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Confidence among asset managers will drive greater industry consolidation, says Moody’s

In the last several months there has been an uptick in global M&A activity, driven by improved valuations, increased risk appetites and renewed strategic ambitions. »

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ICE futures and options ADV down in June

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has reported a decrease in futures and options average daily volume (ADV) of 26 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively, compared to prior year periods, for the second quarter of 2014. »

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The new reality: Persistent automation for fund management

By Branden Jones, Liquid Holdings – This is the year for big data. Across industries, firms have unprecedented amounts of both public, and private information sets—from user profiles and consumer habits, to business outputs and proprietary algorithms. But access to data, or information at large, does not guarantee a valuable yield. »

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June proves positive for hedge funds as gross invested levels increase

Asset prices rallied across equities, bonds, credit and most commodities in June. Hedge funds performed positively with the HFRX Global Hedge Fund index up 0.9 per cent for the month. »

Hans Schlaikier, Hedgeweek

TPG Capital enters strategic partnership with HS Group… HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up in June…

Global private equity firm TPG Capital is buying a stake in Hong Kong-based hedge fund sponsor HS Group Ltd (HSG) and establishing a strategic relationship with the company, HSG said in a statement on Thursday according to Reuters. »

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UK's financial services trade surplus is world’s biggest, says TheCityUK

The UK's trade surplus in financial services is the biggest in the world, more than two and a half times bigger than the next largest surplus recorded by the US, according to figures from TheCityUK. »

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Credit Suisse LAB index up 0.62 per cent in June

The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (CSLAB), which aims to reflect the performance of the overall hedge fund industry, finished up 0.62 per cent in June. »


All seven IndexIQ investable hedge fund replication indices positive in June

All seven of IndexIQ’s proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indices recorded positive returns in June. »

James Williams, Hedgeweek

FJ Capital offers investors opportunity to leverage M&A activity in US small-cap financials

“By investing in the potential sellers and proven buyers, the Fund is uniquely positioned to fully take advantage of the bank merger trend in the US,” wrote FJ Capital Management LLC in its May 2014 investor newsletter. »

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BATS Chi-X Europe adds more customers to BXTR trade reporting service

BATS Chi-X Europe has added several new customers to BXTR, the exchange’s suite of on- and off-exchange trade reporting services. »

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