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Dysfunctional Markets sorting the hedge fund wheat from the chaff

Thu, 22/12/2011 - 12:03

The dysfunctional markets of 2011 (or should that be four years?) are making it difficult to provide investors with absolute returns. However over 50% of Australian Hedge Funds have provided a positive return over the past 12 months, demonstrating that investors should be increasing their allocation to hedge funds in 2012 - provided they invested in the right 50%.  »

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eFront opens Singapore office

Wed, 21/12/2011 - 10:00

eFront, a software provider of solutions for the alternative investment market, has opened a new office in the heart of Singapore’s financial and trade centre. »

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NYSE Technologies debuts Tokyo Liquidity Center

Fri, 16/12/2011 - 09:57

NYSE Technologies has opened its latest Liquidity Center installation located in Tokyo, Japan.  With growth in Asian markets outpacing many others in the world, the NYSE Technologies Tokyo Liquidity Center offers customers the ability to access these markets with unparalleled speed and reliability with minimal infrastructure costs and a dramatically decreased time to market of only a few weeks to begin trading.  »


Singapore’s RSR Capital returning money to external investors

Fri, 16/12/2011 - 00:14

RSR Capital, a Singapore-based volatility hedge fund manager established in August 2010 is returning money to e »

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Nippon Life Insurance Co favours private equity over hedge funds

Fri, 16/12/2011 - 00:08

Japan’s biggest life insurer, Nippon Life Insurance Co, which holds around USD640billion of assets, plans to invest more in privat »

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Capstone closes Singapore office

Fri, 16/12/2011 - 00:02

Capstone Investment Advisors has closed its Singapore office, its only Asian footprint, and decided to centralize its trading operations in London and its New York headquarters reported FINalter »

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Hendry’s bearish China position pays off

Fri, 16/12/2011 - 00:01

Hugh Hendry’s China short hedge fund, which seeks to profit from a Chinese slowdown by shorting the credit of companies with exposure to the mainland has proved to be one »

 Amy Bensted, manager, hedge fund data at Preqin.

Asian investors put faith in emerging hedge fund managers

Mon, 12/12/2011 - 10:19

While European and North American investors are shying away from investing in emerging manager hedge funds, Asian investors are increasingly keen to commit to such funds, the latest Preqin research shows. Fifty-eight percent of investors in the region are prepared to invest in emerging manager hedge funds, compared to 39% of European investors and 48% of those in North America. »

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Hedge funds continue to suffer losses in November

Thu, 08/12/2011 - 17:45

November proved to be another challenging month in what is proving to be one of the toughest years, performance-wise, for global hedge funds. »

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Highbridge makes Arjun Menon sole Asia head

Thu, 08/12/2011 - 17:41

Highbridge Capital Management LLC has appointed Arjun Menon as the firm’s Asia head as it looks to place more emphasis on high-yield credit, convertible bonds and volatility tra »

James Fallon, director of financing sales in Asia Pacific, Bank of America Corp

Former Lone Pine Capital and Goldman Sachs executives planning Asia hedge fund

Thu, 08/12/2011 - 17:37

A pair of former Lone Pine and Goldman Sachs executives are planning to raise USD1billion for a new Asia-focused hedge fund said sources familiar with the matter »


Singapore’s hedge fund industry could shrink on tighter regulation

Thu, 08/12/2011 - 17:34

Singapore’s USD53billion hedge fund industry could be under threat of shrinking on the back of new regulations that are expected to raise costs for small h »

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Japan and Singapore take the lead in OTC derivatives reform, says Celent

Wed, 07/12/2011 - 14:26

The leading Asian economies have been quite active in their quest for more centralised clearing in the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. Japan and Singapore have taken the lead in setting up clearinghouses to deal with OTC derivatives such as credit default swaps and interest rate swaps, according to a new report, OTC Derivatives Reforms in Asia: Challenging for the Buy Side, from Celent, a Boston-based financial research and consulting firm.


