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Weekly Asia News (Friday)
Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Blackstone backed Asia fund returns 15 per cent YTD… Indian equities boost Asian funds…

Fri, 21/11/2014 - 10:13

Senrigan Capital Group Ltd, the Asia event-driven hedge fund backed by Blackstone Group LP, returned 15 per cent in the first 10 months of this year, reports Bloomberg. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds weather October volatility… Asian macro funds outperform US peers…

Thu, 13/11/2014 - 19:41

October wasn’t that bad a month for hedge funds after all, says a new prime brokerage report from Morgan Stanley. »

Singapore

Deutsche Börse to be exclusive global licensor of Cleartrade Exchange’s market data products

Thu, 13/11/2014 - 13:02

Deutsche Börse Market Data + Services will now disseminate and be the exclusive licensor of real-time market data for key commodity derivatives products traded on Cleartrade Exchange. »

Two people shaking hands by a window

Yuanta Securities go live on Calastone network

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 16:56

Taiwanese distributor, Yuanta Securities has become the first securities firm in Taiwan to adopt automation by going live on the Calastone global transaction network. »

Renminbi

Clearstream to offer settlement and custody for China A-shares

Mon, 10/11/2014 - 16:03

A new joint programme between the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) will allow non-resident investors to invest in Chinese companies whose shares are listed on the SSE and denominated in Renminbi only, so-called "China A-shares", without having to apply for a status as a Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) or Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII). »

Hans Schlaikier. Hedgeweek

Bright outlook for India-focused hedge funds… Alibaba co-founder to back Pinyin Capital Management…

Thu, 06/11/2014 - 19:02

India-focused hedge funds could be poised for their best performance in five years, with strong returns and inflows, according to the latest data from Eurekahedge. »

Singapore

SGX market disruption caused by ‘uninterruptible’ power supply failure

Thu, 06/11/2014 - 16:01

Wednesday’s outage at the Singapore Exchange (SGX), which disrupted trading activity for several hours, was caused by a malfunction in the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems deployed at the SGX data centre. »

Up arrow

SGX sees growth in securities and derivatives for October

Thu, 06/11/2014 - 06:22

Singapore Exchange (SGX) saw positive growth in both securities and derivatives during October.  »

Singapore

Clearstream and Standard Chartered Bank launch collateral management service for Singapore

Wed, 05/11/2014 - 12:03

Just 18 months after starting development work, Clearstream and Standard Chartered Bank have now implemented a collateral management service for Singapore. »

South East Asia

Jersey Finance ramps up Asia activity by launching inaugural Roadshow series

Wed, 05/11/2014 - 11:32

Jersey Finance has embarked on a ramped-up programme of activity in Asia this autumn, including launching an inaugural series of Roadshow events in key markets across the Far and Middle East. »

Singapore

Maples and Calder strengthens Singapore presence

Mon, 03/11/2014 - 14:10

International law firm Maples and Calder has appointed Michael Gagie to the role of managing partner of the firm's Singapore office and has promoted associate Jess Stock to of counsel. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds record net outflows in September… American institutions lose faith in hedge funds…

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 15:45

Hedge funds recorded net outflows of USD9.5 billion as long/short equities, event-driven, and macro funds strategies reported the largest outflows, Eurekahedge’s preliminary data for September 2014 reveals. However, year-to-date, hedge funds are up 3.82 per cent, witnessing net inflows of USD60.7 billion in 2014. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asia ex-Japan funds outperform year-to-date… Asian Sovereign Wealth & Pension funds looking increasingly at alternatives…

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 14:14

Asia ex-Japan hedge funds lead global peers with year-to-date returns of 6.66 per cent, due in large part to a 25.79 per cent rise in Indian equities since the start of the year, according to the latest data released by hedge fund research firm Eurekahedge. »

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HKEx Group and China Merchants Group sign MOU

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 14:00

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx) and China Merchants Group (CMG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a strategic alliance in product development and related services. »

China flag

Gottex on track for first UCITS RQFII China product launch

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 06:03

Gottex Fund Management is on track to launch its first UCITS RQFII China product during the first quarter of 2015, according to the group’s latest trading statement for the quarter ended 30 September 2014. »

