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Weekly UCITS News (Friday)

Weekly UCITS News (Friday)

Stratton Street and Universal-Investment launch Renminbi Bond UCITS Fund

Mon, 30/09/2013 - 15:07

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

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Morgan Stanley announces strategic partnership with Longchamp Asset Management and La Française AM… Schroder GAIA platform onboards the GAIA Avoca Credit fund

Sun, 29/09/2013 - 14:43

Morgan Stanley this week announced a partnership with Longchamp Asset Management, a French-based asset manager that specializes in the distribution of UCITS hedge funds, and La Française AM, a multi-specialist asset manager with a 10-year track record in alternative investments.  »

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Schroders launches Avoca Credit strategy on GAIA platform

Thu, 26/09/2013 - 13:20

Schroders is to add another externally-managed fund to its Schroder GAIA platform, Schroder GAIA Avoca Credit – a fundamental credit long short strategy scheduled to launch in November 2013. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

New fund launches for Azimut Holding and Avoca Capital Holdings… Malta-based Calamatta Cuschieri converts its SICAV into a UCITS structure…

Sun, 22/09/2013 - 12:15

Azimut Holding has launched what is believed to be the first UCITS IV-compliant hybrid bonds funds in Europe. The fund – AZ Fund Hybrid Bonds - will invest 100 per cent of its assets in hybrid bonds and has an investment time horizon of four and a half years, reported »

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Avoca launches UCITS Convertible Bond Fund

Mon, 16/09/2013 - 16:02

Avoca Capital has launched a long-only convertible bond fund, Avoca Convertible Select Global, a UCITS compliant Luxembourg SICAV offering daily liquidity. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

AIFMD might help to simplify UCITS, according to chief executive of Schroder Investment Management… Zadig Gestion launches Active Risk Parity Fund…

Sun, 15/09/2013 - 18:09

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management has added a euro-hedged share class for its db x-trackers MSCI World Index UCITS exchange-traded fund on the Deutsche Borse, reported »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

UCITS funds end August down 0.40 per cent… Algebris Investments & Pioneer Investments both launch new funds…

Sun, 08/09/2013 - 17:49

The UCITS Alternative Index Global lost -0.40 per cent in August to leave it up 1.34 per cent on a year-to-date basis. By comparison the average hedge fund has returned 4.63 per cent (through July) according to Hedge Fund Research. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Hendry’s Eclectica Absolute Macro fund has a confused identity… UCITS master-feeder structures gaining traction says law firm William Fry…

Mon, 02/09/2013 - 07:48

Analysts at London-based Kepler Partners, whose research on UCITS funds is presented on the website, have concluded that the UCITS version of Hugh Hendry’s Eclectica Absolute Macro fund has been a bit of a mixed bag. »


FundAssist makes management appointments

Fri, 30/08/2013 - 06:01

FundAssist, an international service provider to the asset manager industry covering hedge funds, exchange-traded funds and UCITS funds, has added to its team with two management appointments. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Small ETFs post compelling returns in 2013… FCA clarifies notification process for marketing UK UCITS funds in Europe…

Mon, 26/08/2013 - 11:19

Rudolf Wolff, the London-based fund management firm, is preparing to launch a UCITS version of its Bermuda-domiciled Income fund, reported FTadviser this week. Bruce Macdonald, who manages the Rudolf Wolff Income fund, is to run the new fund, which is to be domiciled in Ireland. »

John Donohoe, chief executive of Carne Group

Carne launches AIFMD-compliant management company solution in Ireland

Wed, 21/08/2013 - 16:02

Carne Group has become the first European independent management company solution authorised under the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Aquila Capital hires new senior fund manager… Polar Capital prepares to launch global convertible bond UCITS…

Sun, 18/08/2013 - 18:29

Polar Capital is preparing to launch a convertible bond fund reported FTadviser this week. The Polar Capital Global Convertibles fund will be domiciled in Dublin, subject to regulatory approval, and is to be managed by David Keetley and Steve McCormick. »

Michael Sanders, chairman of the board, Alceda Fund Management SA

Alternative UCITS assets exceed EUR100bn for first time, says Alceda

Mon, 12/08/2013 - 12:30

Following a strong start in Q1 2013, alternative UCITS funds have continued the positive trend in Q2 2013, with assets under management (AUM) growing by 8.3 per cent from EUR96.6bn in March 2013 to EUR104.6bn at the end of Q2, breaking the EUR100bn barrier for the first time, according to Alceda. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Ashmore converts four funds into UCITS… Alternative UCITS make gains of 0.80 per cent in July…

Sun, 11/08/2013 - 19:48

Preliminary figures released by London-based consultancy firm ETFGI in its Global ETF and ETP industry insights report show that global ETF and ETP assets attracted near record net inflows of USD44.08billion through July this year. Coupled with strong market performance, total net assets have risen to USD2.16trillion as at end-July, 2013. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Yacktman US Equity Fund receives Gold fund rating… Brown Brothers Harriman and GLG Partners launch new funds…

Sun, 04/08/2013 - 17:14

Heptagon Capital has achieved a Gold fund rating from S&P Capita IQ Fund Research for its Ireland-domiciled Yacktman US Equity Fund (based on a US mutual fund). London-based Heptagon Capital is an independent investment firm with over USD7.2billion in AuM and acts as the fund’s promoter. »

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GLG launches Total Return Fund

Mon, 29/07/2013 - 16:03

GLG Partners, the discretionary investment manager of Man Group, is to launch the GLG Total Return Fund. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Global Macro still king says ML Capital in latest Barometer report… Standard Life Investments plans beefed up version of GARS fund…

