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Weekly Asia News (Friday)

Weekly Asia News (Friday)
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SGX and Shanghai Futures Exchange to collaborate on commodity derivatives

Mon, 21/10/2013 - 16:10

Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the Shanghai Futures Exchange are cooperating in the development of the commodity derivatives markets in both China and Singapore. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds in positive territory mid-month, according to HFRX… City Financial launches Asian macro fund…

Thu, 17/10/2013 - 16:59

Hedge funds posted gains through mid-month with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index posting a gain of 0.50 per cent, including a gain of 0.39 per cent on 10 October, the largest one-day gain in almost 2 years, while the HFRX Market Directional Index rose 1.07 per cent. »


City Financial launches Asian macro fund to be managed by Geoffrey Barker

Mon, 14/10/2013 - 14:22

City Financial Investment Company Limited is to launch an Asian macro fund scheduled for the first quarter of 2014, which will be managed by Geoffrey Barker. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Sovereign wealth funds gain assets… Asian hedge funds enjoy positive September…

Thu, 10/10/2013 - 16:23

Sovereign wealth funds globally have added more than USD750bn to their total assets since last year, according to research firm Preqin. »

Khalil Mohammed, portfolio manager at AHL/MSS

Asian analysts twice as effective as European and US counterparts, says Man GLG

Wed, 09/10/2013 - 16:28

Asia Pacific market analysts are more effective at providing accurate price forecasts than their US and European counterparts. »

Max Gottschalk, chief executive of Gottex Asia

Gottex partners with Headland Strategic to fund Asian hedge funds

Tue, 08/10/2013 - 14:14

Gottex Fund Management is to partner with Headland Strategic Limited (HSL) to provide strategic capital and institutional guidance to hedge fund managers in Asia. »


Deutsche Börse will be exclusive licensor of BSE market data to international clients

Mon, 07/10/2013 - 14:36

Deutsche Börse will act as the exclusive licensor of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) market data and information products to all international clients. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asian institutional investors keep faith in hedge fund investments… UBS O’Connor to open Asia-focused hedge fund to external investors

Thu, 03/10/2013 - 21:33

UBS O’Connor is preparing to open its first Asia-focused hedge fund to external investors later this year reported Bloomberg News, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The fund commenced trading in August with internal money and is now preparing to open itself to external investors. The fund is managed by John Bradshaw in Singapore and David Perrett in New York. »

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SGX launches thermal coal futures

Wed, 02/10/2013 - 06:04

Singapore Exchange (SGX) has launched two thermal coal futures contracts – SGX API 8 CFR China Coal Index Futures, and SGX IHS McCloskey Indonesian Sub-bit FOB Index Futures Contracts. »

Hong Kong

50 MSCI Hong Kong MPF Indices now available

Tue, 01/10/2013 - 06:00

MSCI has launched the MSCI Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) Indices, which reflect the current investment restrictions imposed on MPF funds by the Hong Kong Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA), including the minimum 30 per cent Hong Kong Dollar exposure requirement. »

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Sprott launches offshore fund with Zijin Mining Group

Fri, 27/09/2013 - 13:27

Sprott has launched an offshore global mining fund with Zijin Mining Group. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Goldman Sachs launches Asia fund… Hedge fund to back Chinese takeover of Smithfield foods…

Thu, 26/09/2013 - 18:50

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc’s multi-disciplinary hedge fund unit – Goldman Sachs Investment Partners – has launched a new hedge fund in Asia named Oryza Capital. Goldman Sachs is at present raising capital for the fund. Through this new fund, the bank primarily seeks to tap rising opportunities in the emerging markets of Asia. »

Rob Aspinall, Intertrust

Robert Aspinall and Martin O’Regan join Intertrust

Wed, 25/09/2013 - 16:02

Intertrust has expanded its fiduciary team with Rob Aspinall joining as director, fiduciary services in the Cayman Islands and Martin O’Regan joining as director, fiduciary services in Singapore. »


Napier Park Global Capital opens DIFC office

Tue, 24/09/2013 - 14:02

Napier Park Global Capital, an alternative asset management firm, has expanded its business operations into the United Arab Emirates and is opening an office at the Dubai International Financial Centre. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Goldman Sachs and ex-Mirae CIO to launch fund… Six funds get the green light in China…

