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Weekly Asia News (Friday)

MSCI launches Barra China Equity Model (CNE5)

Mon, 16/07/2012 - 14:03

MSCI, a provider of investment decision support tools, has launched the Barra China Equity Model (CNE5), which captures the short and long term dynamics of the Chinese local market and includes the latest advances in risk methodology. »

Goldman Sachs scales back prime brokerage business in Japan, HK start-up Maso Capital hires COO, Asian hedge funds deliver mixed results in June, and former Credit Suisse head of FX, APAC to launch Sydney-based hedge fund

Thu, 12/07/2012 - 18:57

The HFRI Emerging Markets: Asia ex-Japan Index gained 0.75 per cent in June, compared to an anemic 0.05 per cent return for the broader industry, according to He »

Dymon Asia hires CEO, panel discuss prospects of Korea’s HF industry, Galaxy shutters Ucits fund…Factorial Management selects Imagine Software for front through back office support

Thu, 05/07/2012 - 18:46

In a continuing sign that Asian hedge funds are ramping up their operational infrastructures, Dymon Asia Capital (Singapore) Pte, Asia’s best performing hedge fund in 2011, has hired David Chan as CEO reported Bloomberg this week. »

SGX derivatives, commodities, clearing volumes up

Wed, 04/07/2012 - 14:15

Singapore Exchange says derivatives, commodities and clearing activities grew in June from a year earlier while securities turnover was lower.   »

Daiwa sells global asset services division to SMTB

Tue, 03/07/2012 - 14:20

Daiwa Securities Group has signed a sale and purchase agreement to transfer its global asset services division to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. »

Tullet Prebion strengthens Asian-based AI team

Tue, 26/06/2012 - 13:12

Tullett Prebon has appointed Adrien Geliot to its Alternative Investments team. Geliot will be based in Hong Kong alongside Tim Chillington, who recently joined the team from GFI, strengthening Tullett Prebon’s reach into the Asian Alternative Investments Market. »

Two former Och-Ziff employees establish Maso Capital in HK, Man Group hires Peach as MD and head of Asian operations APAC, global hedge funds enjoy Japanese inflows after AIJ spooks pension funds

Thu, 21/06/2012 - 16:50

Before rounding up this week’s news, just a reminder to everyone that this year’s special report on Hong Kong’s hedge funds industry is now available. »

ABN AMRO Private Banking moves to Overweight on hedge funds

Tue, 19/06/2012 - 14:00

In its Q3 Investment Outlook ‘Gauging value’, published this week, ABN AMRO Private Banking upgrades hedge funds to Overweight from Neutral, citing global macro, CTA, relative value and event driven strategies as insurance against economic and policy risks. Long/short equities retain a negative rating.   »

LME board recommends HKEx cash offer

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 13:16

LME Holdings, HK Investment (UK) Limited and Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) have entered into a framework agreement regarding the terms of a recommended cash offer for the entire issued and outstanding ordinary share capital of LME Holdings by HKEx Investment, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of HKEx. »

ASIC winds up AUD3.6 million scheme

Fri, 15/06/2012 - 06:00

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has obtained orders in the Supreme Court of New South Wales to wind up an unregistered managed investment scheme operated by Secured Bond Ltd. »

EFG Asset Management and Ascalon Asia make key appointments, global hedge funds provide sanctuary for Asia’s smaller managers and HK’s Samena Asia Managers sees good seeding opportunities

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 12:44

EFG Asset Management, the asset management arm of EFG International announced this week the appointment of two Hong Kong-based executives to strengthen its senior management team in the region. Nigel Sze has been appointed Head of Asia and moves from EFG Bank Asia where he was deputy CEO and Head of Private Banking in Hong Kong. Prior to this Sze was Asia Head for HNW clients at Citi Global Wealth Management. »

HFA expands presence in China

Tue, 12/06/2012 - 10:48

In its continuing effort to support the global hedge fund industry through education and advocacy, the Hedge Fund Association (the HFA) has appointed Adam J Steinberg, a financial communications consultant in Beijing, as the new director of the association’s China chapter. »

Senrigan attracts USD50million co-investment allocation from BlackStone, Allan Bedwick shuts global macro strategy, whilst KKR receives USD225million pledge for second Asia-focused buyout fund

Thu, 07/06/2012 - 22:32

Asia ex-Japan hedge funds were down an estimated 4.11 per cent in May according to Eurekahedge, amid continued macro headwinds blowing out of Europe. »

