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Weekly Asia News (Friday)

Weekly Asia News (Friday)
Hong Kong

Peter Pao joins BGC Hong Kong as director, Greater China

Tue, 20/08/2013 - 06:01

BGC Partners, a brokerage company servicing the wholesale financial and real estate markets, has appointed Peter Pao as director, Greater China. »


Consumer demand for gold up 53 per cent led by growth in China and India

Fri, 16/08/2013 - 12:01

Recent falls in the gold price have generated significant increases in demand, most notably from consumers in China and India – by far the biggest markets for gold – compared with the same time last year, according to the latest World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends report. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Investors allocate USD3bn to Asia in Q2… positive July boosts fund performance…

Thu, 15/08/2013 - 18:09

Investors poured another USD3 billion to Asian hedge funds in the second quarter, with a particular emphasis on equity strategies and Japan-focused funds.  »


S&P 500 company sales in Asia continue to increase

Thu, 15/08/2013 - 06:03

S&P 500 companies with full reporting information posted 46.6 per cent of their sales from outside of the US in 2012, up from the 46.1 per cent reported in 2011, 46.3 per cent reported in 2010 and on par with the 46.6 per cent posted in 2009, according to research published by S&P Dow Jones Indices. »

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Income Partners receives RQFII license from CSRC

Tue, 13/08/2013 - 16:15

Fixed income specialist Income Partners Asset Management (HK) Limited has been granted an RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) asset management license from the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). »

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Omgeo sees 47 per cent increase in Japanese trade volumes

Mon, 12/08/2013 - 16:03

Omgeo has seen a 47 per cent year-on-year increase in equity and fixed income volumes processed on its post-trade services for the Japanese market. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge funds make a comeback buoyed by US market… HFR indices reflect a positive July…

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 13:25

The possibility that hedge funds are making a comeback has been explored in the media recently, suggesting that investors are once again hungry for the huge returns these funds offered a decade ago, as their companies return to profitability. Recent S&P 500 index results suggest that US equities are second only to their Japanese counterparts. »

Hans Schlaikier. Hedgeweek

Mid-sized hedge funds outperform according to GFIA… Hedge funds cash in on renminbi…

Sun, 04/08/2013 - 07:37

According to Singapore-based hedge fund research and fund advisory firm GFIA, medium sized Asia (ex-Japan) long-short equity funds – those that manage USD250 million to USD750 million – perform the best. »

Hong Kong

First Hong Kong Xetra participant connected

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 06:33

Deutsche Börse has connected the first participant from Hong Kong to its Xetra trading system – Celestial Securities, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-listed financial conglomerate CASH Financial Services Group. »


SGX launches long dated orders for securities

Thu, 01/08/2013 - 16:04

Singapore Exchange (SGX) has launched long dated order types, allowing investors to retain buy or sell orders for longer than the usual one day. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge fund interest in Europe on the rise despite global outflows… Gold funds continue to attract Asian investors…

Thu, 25/07/2013 - 18:36

Despite sharp losses in June, hedge fund managers are seeing more opportunities in Europe. Following a slow start to 2013, Europe-focused hedge funds represented 16 per cent of funds launched in Q2, compared to 2 per cent in Q1. Overall, 300 hedge funds have launched this year, according to data from Preqin. »

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Pelargos Japan Alpha Fund launches two new share classes

Thu, 25/07/2013 - 13:26

Pelargos Japan Alpha Fund, an Asian strategies hedge fund, has launched a US Dollar (USD) and Japanese Yen (JPY) share class for its existing Pelargos Japan Alpha Fund. »


EDHEC-Risk Institute unveils scholarship programme for Asia-Pacific

Thu, 25/07/2013 - 06:01

EDHEC-Risk Institute–Asia is creating a scholarship scheme aimed at facilitating the participation of outstanding professionals in the executive track of its doctoral programme in Singapore. »

Hong Kong

Quam joins CME Group’s Hong Kong hub

Tue, 23/07/2013 - 12:15

Quam Securities, the brokerage arm of Hong Kong-based financial services group Quam Limited, has registered with the Hong Kong telecommunications hub of Chicago Mercantile Exchange enabling it to access the CME Globex trading platform. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Son-in-law of China Vice Premier sets up Hong Kong based fund… Skandia boosts Singapore sales team…

Thu, 18/07/2013 - 20:30

Nicholas Tsang, the son-in-law of China's Vice Premier Wang Yang, has launched a Hong Kong-based hedge fund focused on mainland equities. Zhang joins a growing number of young family members of top officials who have set up asset management businesses in the city of late. »

