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James Williams, Hedgeweek

Hermes and CSOP team up to give investors access to China’s “sunshine” managers… UBS Global Asset Management launches 4 ETFs on LSE…

Sun, 28/09/2014 - 17:28

UBS Global Asset Management this week announced the listing of four ETFs on the London Stock Exchange. The funds track the Dow Jones Global Select Dividend and MSCI Emerging Markets SRI indices as well as the MSCI USA index. »


Fuchs & Associés Group launches Super ManCo

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 06:02

Fuchs & Associés Group has been granted authorisation by the CSSF for Fuchs Asset Management SA, its Luxembourg-based super management company (Super ManCo). »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Deutsche Bank survey shows that investor allocations to alternative UCITS have doubled year-on-year… ETF provider Source to launch first product in the US…

Sun, 21/09/2014 - 17:12

London-based Source, one of Europe’s leading ETF providers, this week announced that it was launching its first product in the US. Source’s first investment product to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange is the Source EURO STOXX 50 ETF, which offers highly liquid exposure to the largest blue chip stocks in the Eurozone.  »


CBI consults on enhancements to corporate governance for fund managers

Fri, 19/09/2014 - 17:00

The Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) has welcomed the consultation by the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) to enhance fund management company effectiveness and efficiency. »


Investor demand fuelling dramatic growth of hedge fund liquid alternatives, says DB study

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:04

The percentage of participating investors allocating liquid alternative investments rose from 28 per cent to 51 per cent year-on-year, according to a study by Deutsche Bank. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Milltrust to begin inviting frontier and emerging markets managers onto its EMMA UCITS platform… UAI Global gains 0.51 per cent in August…

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 08:39

Alceda Fund Management SA has teamed up with APN Property Group (“APN”), a specialist Asia Pacific real estate investment manager to redomicile a former Cayman fund to a Luxembourg SICAV Specialised Investment Fund (SIF). »

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VAM launches frontier markets fund

Tue, 02/09/2014 - 06:03

Specialist fund manager VAM has launched a Luxembourg-domiciled UCITS IV fund targeting the high growth potential of frontier market equities. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Vanguard cuts the costs to 25 of its ETFs and tracker funds … GAM launches US mortgage backed securities (MBS) UCITS fund…

Sun, 31/08/2014 - 09:54

Lyxor Asset Management has expanded its range of ETFs available on the London Stock Exchange with the launch of four new European equity products: »

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GAM launches GAM Star MBS Total Return Fund

Wed, 27/08/2014 - 14:03

GAM has launched the GAM Star MBS Total Return Fund – a UCITS-compliant version of an institutional investment strategy. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Net sales of long-term UCITS decline in June… Morgan Stanley launches MS Kairos Enhanced Selection UCITS fund…

Mon, 25/08/2014 - 18:58

Source, one of Europe’s leding providers of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), has launched the Source JP Morgan Macro Hedge Dual Vega Target 4% TR UCITS ETF. The ETF aims to provide cost-effective exposure to volatility and is the third ETF in the JP Morgan Macro Hedge series. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Lyxor’s ETF business grows by 14 per cent… Alternative UCITS funds lose 0.33 per cent on average for July…

Sun, 10/08/2014 - 11:54

Alternative UCITS funds absolute were slightly down in July with the UAI Global index losing 0.33 per cent according to Alix Capital, the index provider. »

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Valu-Trac launches absolute return fund

Tue, 05/08/2014 - 06:00

Valu-Trac Investment Management has launched the VT WoodHill Foundation Absolute Return Fund, a UCITS-compliant UK large-cap equity OEIC authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). »

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Alternative UCITS AUM reaches record levels in H1 2014, says Alceda

Fri, 01/08/2014 - 06:03

The first half of 2014 saw a new milestone reached in the alternative UCITS sector with assets under management (AUM) growing by 15.6 per cent to EUR184.2 billion, according to the Alceda Half Yearly UCITS Review. »

Guy Mettrick, SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services

Expanding support for alternative UCITS hedge fund managers

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:39

SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services (GAS) has been supporting UCITS funds from its Dublin operation since 1995 and non-UCITS funds since 1990. With the growth of alternative UCITS in full swing, the firm is already extending its support to alternative managers beyond its existing (long only) UCITS platform. »

Ian Swallow, Man Group

Dispelling the myths about alternative UCITS

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:36

By Ian Swallow – A framework, not an endorsement: The popularity of the UCITS ‘brand’ is beyond question and this continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the fund-management industry. Indeed, our own anecdotal experience suggests that investors outside of Europe often prefer to invest in a fund under the UCITS banner. »

