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Launches & Fundraising

Orc extends connectivity to Borsa Istanbul

Orc extends connectivity to Borsa Istanbul

Tue, 25/08/2015 - 13:33

Orc, a specialist in electronic trading technology for listed derivatives, has launched certified connectivity to Borsa İstanbul enabling quoting and trading on Borsa İstanbul for all Orc clients using the Execution Bricks or the Orc Trading Bricks platforms.  »

Meridian Capital Management launches global macro hedge fund

Meridian Capital Management launches global macro hedge fund

Fri, 21/08/2015 - 13:31

Hong Kong-based investment advisory firm Meridian Capital Management has added a new Global Macro Hedge Fund’ to its existing hedge fund offering. The launch comes as the firm prepares to celebrates its 10th anniversary. »

Catalyst Funds converts multi-strategy hedge fund to a mutual fund

Catalyst Funds converts multi-strategy hedge fund to a mutual fund

Fri, 21/08/2015 - 09:14

Catalyst Funds, an alternative-focused mutual fund company, has launched the Catalyst/Auctos Multi-Strategy Fund (ACXIX), which first appeared in 2007 and was originally structured as a hedge fund managed by Auctos Capital Management. »

LME announces plans for market-making programmes

LME announces plans for market-making programmes

Thu, 20/08/2015 - 15:01

The London Metal Exchange (LME) is to introduce market-making programmes to support the launch of new products and enhance liquidity on existing contracts. These are the first programmes of their kind to be introduced by the LME in its 138-year history. »

Liquidnet launches global suite of Next Gen Algos

Liquidnet launches global suite of Next Gen Algos

Thu, 20/08/2015 - 07:39

Liquidnet has launched its Next Gen Algo suite, designed to enhance the trading performance of its asset manager Member community around the world with precision tools built to address the complexities of institutional trading. »

Real estate finance

Raising real estate capital in Boston

Wed, 19/08/2015 - 15:04

Preqin’s Real Estate Online provides comprehensive profiles for the 49 institutional investors based in Boston that actively invest in the real estate asset class, collectively representing over USD1.1 trillion in assets under management. The largest proportion of institutional investors are foundations, representing a quarter of investors located in the city. Boston has a strong private wealth industry; a fifth of real estate investors based in Boston are wealth managers and a further 14 per cent are family offices. »

CBOE launches hedge fund benchmarks with Eurekahedge

CBOE launches hedge fund benchmarks with Eurekahedge

Wed, 19/08/2015 - 07:38

Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has launched four new benchmark indexes in collaboration with Eurekahedge. Values for the new indexes will be available on CBOE's and Eurekahedge's websites beginning August 18. »

Fund raising

Real estate fundraising: Time on the road

Wed, 12/08/2015 - 12:17

The average time taken for private real estate funds to reach a final close so far this year is the longest it has ever been. This extract from Preqin Real Estate Spotlight: August 2015 explores the key trends that emerge when comparing time on the road to fundraising success and past performance in an increasingly competitive market. »

Sliced Investing launches alternatives platform for advisors

Sliced Investing launches alternatives platform for advisors

Wed, 12/08/2015 - 07:40

Sliced Investing, an online alternative investment platform that gives accredited investors access to elite investments like hedge funds and private equity, has launched Sliced Institutional.  »

 FTSE Russell expands Global Factor Index Series

FTSE Russell expands Global Factor Index Series

Tue, 11/08/2015 - 17:22

FTSE Russell has expanded the FTSE Global Factor Index Series, with the launch of two additional indexes intended to capture Dividend Yield and Momentum factors. »

BATS gets SEC approval to launch EDGX Options Market

BATS gets SEC approval to launch EDGX Options Market

Tue, 11/08/2015 - 07:41

BATS Global Markets (BATS) has received approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to launch its second options market – EDGX Options. BATS is planning to open the new market on Monday, 2 November, 2015. »