Shen Tan, Income Partners

Income Partners appoints Shen Tan to head up the firm’s CRM function

Wed, 17/07/2013 - 06:03

Income Partners Asset Management (HK) Limited, one of Asia’s longest standing Asian fixed income/credit specialist managers, has appointed Shen Tan as managing director, head of client relationship management.  »


Confidence in Japanese equities persists, says Swiss & Global

Fri, 12/07/2013 - 14:39

Japanese equities have been in the spotlight since Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the government would spend an additional JPY10.3trn (around USD106bn) to get the economy on a higher growth path. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Hedge fund winning streak comes to an end… SkyBridge partners Woori in Asian expansion…

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 16:28

Hedge funds around the world saw negative returns in June to end seven months of straight gains amid a broad pullback in equity markets. According to data compiled by Eurekahedge those in Asia ex-Japan were the worst hit. »

Ray Nolte, co-managing partner and chief investment officer at SkyBridge Capital

SkyBridge Capital and Woori Investment & Securities form partnership

Thu, 11/07/2013 - 10:03

SkyBridge Capital, a research-based alternative investment firm headquartered in New York, and Woori Investment & Securities, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, have formed a strategic partnership that will allow for the distribution of SkyBridge’s hedge fund products throughout Korea and other regions in Asia.  »

Hong Kong

Global Prime Partners extends its presence in Asia

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 06:06

Global Prime Partners (GPP), a prime brokerage boutique which specialises in supporting emerging managers, has expanded its client service capabilities in the Asian markets with the hire of investment industry veteran Rupert Street who joins the firm with immediate effect.  »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Asia on the whole higher whilst Nikkei declines… Asian hedge funds averse to securities lending…

Thu, 04/07/2013 - 17:34

Asian equities were mostly higher yesterday (Thursday, July 4th) with the exception of Japanbut trading was cautious ahead of the European Central Bank meeting and Friday's key US jobs report. Australia's S&P ASX 200 rallied 1 per cent, Seoul's Kospi index closed at a session high and the Shanghai Composite rose to a one-week high. Japan's Nikkei index however, extended slight declines in choppy trade. »


SGX securities and derivatives activities increase in June

Thu, 04/07/2013 - 06:00

Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) securities and derivatives activities increased in June, compared to a year earlier. For the last 12 months (July 2012 to June 2013) stock market capitalisation increased 13 per cent to SGD954bn. »

Hong Kong

BNY Mellon granted licence approval for new Hong Kong SMA business

Wed, 03/07/2013 - 12:07

BNY Mellon has received licence approval from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) for its new dedicated Hong Kong-based subsidiary to establish a separately managed accounts business. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Henderson & TIAA-CREF create USD20billion real estate fund… M&A activity involving Asia Pacific down 23.1 per cent for 1H13…

Sun, 30/06/2013 - 11:28

M&A activity involving Asia Pacific is down 23.1 per cent for the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year, amounting to USD154.3billion reported the Singapore Business Review, quoting a Thomson Reuters release. »

Liz Milan, HKEx's head of Asia commodities

HKEx, LME and CBMX sign MOU

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 14:45

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx), the London Metal Exchange (LME) and the China Beijing International Mining Exchange (CBMX) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation and the exchange of information. »

Martin Abbott, chief executive, LME

HKEx, LME and BOC sign MOU

Mon, 24/06/2013 - 14:00

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEx), The London Metal Exchange (LME) and Bank of China (BOC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation and the exchange of information regarding the clearing of renminbi (RMB) commodity products. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Soros Alumnus joins SAC Capital as co-head Asia trading… Asia ex-Japan hedgies outperform underlying markets for third consecutive month…

Thu, 20/06/2013 - 18:22

Credit-based hedge fund strategies could well see increased investor demand as Asia’s credit markets continue to mature. In a recent blog on Preqin, Ivan Jincheng Han wrote that corporate credit and high yield are expected to remain high and are expected to be “the next growth engine of a deepening Asia-Pacific credit market”.  »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

Fifth consecutive month of net allocations for hedge funds… Japanese funds boost assets by 20%…

Thu, 13/06/2013 - 13:10

Hedge funds witnessed the fifth consecutive month of net allocations in May, despite global markets experiencing mixed returns. »

Hong Kong

Gilbert Tse appointed head of Lyxor for Asia

Tue, 11/06/2013 - 14:05

Lyxor Asset Management has appointed Gilbert Tse as head of Lyxor for Asia. »

Lee Porter, head of Liquidnet Asia

Liquidnet sees record growth and membership engagement in Asia Pacific

Tue, 11/06/2013 - 13:57

Liquidnet, the institutional trading network, has reported a series of Asia Pacific trading records in May, including a record month of principal traded and the highest volume traded in a single day, since launching in the region five years ago. »

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