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Weekly Asia News (Friday)

Weekly Asia News (Friday)
Hans Schalikier. Hedgeweek

Hedge funds hit record high AUM… hedge fund make worst start to a year since 2008…

Thu, 24/04/2014 - 18:37

Hedge funds up 0.87 per cent in Q1 2014, with fund managers delivering performance-based gains of USD21 billion and recording net asset inflows of USD38 billion over this period – bringing the current AUM of the global hedge fund industry to USD2.07 trillion, a new record high. »

Hong Kong

Kinetic Partners promotes two in Hong Kong team

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 16:13

Kinetic Partners, the global financial services advisory firm, has made two promotions in its team in Hong Kong. »

Taiwan

Clearstream opens account with Taiwanese central securities depository

Tue, 15/04/2014 - 10:20

Clearstream has reached a key milestone for developing a direct settlement link to the Taiwanese market by opening an account with the Taiwanese central securities depository. »

Handshake and money

BTIG secures CLSA investment

Mon, 14/04/2014 - 16:00

BTIG, a financial services firm specialising in institutional trading and related brokerage services, has secured a strategic investment from CLSA. »

Handshake

Kinetic Partners makes promotions across global teams

Mon, 14/04/2014 - 14:02

Financial services advisory firm Kinetic Partners has made promotions across its global teams.  »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds up 1.05 per cent in Q1… Hedge funds attract USD30bn in Q1…

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 18:30

The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.05 per cent in Q1 of this year even as hedge funds recorded another month of negative returns in March. »

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Trust selects Linedata for fund administration services

Thu, 03/04/2014 - 12:35

The Hong Kong Trust Company has chosen and implemented Linedata Admin Edge to provide fund administration servicing for its client base of individuals, family offices, intermediaries and corporations. »

Singapore

SGX proposes new electricity futures

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 16:00

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is consulting the public on the proposed introduction of SGX Uniform Singapore Energy Price (USEP) Quarterly Base Load Electricity Futures. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asia-focused funds add USD20bn in assets in 2013… CSV China Opps fund outperforms all relevant benchmarks…

Thu, 27/03/2014 - 22:07

Asia-focused hedge funds added USD20 billion in assets in 2013, American funds dominate global AUM, according to a survey from tracker AsiaHedge. The industry still remains about USD33 billion below its peak asset level hit in 2007, but the twice-a-year survey shows that investors are starting to return, reports Reuters. »

Man with laptop

Nomura expands use of Charles River IMS to fixed income, FX and derivatives operations

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 14:00

Nomura Asset Management has migrated its Japanese equity business onto the Charles River Investment Management Solution (Charles River IMS), and is expanding its use across the firm's domestic and international fixed income, foreign exchange and derivatives operations.  »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Golvis Asia Fund returns 38 per cent in two months… Strauss-Kahn hedge fund aims to raise USD2 billion…

Thu, 20/03/2014 - 23:19

A Japan-focused multi-strategy hedge fund run by three former Goldman Sachs Group Inc managing directors returned 38 per cent in its first two months, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. »

Singapore

Harneys opens Singapore office

Mon, 17/03/2014 - 11:19

Harneys is opening an office in Singapore on 7 April.  »

Hong Kong

UBS tried to rig Hong Kong interest rate, says regulator

Fri, 14/03/2014 - 13:24

Traders at UBS tried to rig the Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate (HIBOR), an investigation has found. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds recover from early 2014 losses… survey scrutinizes hedge fund manager credibility…

Thu, 13/03/2014 - 18:12

Hedge funds were up 1.83 per cent in February 2014, according to Eurekahedge, recovering from their losses in the start of the year as the MSCI World Index posted gains of 3.87 per cent during the month. »

Singapore

SGX China A50 futures and Nikkei 225 options are fastest growing contracts globally

Thu, 13/03/2014 - 14:11

The FTSE China A50 futures and Nikkei 225 options traded on Singapore Exchange (SGX) topped the global equity derivatives category between 2008 and 2013, according to the Futures Industry Association (FIA) Annual Volume Survey. »

Document and pen

US CFTC and Financial Services Agency of Japan sign MOC on cross-border regulated entities

