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Firm to pay USD127.5m to settle charges

Fri, 20/07/2012 - 06:01

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged the US investment banking subsidiary of Japan-based Mizuho Financial Group and three former employees with misleading investors in a collateralised debt obligation by using “dummy assets” to inflate the deal’s credit ratings. »

Anthony Palmer, founding director, BPL Global

BPL Global opens in Singapore

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 14:11

Berry Palmer & Lyle (BPL Global), a political risk insurance broker, has opened a Singapore subsidiary, following on from the opening of its Hong Kong branch in early 2011. »

Short selling

Short selling brothers agree to pay USD14.5m to settle SEC charges

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 12:07

Two options traders who the Securities and Exchange Commission charged earlier this year with short selling violations have agreed to pay more than USD14.5m to settle the case against them. »

Murray Pozmanter, DTCC managing director and general manager, clearing services

DTCC welcomes trading in futures contracts based on DTCC GCF Repo Index

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 10:02

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation has welcomed the trading in futures contracts linked to its proprietary index, the DTCC GCF Repo Index. »

Scott Krase, senior partner and portfolio manager, Oak Hill Advisors

Oak Hill closes USD1.35bn European distressed credit fund

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 09:58

Oak Hill Advisors has held the final closing of its OHA European Strategic Credit Fund, a credit fund focused on distressed debt and corporate restructurings in Europe. »

Globe with currency signs

Deutsche Bank launches FX trading platform

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 06:13

Deutsche Bank has launched an FX trading platform on Autobahn. »

Asia Pacific

Asia Pacific ETP AUM lost USD2.9bn amid bearish equity markets

Thu, 19/07/2012 - 06:04

Assets under management of Asia Pacific exchange-traded products decreased by USD2.9bn and ended at USD111.3bn last week, according to Deutsche Bank. »

Euros

Fund launches help boost alternative Ucits assets to EUR129bn, says Alix Capital

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 16:20

The latest quarterly research on the Ucits hedge funds industry published by Alix Capital reveals a 7.5 per cent increase in the total assets managed by Ucits hedge funds to EUR129bn, an increase of 18.3 per cent over the last 12 months. »

Change direction

Investors reduce exposure to directional strategies

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 16:07

This quarter investors appear very reluctant to make strong bets and are planning to reduce their exposures to directional strategies with most equity long-short strategies seeing a significant drop off in demand for this quarter, according to ML Capital Management’s latest ML Alternative Ucits Barometer. »

Locked money

Futures industry SRO committee proposals to strengthen safeguards for segregated funds

Wed, 18/07/2012 - 14:11

A special committee composed of representatives from the futures industry's self-regulatory organisations (SRO) has proposed additional requirements to SRO rules and regulatory practices designed to strengthen safeguards for customer segregated and secured funds held at the firm. »

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