Singapore

SGX SICOM Rubber Futures volume its new high

Singapore Exchange’s (SGX) global physical benchmark SICOM Rubber Futures contracts achieved a new record month in June with 40,679 lots traded, surging 53 per cent higher than a year before.   »


Board room

Pershing Square proposes independent slate for Allergan board of directors

Activist hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management is proposing a slate of six independent directors for the board of directors of Allergan. »


Fiona Le Poidevin, chief executive of Guernsey Finance

Domicile choice comes to the fore at Guernsey ILS event in Zurich

The choice of domicile for insurance-linked securities (ILS) transactions was among the hot topics discussed at a Guernsey Finance-hosted thought leadership event in the reinsurance centre of Zurich last week. »


Mutual funds

Mutual funds are top choice for accessing alt strategies, says survey

Mutual funds continue to grow as the vehicle of choice for accessing alternative strategies, according to the eighth annual alternative investment survey by Morningstar and Barron’s. »


Investments

Outperformance of L/S equity hedge funds is over, says Lyxor

The outperformance of L/S equity versus L/S credit and fixed income arbitrage recorded in 2013 came abruptly to a halt in the first half of 2014, says Phillipe Ferreira, head of research at Lyxor’s Managed Account Platform. »


Computers

Taliance to focus on alt investments following back-office solutions sale

Taliance, a global analytics provider serving the alternative investments marketplace, has sold its back office-focused accounting and transactional solutions to asset management software provider Cassiopae. »


Index

Efficient Minimum Volatility strategy best performing ERI Scientific Beta index in June

The Efficient Minimum Volatility strategy was the best performing strategy for the developed equity universe in June, both in absolute (8.54 per cent) and relative terms (2.20 per cent), according to ERI Scientific Beta. »


Sell

Lyxor UK grows institutional sales teams in UK and Northern Europe

Lyxor Asset Management UK has made three appointments to lead its growth in the UK and Northern European markets. »


Beta

Demand for alternative beta continues as pension schemes seek lower cost solutions, says UBS

There is a growing interest in the fiduciary management space, with assets under management in the UK estimated to be over GBP 50 billion as of 2012, according to a UBS Global Asset Management study. »


Survey

Alibaba IPO divides investment opinion

While almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of the financial industry sees Alibaba Group as a good long-term investment, less than half (43 per cent) intend to buy shares in the group’s forthcoming IPO, according to a survey by ConvergEx. »


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