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Growing importance of digital media prompts European managers to enlarge teams

Tue, 17/02/2015 - 17:00

The number of digital media teams with more than 10 employees jumped by 15.5% in 2014 compared with the previous year, according to Cerulli Associates. »

2015 Preqin Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report

Impact of the AIFMD on private equity activity in the EU

Tue, 17/02/2015 - 14:10

Recent research by the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) has highlighted growing discontent with the implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) within the European Union (EU). Though the legislation set out to enhance oversight and standardise regulation across the EU, a significant majority of Europe-based investors feel they have been directly disadvantaged as a result, citing reduced international competitiveness as a key concern. In November 2014, Preqin conducted similar research, surveying 260 private equity and venture capital fund managers; 27% of respondents believed regulation to be the biggest challenge they face in 2015. »

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Euronext partners with African agricultural commodity exchange

Tue, 17/02/2015 - 06:00

Euronext has signed a license agreement with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) providing the JSE with the right to list the flagship Milling Wheat contract currently traded on Euronext.   »

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ESMA publishes annual report and supervisory focus for CRAs and TRs

Tue, 17/02/2015 - 06:00

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an annual report (Report) on its direct supervisory activities in 2014 regarding credit rating agencies (CRAs) and trade repositories (TR).  »


Absolute Return Partners adds to research team with hire of Railpen’s Alison Lépine

Mon, 16/02/2015 - 21:00

Alternative asset manager and investment adviser, Absolute Return Partners (ARP) has strengthened its research team with the appointment of Alison Major Lépine as investment manager.  »

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ConceptONE facilitates Annex IV filings in multiple EU jurisdictions

Mon, 16/02/2015 - 20:00

ConceptONE has facilitated the successful submission of AIFMD Annex IV filings for clients in multiple EU jurisdictions utilising its RegERM platform.  »

Weekly Brief: Hedge Funds Short Sterling as BoE Engages in Race to the Bottom

Weekly Brief: Hedge Funds Short Sterling as BoE Engages in Race to the Bottom

Mon, 16/02/2015 - 18:15

In the context of the release of the inflation report on Feb 12th, the BoE decided to remove the effective 0.5% floor for its benchmark interest rate. The December inflation figure, at 0.5% yoy, was actually the lowest number registered in the past 15 years. Against this backdrop, hedge funds have increased their short positioning on the GBPUSD over the last three months. »

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Alpha smarter than beta, but smart beta assets still double in two years, says Towers Watson

Mon, 16/02/2015 - 17:00

Towers Watson’s institutional investment clients allocated over USD8bn to smart beta strategies in 2014, bringing the total exposure to around USD40bn (in 550 portfolios), across a range of asset classes.  »

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Eurex launches new single stock dividend futures contracts

Mon, 16/02/2015 - 16:00

Eurex Exchange has enhanced its dividend derivatives product suite with the launch of 31 new single stock dividend futures in two phases. »


Watts Capital offers top hedge funds to clients

Mon, 16/02/2015 - 11:00

Clients of Watts Capital Partners, an independent wealth management firm based in New York City, can now invest in leading hedge funds through an alliance with Crystal Capital Partners and Deer Isle Capital. »