Thu, 19/09/2013 - 22:50

Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Cong Li, the former chief investment officer of Mirae Asset Global Investment (Hong Kong), are preparing to start separate Asian hedge funds as fund launches gather pace in the second half of the year in the region. »

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CFTC certifies futures contracts on CES China 120 Index and HSI Volatility Index

Wed, 18/09/2013 - 11:16

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) division of market oversight has issued a letter advising the Hong Kong Futures Exchange that its CES China 120 Index futures contract and its HSI Volatility Index futures contract submitted for review on 2 August 2013 are deemed certified. »

Asia Pacific

BNP Paribas Securities Services makes senior appointments in Asia Pacific

Tue, 17/09/2013 - 13:14

BNP Paribas has made several key appointments to strengthen its Securities Services franchise in Asia Pacific as it continues its expansion in the region. »


No changes to STI after quarterly review

Fri, 13/09/2013 - 16:03

The constituents of the Straits Times Index (STI) will be unchanged following the conclusion of its quarterly review. »

Hong Kong

Walkers expands HK presence

Fri, 13/09/2013 - 14:20

Mark Cummings has joined Walkers’ Hong Kong office, strengthening the firm’s position as a Pan-Asian provider of offshore legal services. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Global hedge fund AUM declines by over USD6 billion in August… US dollar rallies in Asia on hedge fund buys…

Thu, 12/09/2013 - 18:59

Global hedge fund AUM declined by more than USD6 billion in August after Hedge funds witnessed slightly negative returns in August amid increased risk aversion in global markets during the month. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 0.32 per cent during the month, outperforming global stock indices as the MSCI World Index declined by 2.26 per cent in August. »

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HRH The Countess of Wessex to attend 100WHF’s Inaugural Hong Kong Gala

Thu, 12/09/2013 - 16:12

HRH The Countess of Wessex will be the Royal guest of honour at 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ (100WHF) inaugural Hong Kong Gala to be held on 20 November at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. »


Singapore Exchange and Clearstream launch collateral management service

Wed, 11/09/2013 - 14:04

Singapore Exchange (SGX) and Clearstream are to launch a collateral management service enabling customers to use assets held at SGX’s securities depository, CDP, for their collateral needs. »

Simon Cornwell, co-founder and global sales and marketing director, Vermilion Software

Vermilion Software expands operations in the Far East

Tue, 10/09/2013 - 06:02

Vermilion Software has expanded its operations to the Far East with a new office at 8 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 1, Singapore. »


Benjamin Chtromberg joins ICAP’s Dubai office as futures and options broker

Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:03

ICAP plc, a markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, has appointed Benjamin Chtromberg as a futures and options broker. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Victoire Brasil Investimentos teams up with Aquico Wen in Hong Kong… Lyxor names new head of global hedge funds…

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 19:11

Victoire Brasil Investimentos (VBI) is establishing a specialist fund management company in Hong Kong with emerging markets specialist Aquico Wen. »


SGX derivatives volumes continue to grow in August

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 06:01

Derivatives volumes at Singapore Exchange (SGX) increased in August compared with the previous year, with total futures and options volume up 32 per cent to 8.6 million contracts. »

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Tough operating conditions could weigh on credit profiles, says S&P survey

Fri, 30/08/2013 - 10:03

As China's economic growth decelerates and some industry sectors face growing oversupply issues, the risks from China's recent credit boom appear to be rising to the surface for the country's banks. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

EM currency turmoil reflected in hedge fund performance… Wells Fargo set to increase Asian presence…

Fri, 30/08/2013 - 10:00

Turmoil in emerging market currency markets has clearly reflected in hedge fund performance. The latest data from eVestment shows a mixed reaction to the tightening of monetary policy by the US Federal Reserve. »

Michael Peters, member of the Eurex executive board

Eurex launches incentive scheme to mark three years of Eurex/KRX Link

Thu, 29/08/2013 - 16:10

To mark the third anniversary of the Eurex/KRX Link, Eurex Exchange is waiving trading fees for the Eurex KOSPI Product for the month of September. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Chinese media investor plans USD500 million fund… Expedition shuts Asian volatility fund…

Thu, 22/08/2013 - 20:47

Bruno Wu aims to raise a USD500 million private-equity fund for media investments, focusing on companies targeting expansion in Asia, especially China. »

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