Markit launches centralised FX trade confirmation service

Markit launches centralised FX trade confirmation service

Mon, 10/08/2015 - 12:45

Markit. a provider of financial information services, has launched an FX trade confirmation service, which matches FX option trade terms to generate legally binding trade confirmations that are recorded centrally, allowing counterparties to manage trade lifecycle events more efficiently.  »

AcadiaSoft launches MarginSphere Xpress

AcadiaSoft launches MarginSphere Xpress

Fri, 07/08/2015 - 07:23

AcadiaSoft has completed the successful launch of its MarginSphere Xpress platform, an email messaging service which allows clients to leverage their investment in the firm’s industry-leading MarginSphere electronic messaging service for OTC derivatives by extending communications to counterparties who are currently not connected to the service.   »

American Capital raises USD450m CLO Equity Fund

American Capital raises USD450m CLO Equity Fund

Thu, 06/08/2015 - 13:20

American Capital is to launch American Capital CLO Fund I, LP, a new USD450 million fund focused on investing in equity tranches of collateralised loan obligations (CLOs).  »

Convergex Introduces Capital Commitment Crossing Algorithm

Convergex Introduces Capital Commitment Crossing Algorithm

Thu, 06/08/2015 - 12:42

Convergex, an agency-focused global brokerage and trading related services provider, has launched a new Capital Commitment Crossing Algorithm for options facilitation trading. »

Advent Capital expands UCITS family with Global Convertible Fund launch

Advent Capital expands UCITS family with Global Convertible Fund launch

Thu, 06/08/2015 - 09:30

Advent Capital Management UK has launched the Advent Global Convertible Fund, a UCITS-regulated umbrella fund domiciled in Ireland. »

Portcullis Asset Management launches in Malta as third-party AIFM

Portcullis Asset Management launches in Malta as third-party AIFM

Wed, 05/08/2015 - 13:58

Portcullis Asset Management Limited is launching as a Malta based Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) to assist alternative investment funds to comply with the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD). »

BofAML joins GMEX Exchange

BofAML joins GMEX Exchange

Wed, 05/08/2015 - 13:21

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) will be a participant of the GMEX Exchange when the exchange launches on 7 August 2015. BofAML will offer execution and clearing services, for the GMEX products, to its client base. »

Celoxica announces hardware-accelerated OPRA ticker plant

Celoxica announces hardware-accelerated OPRA ticker plant

Mon, 03/08/2015 - 13:48

Celoxica, a provider of accelerated market data, order entry and pre-trade risk solutions for the electronic trading community, has launched the Celoxica Ticker Plant (CTP) for OPRA. »

Voth Nixon Group launches alternative investment multi-asset fund

Voth Nixon Group launches alternative investment multi-asset fund

Fri, 31/07/2015 - 13:22

Voth Nixon Group has launched the VNX Alternative Investment Multi-Asset Fund (AIMAF), which is designed to capitalise on VNX’s long-standing hedge fund solution strategy. »

 Thomas Miller Investment launches two new bond funds

Thomas Miller Investment launches two new bond funds

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 14:27

Thomas Miller Investment (TMI), a member of the 129 year old Thomas Miller Group of companies, has launched two new Dublin-domiciled, UCITS compliant bond funds. »

CBOE and SGX to launch CBOE Options Institute at SGX

CBOE and SGX to launch CBOE Options Institute at SGX

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 13:49

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) is collaborating with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to launch the first international extension of the world-renowned CBOE Options Institute. The "CBOE Options Institute at SGX" is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2015. »

Ivy Funds partners with Apollo Credit Management to two income-oriented funds

Ivy Funds partners with Apollo Credit Management to two income-oriented funds

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 09:25

Ivy Investment Management Company is launching two new income-oriented mutual funds in partnership with Apollo Credit Management that, once approved by the SEC, are scheduled to become available in October. »

Money

Private equity fund performance and dry powder update: Q2 2015

Wed, 29/07/2015 - 00:18

Featuring the latest data, this extract from the Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Equity, Q2 2015 looks at the rising amount of dry powder in the industry and up-to-date performance statistics. »