Sun, 28/07/2013 - 17:45

Morgan Stanley this week launched a new UCITS fund giving investors exposure to Dalton Investment LLC’s Asia strategy. The MS Dalton Asia Pacific UCITS Fund is the latest UCITS fund to join Morgan Stanley’s FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella. The fund invests across the Asia Pacific region using an equity long/short strategy. Longchamp Asset Management has been appointed as the sole distributor of the fund. »

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Mon, 22/07/2013 - 18:23

By the end of Q1 2013 total assets in the alternative UCITS space advanced by 29 per cent year-on-year to EUR155billion. But this is still a small share of total UCITS AuM of around EUR6.6trillion. »


Bernheim, Dreyfuss & Co launches Carmel Global Opportunities with USD50m seed capital

Tue, 16/07/2013 - 06:25

Bernheim, Dreyfus & Co has launched Carmel Global Opportunities, a global macro UCITS IV compliant fund, which invests in multiple asset classes across the OECD universe.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Man Group teams up with Nomura to launch systematic fixed income UCITS… iShares adds dollar-hedged EM bond ETF to its platform…

Sun, 14/07/2013 - 17:42

Man Group and Nomura have launched the Nomura Man Systematic Fixed Income UCITS Fund, it was announced this week. The underlying strategy, which has been accessible via a number of different investible formats since summer 2012, is run by Man Systematic Strategies (MSS). It merged with AHL, Man’s flagship managed futures manager, earlier this year to form a joint quantitative investment unit. »

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Oyster European Corporate Bonds Fund celebrates 10th anniversary

Fri, 12/07/2013 - 10:14

The Swiss banking group Syz & Co is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Oyster European Corporate Bonds, the sub-fund of its Luxembourg UCITS Sicav Oyster, investing in European corporate bonds. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Insight launches UCITS version of high yield fund… Neuberger Berman launches three emerging market-focused sub-funds…

Sun, 07/07/2013 - 19:15

The UCITS Alternative Index Global lost -1.37 per cent in June to leave it at +0.94 year-to-date. The funds of funds index performed slightly worst with losses of -1.85 per cent. The UAI Funds of Funds is now up 1.24 per cent since the beginning of the year. »

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StatPro launches global exposure and liquidity monitoring module

Thu, 27/06/2013 - 06:30

StatPro Revolution now allows for global exposure and liquidity monitoring. For those with UCITS funds this will aid compliance with the UCITS IV regulation. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Henderson team reduces exposure to emerging market debt… Lyxor Asset Management launches Lyxor/Tiedemann Arbitrage fund…

Sun, 23/06/2013 - 18:06

Lyxor Asset Management this week announced the launch of the Lyxor/Tiedemann Arbitrage Fund, a UCITS-compliant fund designed to give investors access to a pure merger arbitrage strategy, in partnership with hedge fund firm TIG Advisors. »

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Lyxor launches a pure merger arbitrage fund on its alternative UCITS platform

Tue, 18/06/2013 - 06:03

Lyxor Asset Management has launched the Lyxor/Tiedemann Arbitrage Strategy Fund, a new UCITS-compliant vehicle designed to give access to a pure merger arbitrage strategy in partnership with the hedge fund firm TIG Advisors. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

TCW Group opens offices in Paris and Hong Kong… UBS launches commodity-focused ETF…

Sun, 16/06/2013 - 21:01

After launching the Ashburton Africa Equity Opportunities fund last month, Jersey-based asset management firm Ashburton has rolled out its second UCITS fund reported Citywire Global this week. The Luxembourg-domiciled Ashburton Global New Energy fund will be managed by Richard Robinson, with Alan le Maistre acting as deputy manager. The fund will target long-term growth opportunities in companies operating in oil, gas, coal and renewable energy sources. Three quarters of its assets will be invested in listed companies with up to 10 per cent being allocated to unlisted companies. The fund is benchmarked against the MSCI Energy index.  »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Long/short equity UCITS funds continue to attract investor mandates… UCITS gain 0.53 per cent in May…

Sun, 09/06/2013 - 18:41

The UCITS Alternative Index Global gained 0.53 per cent in May, putting it at +2.34 per cent for the year. The UCITS Alternative Index Funds of Funds enjoyed a fifth consecutive month of positive returns with a 0.65 per cent performance, up 2.25 per cent for the year. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

HSBC’s Jayant optimistic on UCITS growth in Asia markets… UCITS enjoy highest first quarter inflows since 2006…

Mon, 03/06/2013 - 08:19

UCITS funds continue to be one of the most popular forms of foreign-domiciled funds in Asia Pacific according to an article written 30 May 2013 by Sanjay Jayant, Global Head of Product Solutions – Fund Services, HSBC Securities Services. Their popularity, says Jayant, is principally down to the level of protection their give investors and, if they are domiciled in Luxembourg or Ireland – as many UCITS funds are – certain tax advantages. »


Ashburton launches Africa Equity Opportunities Fund

Tue, 28/05/2013 - 16:00

Ashburton has launched the Africa Equity Opportunities Fund with a strategy focused on targeting undervalued listed African equities (ex-South Africa) across various sectors to achieve long-term capital growth. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

Lyxor extends physically replicated ETF range… FTSE Group licenses four additional indices to Vanguard

Sun, 26/05/2013 - 20:11

London remains Europe’s leading hedge fund capital, helped by the proliferation of UCITS-compliant hedge funds according to a new report by TheCityUK. The primary driver for this is the fact that such fund vehicles will escape being regulated by the upcoming Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive; which is, in essence, UCITS-equivalent regulation applied to the alternative fund space. According to the report, »

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