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Michael Peters, member of the Eurex executive board

Eurex to launch Canadian single stock futures on 25 November

Wed, 24/11/2010 - 06:49

Eurex will launch single stock futures on leading Canadian companies on 25 November 2010. »

Crystal ball

Asset allocation changes may add more value than stock selection, says Mellon

Wed, 24/11/2010 - 06:05

Skill in adjusting exposures to various asset classes over time could be the most valuable part of the investment process for hedge funds and is likely to add more value than either selecting securities or maintaining a static equity exposure.  »

Electronic trading floor

Deutsche Bank expands equity electronic trading in the Americas

Tue, 23/11/2010 - 16:03

Deutsche Bank has appointed Jay Fraser as a managing director and head of Autobahn equity execution and head of Autobahn equity sales in the Americas. »

Lionel Martellini, scientific director of Edhec-Risk Institute

Edhec-Risk proposes optimal investment strategy for sovereign wealth funds

Tue, 23/11/2010 - 12:16

The Edhec-Risk Institute has released a publication which proposes a formal analysis of the optimal investment policy and risk management practices of sovereign wealth funds. »

Trader

November most successful month for Eurex Kospi Product

Tue, 23/11/2010 - 06:38

Derivatives exchange Eurex says November has become the most successful month for the Eurex Kospi Product based on the Kospi 200 options available on the Korea Exchange with a record daily volume of 14,636 on 4 November. »

Dominique Cerutti, president and deputy chief executive, NYSE Euronext

NYSE Euronext to launch consolidated tape for European equity markets

Tue, 23/11/2010 - 06:06

NYSE Euronext’s wholly owned subsidiary NYSE Technologies plans to launch a consolidated tape for European equity markets beginning in quarter three 2011. »

Doug Nairne, head of enhanced due diligence operations at World-Check

Fraud remains key due diligence driver

Mon, 22/11/2010 - 18:07

By Doug Nairne - One of the most important changes in the global financial industry over the past three years, and indeed the business environment as a whole, is the increased importance placed upon due diligence. That means paying closer attention not just to counterparties in order to detect any evidence of fraud – although this is certainly a vital component – but also wider issues, especially legal ones, to see whether they could have any detrimental effect on a firm’s business. »

Abseiling down glass tower

Risk industry adapts to challenge of “unknown unknowns”

Mon, 22/11/2010 - 18:03

By Simon Gray - Risk is the element that hedge fund managers above all others, are supposed to thrive on, but members of the industry long ago understood that there are many more facets to the concept than the market volatility that brings opportunities to the strong-nerved. Indeed, the past few years have highlighted the factors memorably described by US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld, in another context, as “unknown unknowns” – risks that could not be protected against because their very possibility was not conceived of. »

Paul Compton, head of product management for alternative investments at SunGard

Operational risk, IT and outsourcing

Mon, 22/11/2010 - 17:55

By Paul Compton - The traumatic crisis that engulfed the industry two years ago prompted a renewed concern among many hedge fund managers to gain control over their positions and exposures. Traumatised investors started asking managers many more questions about how positions were being valued, and even, in the wake of Madoff, whether the assets the fund claimed actually existed. This greater activism on the part of investors has turned out to be a lasting phenomenon, with managers under pressure to answer questions continually about their investment exposures and operational risk. »

Dr Lance Smith, chief executive of Imagine Software

Best practice in post-crisis risk management

Mon, 22/11/2010 - 17:51

By Lance Smith - The market turbulence of the past three years has exposed a number of flaws and limitations in traditional approaches to risk management. In the aftermath of the crisis, investors are increasingly pressuring alternative investment managers to ensure the most advanced and appropriate tools and methodologies are being used to deliver the most robust risk management process possible. »

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