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Weekly Asia News (Friday)

South Korea

Korea Securities Depository and Clearstream agree on investment fund cooperation

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:00

Korea Securities Depository (KSD) and Clearstream are supporting cross-border investment fund distribution by linking KSD’s FundNet and Clearstream’s global funds processing platform Vestima. »


SGX and China Futures Association to collaborate

Mon, 02/12/2013 - 13:52

Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the China Futures Association (CFA) are cooperating in the development of derivatives markets in China and Singapore. »

Hong Kong

Markit to deploy compliance solution for equity trading in Hong Kong

Fri, 29/11/2013 - 16:05

Financial information services company Markit has been selected by members of the Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) to provide an online solution to facilitate compliance with Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC) new electronic trading rules. »


Universal-Investment and Stratton Street launch Renminbi Bond UCITS Fund

Fri, 29/11/2013 - 14:20

Universal-Investment and London-based fund manager Stratton Street have launched the Stratton Street UCITS Renminbi Bond Fund UI. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds enjoy a strong October… China investors boost Asian hedge funds…

Thu, 28/11/2013 - 16:37

According to independent data provider Eurekahedge in its latest report on the state of the world’s hedge fund industry, hedge fund assets under management were up in October, after a positive September. The size of the industry is now USD1.97 trillion. »


Oaktree and China Cinda Asset Management form JV

Tue, 26/11/2013 - 10:08

Oaktree Capital Group and China Cinda Asset Management are to jointly invest in distressed assets in China and to cooperate with respect to distressed assets investments in markets outside China. »

Peter Harwood, Guernsey's Chief Minister

Shanghai’s Vice Mayor praises Guernsey’s quality and stability

Tue, 26/11/2013 - 06:16

The Vice Mayor of Shanghai has recognised the quality and stability of Guernsey’s financial services industry. »

Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Guernsey’s finance industry on China mission

Fri, 22/11/2013 - 12:00

Guernsey’s banking, private wealth, investment and insurance sectors are all featuring in meetings between an island delegation and regulatory authorities, association networks and financial services businesses in Beijing and Shanghai. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Emerging market hedge funds lead Q3 returns… Blue Rice hedge fund to shut …

Thu, 21/11/2013 - 16:26

The HFRI Emerging Markets (EM) Total Index gained 3.0 per cent in 3Q13 and 2.5 per cent in October, bringing YTD performance for the EM Index to +4.7 per cent, outdistancing most individual EM local equity markets, according to HFR. »

Asia Pacific

Traiana Harmony’s CFD and equity swap network expands in Asia

Tue, 19/11/2013 - 16:01

Traiana’s Harmony network, the firm’s global product for equities swaps/CFD markets, is now live in the Asia Pacific region. »

Japan flag

Asset managers in Japan shift to algorithmic trading, says survey

Mon, 18/11/2013 - 12:10

Asset management institutions in Japan are shifting to electronic trading, with 50 per cent using electronic trading and more than 75 per cent of those firms having increased their use since 2010, according to a survey by Nomura Research Institute (NRI). »

China flag

CME Group approves China Merchants Futures as new clearing member

Fri, 15/11/2013 - 06:04

CME Group has approved China Merchants Futures (HK) Co as a CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX clearing member, effective 21 October 2013. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds make healthy gains in October… Henderson acquires H3 Global Advisors… ASIC redefines ‘hedge fund’…

Thu, 14/11/2013 - 18:20

Hedge funds delivered healthy gains in October as global markets trended upwards during the month. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 1.40 per cent during the month, while global stock indices outperformed as the MSCI World Index gained 3.75 per cent in September. »

Michael Verkuijl, global head of sales at Traiana

Traiana opens Singapore office as it expands in Asia-Pacific

Thu, 14/11/2013 - 14:11

Traiana, a provider of pre-trade risk and post-trade processing solutions, has created a hub for its Asia Pacific business by opening a new office in Singapore.  »