Louis Zanolin, Alix Capital

Alternative UCITS enjoy strongest level of growth since 2009

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:29

“Over the first six months of this year there’s been an acceleration of AuM growth. According to our database, assets in alternative UCITS have grown by 24 per cent. This is the largest growth, in percentage terms, since we started tracking the universe at the end of 2009,” says Louis Zanolin (pictured), CEO of Alix Capital which runs the UCITS Alternative Index series. »

Jan Viebig, CEO and Head of Alternative Investments at Harcourt Investment Consulting

Research-driven funds designed to mitigate strategy-specific risk

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:26

Towards the end of 2013 Harcourt Investment Consulting, the alternatives arm of Vontobel Asset Management, launched a family of three funds under the moniker of “Research-Driven Strategies” (RDS). The objective of these funds was simple: to harvest strategy-specific risk premia in a UCITS fund structure and deliver to investors an absolute return profile independent of market conditions. »

Andrew Dreaneen, Schroders

Manager selection yields substantial results

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:23

Last year, the average long/short equity alternative UCITS fund returned 11.07 per cent according to Alix Capital. It was the first sign that these regulated funds could hold their own against their freewheeling offshore equivalents. »

Cyrus Amaria, deputy head of Alternative Investments at Lyxor

Plenty of room for growth as assets reach USD1bn

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:19

Last February, just before ESMA published its updated guidelines on ETFs and UCITS, Lyxor Asset Management made its first foray into the alternative UCITS space. Hand picked from its managed account platform, Lyxor launched the Lyxor/Tiedemann Arbitrage Strategy Fund, a merger arbitrage strategy run by TIG Advisors. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Alternative UCITS platforms record strong AuM growth

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:16

Market regulation and the desire among investors for regulated alternative funds has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for platform operators, particularly those supporting alternative UCITS. »

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All companies in La Française Group are now authorised AIFMs

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 10:04

La Française Group has obtained AIFM approval for all its management companies. »

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Sussex Partners to distribute Credit Suisse (Lux) Small and Mid Cap Alpha L/S Fund

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 17:54

Sussex Partners has signed an agreement with Credit Suisse to introduce the Credit Suisse (Lux) Small and Mid Cap Alpha Long/Short Fund to selected clients in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the UK and the Netherlands.   »


Majority of alt investment managers unprepared for AIFMD, says Alceda

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 14:02

With around a week to go before the deadline for authorisation, some 47 per cent of alternative investment fund managers have still not filed under the Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (AIFMD). »


Generali launches Luxembourg-based asset management company

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 12:17

Generali has launched a Luxembourg-based asset management company to focus on UCITS and alternative investment vehicles domiciled in Luxembourg. »


BNY Mellon and Insight Investment launch BNY Mellon Absolute Insight Fund

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 10:00

BNY Mellon Investment Management has launched the BNY Mellon Absolute Insight Fund, an Irish domiciled UCITS absolute return fund with daily liquidity.  »


CCPM launches balanced fund

Mon, 30/06/2014 - 10:06

Conservative Concept Portfolio Management (CCPM) in Bad Homburg has launched a new balanced fund, broadening the existing portfolio of absolute return funds. »

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BlackRock launches first UCITS multi-strategy absolute return fund for European investors

Wed, 25/06/2014 - 15:00

BlackRock has launched an absolute return fund for institutional investors in Europe to meet an expected increase in demand for regulated and liquid alternative investments. »

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SGSS launches European UCITS management company solution for asset managers

Tue, 24/06/2014 - 10:30

Societe Generale Securities Services (SGSS) has launched ManCo by SGSS, a management company solution to assist asset managers seeking access to the European market to set up and market UCITS. 

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Ivory UCITS fund launches on DB platform

Wed, 04/06/2014 - 16:50

Deutsche Asset & Wealth management and Ivory Investment Management have launched the UCITS compliant DB Platinum Ivory Optimal Fund on Deutsche Bank’s UCITS platform. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

BlackRock’s Fink raises concerns over leveraged ETFs… UCITS enjoy biggest quarterly net inflows since 2006…

Sun, 01/06/2014 - 11:15

Alceda Fund Management SA this week announced a new fund on its Alceda UCITS Platform (AUP). The CCMG Navigator – Tactical Fixed Income Fund, managed by Philadelphia-based Clark Capital Management Group, Inc. The Lux-domiciled fund continues the strategy of the Clark Capital Navigator Fixed Income Total Return Investment Solution, which launched in the US in 2005. »


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