Tue, 11/03/2014 - 14:26

Leaders of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) regarding the supervision and oversight of regulated entities that operate on a cross-border basis in the US and Japan. »

Document signing

SGX and Dalian Commodity Exchange sign MOU

Tue, 11/03/2014 - 06:01

Singapore Exchange (SGX) and Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on promoting the development of commodities markets in China and Singapore. »

Dubai

Tullett Prebon AI expands into Middle East

Mon, 10/03/2014 - 12:04

Interdealer-broker Tullett Prebon’s alternative investments (AI) team has opened an office in Dubai to serve the Middle East market. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asian fund managers start the year with low net exposure… ex-3i Asia head to launch hedge fund…

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 09:13

Asian hedge fund specialists GFIA said Asian fund managers ended January with low net exposures, with selective net short exposures in countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. »

Singapore

SGX Asian index futures contracts granted CTFC approval

Thu, 06/03/2014 - 06:08

US investors can now trade the Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) latest suite of Asian index futures: SGX MSCI Thailand Index Futures, SGX-PSE MSCI Philippines Index Futures and SGX MSCI India Index Futures. »

Fiona Le Poidevin

Bringing together Middle Eastern money and managers

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 16:02

Fiona Le Poidevin (pictured) of Guernsey Finance explains why Guernsey is an attractive place for Mena family offices to allocate their investments… »

Hans Schlaikier. Hedgeweek

EM and Japanese funds lose out in January… new Asian hedge funds raise less…

Thu, 27/02/2014 - 17:20

As global markets plunged in the first month of the Chinese New Year, the trades that generated the most profit in 2013 came under fresh critique. One of the most noteworthy dips was seen in Japanese markets, where the Nikkei fell nearly 10 per cent in the last month and the yen gained 3 per cent against the US dollar.  »

Indonesia

Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange partners with GMEX Group and ECC

Mon, 24/02/2014 - 12:13

Indonesia Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (ICDX), also known as PT Bursa Komoditi dan Derivatif Indonesia (BKDI), has signed a memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Börse backed Global Markets Exchange Group International (GMEX Group). »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds start 2014 in negative territory… Asian hedge fund launches up 20 per cent…

Fri, 21/02/2014 - 09:01

According to Preqin’s Hedge Fund Analyst, hedge funds made a loss of 0.17 per cent in January 2014, the benchmark’s first month in negative territory since August 2013. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asian hedge fund industry hits record in 2014… Ex-Goldman and Noble traders to launch Asian hedge fund…

Thu, 13/02/2014 - 17:24

Investor capital continued to pour into the Asian hedge fund industry in late 2013 and early 2014, with record inflows and performance driving total investor capital to surpass the record level set in 2007, prior to the 2008 Financial Crisis. »

Gavel and scales

Two Hong Kong-based firms to pay USD11m for insider trading

Wed, 12/02/2014 - 15:32

Two Hong Kong-based asset management firms, whose accounts were frozen in a major insider trading case by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), have agreed to pay nearly USD11m to settle the charges against them. »

Gold bars

Asian vaults see rise in storage of new gold purchases

Mon, 10/02/2014 - 06:03

Online precious metals trading platform GoldMoney has seen an increase in new gold purchases being stored in its Asian vaults, but a slowing down in the movement of gold from its western vaults to those in the east. »

Money and calculator

SGX to revise fees for securities market

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 16:06

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is revising the fee structure for its securities market to make trading more cost-efficient and to facilitate market making and improve liquidity. »

Simgapore

First Derivatives opens Singapore office

Fri, 07/02/2014 - 06:05

First Derivatives, a provider of software and consulting services to global investment banks, brokers, hedge funds and exchanges, has opened a Singapore office.  »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds down in January… Global ETFs overtake hedge funds…

Thu, 06/02/2014 - 19:55

Hedge funds fell 0.24 per cent to open 2014 – but not as much as the broader markets. The average hedge fund shed 0.24 per cent in January, according to Hedge Fund Research's HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. But the benchmark managed something it rarely accomplished last year: besting the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, which fell more than 3 per cent last month. »

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