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Asia ex-Japan hedgies fall over 1 per cent in June

Thu, 14/07/2011 - 19:28

A combination of tough volatility in the commodity markets and continuing fears over Greece’s sovereign debt crisis (not to mention the contagion spilling over into Portugal, Italy and Irelan »

Hong Kong

Nomura prop trading head Fuchs plans USD400million hedge fund

Thu, 14/07/2011 - 19:26

The head of Nomura Holdings Inc’s Global Opportunities Group prop trading desk, Benjamin Fuchs, is planning to start his own hedge »

Craig Turnbull, CEO, Agincourt

Agincourt Capital launches first-of-class RMB real estate fund

Thu, 14/07/2011 - 19:24

Agincourt Capital, a global real estate funds management company based in Hong Kong and with offices in London and Australia, today (14 July) launched its RMB-denominated conver »


Marex Spectron becomes first broker to offer Chinese coal swaps

Mon, 11/07/2011 - 14:22

Marex Spectron Group, the global commodities and financial markets brokerage, has become the first broker to offer coverage of the Chinese coal swaps market. »

Peter Tierney, vice president, NYSE Technologies

NYSE Technologies goes live with Risk Management Gateway on Singapore Exchange

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:42

Risk Management Gateway, the pre-trade risk management service offered by < »


Dymon Asia Capital doubles assets to more than USD1billion

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:40

Singapore-based Dymon Asia Capital has seen its assets double since March to over USD1billion thanks to the outperformance of its Asia m »

Team building

HSBC snatches talent from rivals as it rolls out combined prime brokerage and custody service, Hong Kong

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:38

Following HSBC’s first foray into the competitive arena of prime broking when its prime services unit went live in Hong Kong last week, t »


Shanghai’s Citic Securities launches RMB hedge fund

Thu, 07/07/2011 - 14:37

Citic Securities International Fund Management, based in Shanghai, launched last month a RMB-denominated hedge fund focusing on FX and fixed income reported H »

Aref Karim, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of QCM

QCM establishes business development office in Tokyo

Wed, 06/07/2011 - 06:00

Quality Capital Management (QCM), the UK-based systematic macro hedge fund manager, has established an office in Tokyo, headed by Osamu Nishimura, Head of Business Development for Japan. The official opening of QCM’s office in Japan enables the firm to further develop its investor base in Japan and the wider Asia Pacific region. »

Buildings in Shanghai, China

Ogier expands into mainland China

Tue, 05/07/2011 - 06:00

Ogier has opened an office in Shanghai as the offshore law firm further expands its worldwide network. The move is at the heart of Ogier's strategy to provide the most innovative and comprehensive multi-jurisdictional services, through a significant presence in each of the world's key financial centres and across all time zones. »

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China’s Choi family to buy RAB Capital funds

Thu, 30/06/2011 - 17:00

Following the news that RAB Capital was de-listing from the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on the LSE due to client redemptions, the Fi »

Risk blocks

Risk management high on agenda for Asian hedge funds

Thu, 30/06/2011 - 16:57

Singapore-based Vulpes Investment, set up by former Artradis founder Stephen Diggle, has a secret weapon to attract institutional assets: Bert V »


Newedge bolsters prime brokerage team, Sclater joins as APAC regional head

Thu, 30/06/2011 - 16:56

Newedge this week announced several key additions to its Prime Brokerage Or »


State Street introduces suite of hedge fund services to APAC

Thu, 30/06/2011 - 16:52

Asia Pacific is viewed as a key growth market for State Street’s Alternative Investment Solutions division, following the firm’s decision to launc »

Dim Sum

Moody's answers investor questions on Hong Kong's Renminbi bonds

Wed, 29/06/2011 - 13:46

Moody's Investors Service has released a report addressing investors' frequently asked questions on the rating agency's approach to analysing and rating so-called "dim-sum" and synthetic Renminbi bonds from Chinese companies – bonds issued outside China, typically in Hong Kong, but denominated in Chinese currency, the Renminbi (RMB). »

Tick mark

PCA investments obtains SFC license, set to become Asia’s 2nd biggest launch

Thu, 23/06/2011 - 15:31

Asia is gearing up for its second largest hedge fund launch this year. »

Shuhei Abe, president and chief executive, SPARX

SPARX Group aims for USD100million Japan reconstruction fund

Thu, 23/06/2011 - 15:24

Asia’s second largest hedge fund manager, Tokyo-based SPARX Group, plans to raise up to USD100million over the next year for a real estate fund that will invest in companies building t »

