Guy Mettrick, SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services

Expanding support for alternative UCITS hedge fund managers

SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services (GAS) has been supporting UCITS funds from its Dublin operation since 1995 and non-UCITS funds since 1990. With the growth of alternative UCITS in full swing, the firm is already extending its support to alternative managers beyond its existing (long only) UCITS platform. »


Ian Swallow, Man Group

Dispelling the myths about alternative UCITS

By Ian Swallow – A framework, not an endorsement: The popularity of the UCITS ‘brand’ is beyond question and this continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the fund-management industry. Indeed, our own anecdotal experience suggests that investors outside of Europe often prefer to invest in a fund under the UCITS banner. »


Louis Zanolin, Alix Capital

Alternative UCITS enjoy strongest level of growth since 2009

“Over the first six months of this year there’s been an acceleration of AuM growth. According to our database, assets in alternative UCITS have grown by 24 per cent. This is the largest growth, in percentage terms, since we started tracking the universe at the end of 2009,” says Louis Zanolin (pictured), CEO of Alix Capital which runs the UCITS Alternative Index series. »


Jan Viebig, CEO and Head of Alternative Investments at Harcourt Investment Consulting

Research-driven funds designed to mitigate strategy-specific risk

Towards the end of 2013 Harcourt Investment Consulting, the alternatives arm of Vontobel Asset Management, launched a family of three funds under the moniker of “Research-Driven Strategies” (RDS). The objective of these funds was simple: to harvest strategy-specific risk premia in a UCITS fund structure and deliver to investors an absolute return profile independent of market conditions. »


Andrew Dreaneen, Schroders

Manager selection yields substantial results

Last year, the average long/short equity alternative UCITS fund returned 11.07 per cent according to Alix Capital. It was the first sign that these regulated funds could hold their own against their freewheeling offshore equivalents. »


Cyrus Amaria, deputy head of Alternative Investments at Lyxor

Plenty of room for growth as assets reach USD1bn

Last February, just before ESMA published its updated guidelines on ETFs and UCITS, Lyxor Asset Management made its first foray into the alternative UCITS space. Hand picked from its managed account platform, Lyxor launched the Lyxor/Tiedemann Arbitrage Strategy Fund, a merger arbitrage strategy run by TIG Advisors. »


James Williams, Hedgeweek

Alternative UCITS platforms record strong AuM growth

Market regulation and the desire among investors for regulated alternative funds has proven to be a fantastic opportunity for platform operators, particularly those supporting alternative UCITS. »


Managed futures

Ramius and SSgA plan managed futures fund relationship

Ramius has filed a proxy statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission seeking shareholder approval to hire State Street Global Advisors to serve as sub-advisor to the Ramius Trading Strategies Managed Futures Fund. »


Mutual funds

Context Alternative Strategies Fund added to three mutual fund platforms

Context Asset Management’s alternative mutual fund, the Context Alternative Strategies Fund, is now available for purchase on three mutual fund platforms – Fidelity Investments, Charles Schwab and Pershing. »


Holland Grant, BISX

Securities exchange an added dimension to Bahamas financial industry

By Holland Grant – The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) was established as a private, for-profit company in September 1999 and is the only securities exchange in The Bahamas to be regulated under the Securities Industry Act, 2011.  »


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