade urges shareholders to reject attempted board takeover by FrontFour

Tue, 21/01/2014 - 13:32

Renegade Petroleum has issued an open letter advising shareholders to reject an attempted takeover of the firm’s board by FrontFour Capital Group, a dissident group headed by US hedge fund manager Zachary George. »

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Quality of asset-backed securities continues to climb, says Swiss & Global

Tue, 21/01/2014 - 12:08

New regulatory requirements are improving the quality of the European market for asset-backed securities, according to Swiss & Global. »

Simon Laing, Invesco Perpetual

Obamacare and the pressure to reduce healthcare costs

Mon, 20/01/2014 - 16:03

As the initial problems of ‘Obamacare’ are ironed out, Simon Laing, Head of US Equities at Invesco Perpetual, looks at the effect this may have on the US healthcare sector in 2014… »


Oaktree Capital Management launches CLO

Mon, 20/01/2014 - 12:14

Oaktree Capital Group and its subsidiaries have priced Oaktree CLO 2014-1 Ltd, a USD516.5m collateralized loan obligation (CLO). »


2014 inflows for hedge funds set to be best since 2007, says Barclays survey

Mon, 20/01/2014 - 10:09

The hedge fund industry could see up to USD80bn in net flows during 2014 – an increase of nearly 25 per cent over 2013 and the largest amount since 2007 – as well as almost USD285bn of reallocations during the year. »

Managed futures

Barclay CTA Index gains 0.52 per cent in December

Mon, 20/01/2014 - 06:03

Managed futures gained 0.52 per cent in December, according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. »


Institutions poised to increase real estate and real asset allocations, says survey

Fri, 17/01/2014 - 16:01

Major institutional investors are poised to increase their allocations to alternative investments, with a bias towards real estate and real assets, during 2014, according to a survey by BlackRock. »

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Liquid Holdings examines relationship between hedge funds and prime brokers

Fri, 17/01/2014 - 15:04

Prime brokers and hedge funds have a longstanding relationship in the overall hedge fund ecosystem. »



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