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Asian hedge fund assets hit USD134billion

Thu, 23/06/2011 - 15:21

Despite market volatility and aggressive selling of China equities in May, which saw Shanghai’s CSI 300 Index fall 6.5 per cent, Asia ex-Japan hedge funds actually did well in attracti »

Hong Kong at night

SFC to challenge Tiger Asia court ruling

Thu, 23/06/2011 - 15:19

The Hong Kong SFC has lost round one in the legal challenge to ban New York-based hedge fund, Tiger Asia Management LLC, from trading in the ci »

Guido Mundt, CEO of Oddo AM

Oddo AM develops alternative management offer

Mon, 20/06/2011 - 14:00

Oddo Asset Management is stepping up its development and launching a dedicated M&A alternative management activity. This absolute performance strategy mainly consists of investing in companies which are takeover targets, taking advantage of the difference between the share price and the price offered by the buyer. »

Man speaking through loud hailer

Aussie hedge funds outperform local equity market in May

Sun, 19/06/2011 - 12:40

May was undoubtedly a difficult month on global equity and commodity markets, and Australia's were no exception. The ASX 200 lost over 2.3% having been down over 5% at one stage, but in spite of this the Absolute Return and Hedge Fund sector continued to protect investors' capital. With 60% of results received to date the average fund, whilst negative, has outperformed the local equity market by close to 2%, and the S&P 500 by 1%. »

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Asia-Pac ETP AUM proved resilient to bear markets

Sun, 19/06/2011 - 10:05

After China, Korea raised interest rates for the third time this year from 3% to 3.25% to rein in inflation. Slowing U.S. economic recovery and inflationary concerns have kept the Asian markets on back foot during the last week. Japan (Nikkei 225) was the only market which recorded a gain (+0.23%), while Korea (KOSPI2) declined by 3.51%, China (CSI 300) retreated by 0.82%, Hong Kong (HSI) decreased by 2.31%, Singapore (FSSTI) sank by 2.14% and Australia (S&P/ASX 200) slipped by 0.46%. »

Hong Kong

Short selling on the rise in Hong Kong

Thu, 16/06/2011 - 14:21

With China having just announced the highest inflation levels in 34months and fervent speculation that further monetary tightening will be needed, short selling »

Lee Porter, Head of Asia Pacific. Liquidnet

Liquidnet makes two new hires in Australia and Singapore

Thu, 16/06/2011 - 14:18

Liquidnet, the off-exchange international liquidity provider that connects buy-side institutional investors, tr »

Handshake with globe

Pictet AM hires Asia total return expert

Thu, 16/06/2011 - 14:15

Pictet Asset Management, the institutional asset management arm of Geneva-h »

Mark Stockley, Head of International Cash, BlackRock

JP Morgan & BlackRock launch APAC Same Day Settlement platform

Thu, 16/06/2011 - 14:12

US investment banking giant JP Morgan announced this week that it had launched a Same Day Settlement platform in Asia Pacific with leading global investment management firm BlackRock. »

plant growing from seed out of the ground

NewAlpha AM and Woori Absolute Partners launch a joint venture to seed Asian managers

Thu, 16/06/2011 - 14:11

NewAlpha Asset Management and Woori Absolute Partners (WAP), the Singapore-based alternative investment arm of Woori Investment Securities have teamed up in a joint venture venture to launch a seeding vehicle focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. »

Trading screens

JP Morgan and BlackRock launch same day settlement platform for Asia-Pacific

Tue, 14/06/2011 - 12:00

JP Morgan and BlackRock have launched a Same Day Settlement platform in Asia Pacific. The Asian Same Day Settlement service, which is provided by JP Morgan’s transfer agency business, will provide BlackRock’s institutional clients based in Asia with the opportunity to process trades during Asian business hours and to receive the same day use of the funds. »

Asia ex-Japan hedgies down 2.59 per cent for May

Asia ex-Japan hedgies down 2.59 per cent for May

Thu, 09/06/2011 - 17:18

May was a difficult month for hedge funds globally. »

Three fingers

Cube Capital to build out research team with three new hires

Thu, 09/06/2011 - 17:16

Cube Capital, the global hedge fund manager with offices in London and Hong Kong, has made strengthening its re »

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