Torstone Technology opening Singapore office

Thu, 14/11/2013 - 06:07

Torstone Technology, a provider of securities and derivatives processing software to the global financial markets, is opening a Singapore office. »

Asia Pacific

BNY Mellon launches capital markets business in Asia-Pacific

Wed, 13/11/2013 - 16:01

BNY Mellon as expanded its global markets capabilities with the launch of a new Asia-Pacific capital markets business through The Bank of New York Mellon Securities Company Japan Ltd, based in Tokyo. »

Three fingers

SGX launches three Asian Index Futures

Tue, 12/11/2013 - 14:42

Singapore Exchange (SGX) has introduced three new Asian Index Futures to provide investors wider access to almost all of Asia’s key capital and growth markets.  »


BNY Mellon granted Singapore Capital Markets Services Licence

Tue, 12/11/2013 - 12:39

BNY Mellon has been awarded a Capital Markets Services Licence by the Monetary Authority of Singapore for its new dedicated subsidiary to provide fund management services in Singapore.  »


Concentrated flows drive Chinese MMF assets rebound, says Fitch

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 12:02

Assets under management for Chinese open-ended money market funds staged a strong rebound in Q3 2013 after the sharp drop during the previous quarter, says Fitch Ratings. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Levinson in talks with Fortress over hedge fund launch… Goldman Sachs Asia fund chairman Bolitho to leave…

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 20:52

Adam Levinson, chief investment officer of Fortress Investment Group Inc. (FIG)’s Asia Macro funds, is in talks with the USD58 billion alternative-asset manager about starting his own hedge-fund firm, according to one person familiar with the matter, as reported by Bloomberg. »

Max Gottschalk, chief executive of Gottex Asia

Gottex to establish JV with China-based asset manager VStone Asset Management

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 06:55

Gottex Fund Management is to establish a joint venture with VStone Asset Management, a private asset manager, which will provide access to mainland China asset management and investors. »


MaplesFS launches full service office in Singapore

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 06:01

The Maples group is expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific region with the launch of the full service offering of MaplesFS in Singapore. »


SGX proposes changes to derivatives clearing fund and OTC financials default management

Wed, 06/11/2013 - 12:16

Singapore Exchange Derivatives Clearing is proposing refinements to its Clearing Fund structure, and improvements in the auction process for managing a default of a Member that clears OTCF contracts derivatives. »


SGX derivatives trading and clearing volumes grow

Tue, 05/11/2013 - 16:30

Derivatives trading and clearing activities on the Singapore Exchange (SGX) grew in October from a year earlier while securities trading declined. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

China focused hedge funds post strong returns & attract investors, Hedge fund Fortelus to sell Bruno Magli to Asian investors…

Thu, 31/10/2013 - 18:09

More foreign hedge funds are devoting resources to China, attracted by strong returns, the potential for growth and signs that the country will continue to develop its financial markets. »

Currency cogs

SGX launches Asian foreign exchange futures

Mon, 28/10/2013 - 16:03

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is introducing Asian foreign exchange (FX) futures for deliverable and non-deliverable Asian currencies from 11 November 2013. »

Japan flag

Apex becomes first independent administrator to open office in Japan

Mon, 28/10/2013 - 14:00

Apex Fund Services has become the first independent fund administrator to enter the Japanese market following the opening of its Tokyo office. »

Light bulb

SGX powers up Asia’s first electricity futures market

Mon, 28/10/2013 - 11:00

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is developing Asia’s first electricity futures market with a targeted launch by end-2014, subject to regulatory approval.  »


Equinoxe opens new offices in Malta and Singapore

Fri, 25/10/2013 - 12:12

Equinoxe Alternative Investment Services has opened new offices in Malta and Singapore, expanding its presence to seven locations. »

Hans Shlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asian hedge funds outperform and raise more assets than US & European peers… Highbridge looking to raise USD250m for new fund…

Thu, 24/10/2013 - 15:19

Asia’s budding hedge-fund industry is springing to life, attracting the most money this year since pre-global financial crisis and beating returns in the US and Europe. »

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