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Weekly Brief: First Signs of Policy Normalization bring Dispersion in Returns

Weekly Brief: First Signs of Policy Normalisation bring Dispersion in Returns

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 15:30

Whilst the Federal Reserve kept an overall dovish tone in its latest minutes released on Wednesday, Fed officials have started discussing the timing of a rate hike due to renewed confidence in the US economic recovery. At this stage, an initial hike of Fed rates in June seems optimistic, but strong employment gains are clearly putting some pressure on the Fed to act soon.  »

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JPMorgan announces intended MMF designations in response to SEC reforms

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 12:00

The Board of Trustees of the JPMorgan Money Market Funds has approved the firm's preliminary recommendation regarding the intended designation of its publicly offered money market funds as "Institutional," "Retail" or "Government," in accordance with the criteria established by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in July 2014.  »

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Quantmetrics joins Lyxor’s AIFM managed account platform

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 06:00

Quantmetrics Capital Management is to join Lyxor Asset Management’s AIFM managed account platform enabling Lyxor to launch its first AIFMD-compliant strategy on the platform. »

London stock exchange

Gabelli launches Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust on LSE

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 06:00

Gabelli Funds has completed the offering of a London Stock Exchange listed closed-end fund, The Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust (GVP), the firm’s first direct entry to the UK investment community. »

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Fifth Street Asset Management closes USD309.5m debut CLO

Fri, 20/02/2015 - 21:00

Fifth Street Asset Management has closed the Fifth Street Senior Loan Fund I (FS SLF I), a USD309.5 million collateralised loan obligation (CLO).  »

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GFI Board Supports BGC's USD6.10 per share tender offer

Fri, 20/02/2015 - 16:00

BGC Partners and GFI Group have entered into a tender offer support agreement in which GFI's board of directors unanimously agreed to support BGC's tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of GFI common stock at USD6.10 per share in cash. »


Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is going 'mainstream'

Fri, 20/02/2015 - 15:00

Sub-Saharan Africa is a rapidly growing investment theme and its dynamics will increasingly impact on both Developed and other Emerging Markets.  The region is particularly interesting to investors on account of both the demographics, the rate of change of the markets and the low correlation with Developed and Emerging Markets. The May 2000 cover of The Economist carried a picture of Africa titled 'The Hopelesss Continent'. In March 2013 that changed to 'Africa Rising' with a feature concluding that the reforms and investment would soon bear fruit. The time is now as the investment is increasingly coming from International investors and with it the technology and transparency of dealing in the markets. Sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) is going 'mainstream'. »

London offices

Capricorn Fund Managers selects Viteos for middle office

Fri, 20/02/2015 - 14:00

Capricorn Fund Managers, a Johannesburg and London based hedge fund manager, has selected Viteos for a complete middle office services solution on a co-sourcing model. »

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Crestbridge strengthens real estate and corporate teams with senior appointments

Fri, 20/02/2015 - 13:45

Administration and corporate services firm Crestbridge has continued to strengthen its senior team in Jersey with the double appointment of Fiona Wilson and Steven Morrice. »

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Skënderbeg Funds AGmvK expands range with four new sub-funds

Fri, 20/02/2015 - 13:00

Skënderbeg Funds AGmvK has expanded its range of funds with the launch of four traditional single-manager funds in partnership with Your Wealth AG.  »


In an excerpt from the Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets H1 2015, exclusive Preqin survey results reveal that while industry performance has been poor, investors remain committed to the asset class. ... »


Fund managers and investors are in a tug-of-war over the issue of transparency. Once content with a performance update, basic valuation and general market commentary, Limited Partners (LPs) are now digging deeper, asking more questions and requiring more information from General Partners (GPs) than ever before. ... »

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In an excerpt from the Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets H1 2015, the spotlight is on investors’ attitudes towards alternative private real estate exposure.  ... »

Special report
Switzerland Hedge Fund Services 2015

Switzerland Hedge Fund Services 2015

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 19:14

New regulations are allowing hedge fund managers and institutional investors to take advantage of fresh opportunities in the Swiss market, from innovative new fund platforms to new fund strategies and structures that provide significant portfolio diversification opportunities... »

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How to Access Europe using third party AIFMs

Read how managers seeking to distribute in Europe can appoint a third party AIFM (or ManCo), and the fund distribution benefits this can bring, both for new fund launches and redomiciled funds... »

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