Handshake and money

JTC Group invests in Asian alliance partner Kensington Trust Group

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 14:03

JTC Group has made an investment in Kensington Trust Group (KTG), enhancing the alliance between the two companies which commenced in early 2013.  »

Renminbi

Hang Seng and Markit launch iBoxx Offshore RMB Bond Index Family

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 11:14

Hang Seng Indexes Company and Markit have launched the Hang Seng Markit iBoxx Offshore RMB Bond Index family (HSM iBoxx).  »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds see USD18bn outflow in Q3 despite steady returns… India’s SEBI confirms ban on HK’s Factorial Capital Management…

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 09:30

Hedge funds outperformed underlying markets in September with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index returning a flat 0 per cent while the MSCI World Index finished the month down 1.86 per cent. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 3.87 per cent, falling just slightly behind underlying markets as the MSCI World Index returned 3.99 per cent over the same period. »

Singapore

CFTC issues no-action letter for Singapore Exchange Derivatives Clearing Limited

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 06:30

The US CFTC has issued a time-limited no-action letter stating that it will not take enforcement action against Singapore Exchange Derivatives Clearing Limited (SGX-DC) for failure to comply with the applicable swap data reporting requirements of Commission Regulations 45.3 and 45.4. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

HFRX global hedge fund index falls in September… KKR backs former York Capital CEO’s new fund…

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 16:13

Global financial markets ended the 3rd quarter with declines as the US Dollar surged in the month of September, driven by a combination of weak European economic data, social unrest in Hong Kong and increased geopolitical tension in the Middle East. »

South Korea

HFA appoints Robert Kim and Raymond Kang as Korea Chapter regional co-directors

Thu, 02/10/2014 - 15:01

The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) has appointed Robert Kim, global advisor for Alternative Summit Korea, and Raymond Kang, chief executive of Prodigy Capital Management, as Korea Chapter regional co-directors. »

Bitcoin

DigitalTangible launches physical gold and bitcoin trading services in Asia

Thu, 02/10/2014 - 12:44

Global bitcoin-gold platform DigitalTangible has expanded its offerings into Asia with new partner Melotic, allowing customers to trade their bitcoin and gold on the new Chinese crypto-gold trading platform. »

Hong Kong

SS&C hires Stewart Bent to head up fund services in Asia

Wed, 01/10/2014 - 11:10

SS&C Technologies has hired Stewart Bent to manage SS&C GlobeOp’s fund administration business in Asia. »

Hong Kong

Two additional partners to join Akin Gump in Hong Kong

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 16:02

F Mark Fucci and Anne-Marie Godfrey are to join law firm Akin Gump’s Hong Kong office. »

Survey

Six in 10 Asia Pacific firms unprepared for shortened settlement cycle for European securities

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 12:05

Some 58 per cent of firms in Asia Pacific are not prepared for a shorter settlement cycle in Europe which will change from trade date plus three days (T+3) to trade date plus two days (T+2) in October. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds and investors look forward to the China Exchange Link… Hedge funds surpass 2007 leverage…

Thu, 25/09/2014 - 15:34

Hedge funds may drive initial demand for Shanghai-listed stocks through a linkage of the city’s bourse with that in Hong Kong, according to Goldman Sachs, reports Bloomberg. »

Japan flag

Chi-X Japan launches Chi-Match VWAP Cross

Mon, 22/09/2014 - 14:00

Chi-X Japan Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of market operator Chi-X Global, launched Chi-Match VWAP Cross (Volume Weighted Average Price) on 1 September. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Long/short equity and macro hedge funds offer best Asian investment opportunities… Hedge fund AUM hits another record…

Thu, 18/09/2014 - 17:10

Institutional investors performing due diligence on Asia-Pacific focused hedge funds may be best served homing in on long/short equity and macro strategies. »

Asia Pacific

Long/short equity and macro strategy hedge funds offer investment opps in Asia, says Cambridge Associates

Tue, 16/09/2014 - 10:08

Institutional investors performing due diligence on Asia-Pacific focused hedge funds may be best served homing in on long/short equity and macro strategies. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asian stock rally boosts hedge fund performance… Hedge funds rebound with August gains…

Thu, 11/09/2014 - 10:40

Hedge fund and absolute return managers have generally caught the upside stemming from a rally in Asian stock markets in July, while Chinese managers have finally seen some fruits from the country’s economic reforms, according to GFIA. »

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