Lawson Conner launches new cyber security programme Lawson Conner Guardian

Lawson Conner launches new cyber security programme Lawson Conner Guardian

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 13:26

Lawson Conner has launched Lawson Conner Guardian, a comprehensive set of solutions to help protect fund managers and financial services firms from the increasing threats of cyber security.  »

FTSE Russell launches new ex Coal Index Series

FTSE Russell launches new ex Coal Index Series

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 13:24

FTSE has launched the FTSE All-World ex Coal Index Series, a suite of benchmarks that will omit companies that have certain exposure to coal or general mining companies with proved and probable coal reserves.  »

VAM Funds launches long-short global best ideas fund 

VAM Funds launches long-short global best ideas fund 

Tue, 28/07/2015 - 13:20

VAM Funds has launched the Focused Global Equity Fund, a best ideas strategy incorporating portfolio hedging to reduce volatility and downside risk.  »

Analysis

Hedge fund launches in Q2 2015

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 09:57

The latest hedge fund launch data is analysed in this extract from the Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds, Q2 2015, which looks at the structure, location, investment focus and strategy of hedge funds launched in the second quarter. »

Nasdaq launches 'NFX' to trade energy derivatives

Nasdaq launches 'NFX' to trade energy derivatives

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 07:25

Nasdaq has launched Nasdaq Futures, a US-based platform that will initially offer futures and options on oil, natural gas and US power benchmarks, with a fee holiday for the first nine months of trading. All products will be cleared through The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC). »

ESMA consults on UCITS remuneration guidelines

ESMA consults on UCITS remuneration guidelines

Fri, 24/07/2015 - 07:27

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a consultation on proposed Guidelines on sound remuneration policies under the UCITS V Directive and AIFMD.  »

features
Article
survey

The Preqin Special Report: Private Debt Fund Manager Outlook features exclusive survey results drawn from over 100 private debt fund managers worldwide. This extract discusses what fund managers have highlighted as the biggest issues facing the industry and their views on regulation. ... »

Special report
Cybersecurty for Hedge Funds

Cybersecurity for Hedge Funds

Thu, 30/07/2015 - 11:00

Cybersecurity is no longer simply an IT issue, it is now a business issue. This is the conclusion of the experts and fund managers around the world whose opinions were polled for this landmark Hedgeweek Special Report, which outlines Best Practices for Cybersecurity in a fast-changing environment where managers need to keep several steps ahead of cyber criminals... »

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Hedge fund manager outlook on the AIFMD

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 19:52

The introduction of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) into European law in 2013 was part of a series of moves towards greater regulatory oversight of the hedge fund industry in recent years. In our survey, we asked hedge fund managers for their views on the effect of these new regulations on the industry as well as their expectations about the impact of the AIFMD on their firm over the next 12 months, the results of which are analyzed in this extract from the Preqin Special Report: AIFMD in the Hedge Fund Industry – 2015 Update. ... »

Article
Ken MacCuish, Intralinks

A couple of years ago, the title Chief Information Security Officer, or CISO for short, was a foreign concept within the hedge fund community. The winds have changed, however, as hedge funds become increasingly targeted by cyber hackers, causing many to hire a CISO to uphold the network integrity of the firm.  ... »

Article
Sovereign Wealth Funds

Sovereign wealth funds, though small in number and secretive in nature, wield considerable influence as investors as a result of their sizeable assets under management. This extract is taken from Preqin’s latest report which features exclusive content from the 2015 Preqin Sovereign Wealth Fund Review.  ... »

Special report
Hedgeweek Special Report: Hedge Fund Administration

Hedge Fund Administration 2015

Tue, 16/06/2015 - 09:57

Mergers and acquisitions in recent years have changed the face of hedge fund administration. Big custodial banks are likely to dominate the HFA space in years to come, forming one part of a barbell with a number of well-run, well-capitalised independent HFAs on the other end. This report examines the implications for both hedge funds and their administrators... »

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