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EIP separates alpha and beta business in anticipation of increasing its ETF offering

Wed, 07/12/2011 - 12:00

Hong Kong based asset management firm, Enhanced Investment Products (EIP) makes strategic hires in a move to grow its alpha and beta business. Paul So, who joined the firm in May 2010 as Head of Beta Products, has been hiring key positions with a view to increasing the firm’s beta offering and moving his side of the business further into Exchange Traded Funds. »

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SGX derivatives, commodities and clearing activity continues to grow

Fri, 02/12/2011 - 14:32

Commodities and clearing activity rose in November from a year earlier while securities trading fell, according to the Singapore Exchange (SGX). »

Carl Huttenlocher, Myriad Opportunities Master Fund

Huttenlocher targets USD2billion for new hedge fund

Thu, 01/12/2011 - 19:59

Carl Huttenlocher (pictured), the former Asia head of Highbridge Capital Management LLC is aiming to raise upwa »

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Ex-SAC Capital Advisors trader prepares to launch EM-focused hedge fund

Thu, 01/12/2011 - 19:54

Ali Akay, a former trader at Steve Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors, is preparing to launch his emerging mark »

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Tokyo-based Edgebell Capital Co, aiming to launch global macro hedge fund in February

Thu, 01/12/2011 - 19:48

Masaru Koibuchi and Kazuho Suzuki, former bankers at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. »

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BarCap recruits new Tokyo-based hedge fund executive

Thu, 01/12/2011 - 19:45

Barclays Capital has appointed a new hedge fund executive, Nicholas Wright, as its head of global market »

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NYSE Liffe to open new office in Hong Kong

Tue, 29/11/2011 - 12:18

NYSE Liffe, the global derivatives business of NYSE Euronext (NYX), is opening an office in Hong Kong on 1 December 2011. NYSE Technologies already has an office in Hong Kong; and with NYSE Liffe offices in Singapore, Tokyo and now Hong Kong, the Exchange will further develop its derivatives business in the region. »

Mumtaz Khan, founder, Middle East & Asia Capital Partners

Maybank Islamic Berhad partners with Maybank MEACP to launch clean energy PE fund

Thu, 24/11/2011 - 18:15

Maybank Islamic Berhad has taken the decision to partner up with Singapore- »

Gutam Prakash, Monsoon Capital

Asian hedge funds ramping up transparency to attract institutional money

Thu, 24/11/2011 - 18:10

Asian hedge funds, battling to raise assets, are willing to give up their secrecy and provide clients with more control of their investments in a bid to secure institutional tickets reported Reuter »

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Asian Century Quest bullish on undervalued Chinese equities

Thu, 24/11/2011 - 18:07

Asian Century Quest, a New York-based hedge fund managing a USD272million e »

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Kinetic Partners & ACA Compliance Group to open Hong Kong office

Thu, 24/11/2011 - 18:05

Kinetic Partners and ACA Compliance Group, both regulatory and compliance advisory firms, are opening offices in Hong Kong next year as financial firms operating there look to gain a better underst »

Joanna Munro, Chief Executive, Asia Pacific, HSBC Global Asset Managemen

Institutional Asset Manager exclusive: HSBC Global Asset Management offers compelling case to invest in ‘dim sum’ bond market; gives investors food for thought

Wed, 23/11/2011 - 15:36

HSBC Global Asset Management gave a dim sum lunch presentation in London on Monday 21 November, during which the firm gave a positive review of the Chinese offshore RMB bond market and outlined the macro reasons for investing there. »

Peter Chesterfield, co-founder, Wessex Asset Management

Wessex Asset Management to close Asia hedge fund

Thu, 17/11/2011 - 20:29

UK-based Wessex Asset Management, founded by Peter Chesterfield (pictured) and Tim Weir in 1999, is reportedly closing three hedge funds »

Zhen Liu, E Fund Management

Asian hedge funds turn to family offices

Thu, 17/11/2011 - 20:18

Hedge funds running less than USD100million in Asia are turning to family offices and HNW investors reported Bloomberg this week. »

Chris Jenkins, managing director, TORA

Increased liquidity fragmentation in Asia creating demand for advanced smart routing technologies

Thu, 17/11/2011 - 20:10

TORA, Asia’s leading provider of advanced trading technology announce »

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Dymon Asia Capital hires former Brevan Howard trader

Thu, 17/11/2011 - 19:56

Dymon Asia Capital, whose assets Hedgeweek reported doubled between March and the summer this year, climbing to »

Christian Reuss, CEO, Scoach

Scoach receives licence from Hong Kong regulator

Tue, 15/11/2011 - 16:00

Scoach has been licensed by the Hong Kong regulator SFC (Securities and Futures Commission) to connect market participants in Hong Kong directly to the Xetra trading system. In the future, banks and brokers can use the Xetra network to place structured product orders for trading on Scoach. »

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