Paladyne extends Global Capabilities to help clients meet Hong Kong short requirements

Wed, 30/05/2012 - 13:55

Paladyne Systems has extended its global capabilities in Paladyne Portfolio Master, its combined order management and portfolio management solution, to help clients meet the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission's (SFC) requirements for fund managers to disclose net short positions next month. »

Nikko AM expands manager selection business

Tue, 29/05/2012 - 14:00

Nikko Asset Management (Nikko AM) has appointed Aoifinn Devitt as Head of World Series Fund Platform to lead and manage the expansion of the company’s manager selection business from primarily Japan, to Europe and other parts of Asia. »

Phillip Securities acquires TOCOM broker membership

Fri, 25/05/2012 - 12:55

Phillip Securities Japan, a Japanese subsidiary of Phillip Capital, a major Singapore based financial institution, has acquired Broker Membership of The Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM), Japan’s largest commodity futures exchange »

Orvent Asset Management shuts door, Credit Suisse and Bank of America win regional prime brokerage market share, while KKR nears USD2billion for second Asian fund

Fri, 25/05/2012 - 01:40

Last year saw more than 140 Asia-focused hedge funds shut according to Eurekahedge and with capital raising continuing to be a challenge, Singapore-based Orvent Asset Management has »

DTCC to open data centre in Singapore

Tue, 22/05/2012 - 16:00

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) Global Trade Repository is to expand its operations into Singapore by establishing an Asian-based global data centre to ensure regulators have seamless access to data for systemic risk mitigation in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets.   »

Gottex acquires Penjing, India suffers outflow woes, Asian hedge funds post strong Q1 returns, AXA Investment Managers open Beijing office

Thu, 17/05/2012 - 22:16

AXA Investment Managers announced this week that it had obtained permission to open a representative office in Beijing having received its registration certificate from Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce.   »

NYSE Euronext and China Financial Futures Exchange sign MOU

Wed, 16/05/2012 - 13:34

NYSE Euronext (NYX) and the China Financial Futures Exchange (CFFEX) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote a bilateral partnership to support the development of the exchanges futures and options markets. »

China emerges as Asian HF capital

Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:34

Hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia posted industry-leading gains to start 2012, with the HFRI EM: Asia ex-Japan Index gaining 7.4 per cent in 1Q12, the best start for the index since 2006 when it gained 12.3 per cent, according to data released today by HFR. »

NYSE Liffe announces first colocation customer from Asia

Fri, 11/05/2012 - 13:19

NYSE Liffe, the European based derivatives business of NYSE Euronext, has announced GF Futures (Hong Kong) Co Ltd, a Hong Kong based subsidiary of GF Group, as its first colocation customer from Asia. »

Asia ex-Japan hedgies fall in April, Riley Paterson shutters fund and China’s CSRC considers letting the big crocodiles in

Thu, 10/05/2012 - 20:51

Asia ex-Japan hedge funds ended April down an estimated -0.58 per cent according to figures in the Eurekahedge index, leaving them up 4.84 per cent for the year. »

MarketPrizm trading infrastructure service in Japan, Australia and Singapore goes live

Thu, 10/05/2012 - 17:00

The first Asian segments of MarketPrizm’s global ultra low latency data distribution infrastructure are now live. Customers can use MarketPrizm’s ultra low latency network, PrizmNet Asia, to connect to markets in Tokyo (TSE and Chi-X Japan), Australia (ASX and Chi-X Australia) and Singapore (SGX). »

HSBC appoints head of prime services Asia

Thu, 10/05/2012 - 13:52

HSBC has appointed Melvyn Ford as Head of Prime Services, Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Ford will be responsible for the continued expansion of Prime Services operations in the region. »

Eze Castle opens HK office

Tue, 08/05/2012 - 13:29

Eze Castle Integration, a provider of strategic IT services, technology solutions and strategic consulting to hedge funds, has opened an office in Hong Kong. »

NASDAQ OMX selected as trading technology partner for the NZX

Fri, 04/05/2012 - 14:00

The NASDAQ OMX Group has been selected as technology partner for the New Zealand market (NZX). NASDAQ OMX will deliver its widely deployed X-stream technology to power NZX's trading platform. »

Asia industry AUM could rival Europe’s in five years’ time as second-generation talent evolves and China opens up its capital markets…Hugh Hendry, though, remains China bear

Thu, 03/05/2012 - 14:48

Much has been made of the poor performance of Asian hedge funds in 2011, particularly equity long/short strategies (which still dominate the regional industry) which ended th »

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