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Dermot Butler, chairman, Custom House Global Fund Services

On the failure of MF Global and the role of NEDs

Sun, 11/12/2011 - 18:35

+ information request The horrifying thing about MF Global is you can bring in someone with huge experience like John Corzine, who has seen what’s gone on in the past three years, and yet he goes in and completely fails to prevent what has become the biggest blow-up since Lehman’s – indeed, it has been suggested that he instigated the disastrous trade, says Dermot Butler (pictured), chairman, Custom House Global Fund Services… »

Jay Gould, partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

SEC gets serious about adviser compliance

Thu, 01/12/2011 - 06:13

Jay Gould, partner with law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, says the SEC’s recent decision to charge three investment advisers over compliance failures sends a ‘clear signal’ that the regulator is ‘serious about adviser compliance’… »

Yannick Naud, Portfolio Manager, Glendevon King Asset Management

Expect further central bank intervention

Wed, 30/11/2011 - 22:28

Yannick Naud (pictured), Portfolio Manager at Glendevon King Asset Management is execpting further central bank intervention… »

David Miller, partner, Cheviot Asset Management

European recession has already been priced in by the Markets

Mon, 28/11/2011 - 17:10

David Miller (pictured), Partner at Cheviot Asset Management, has this afternoon Commented on the OECD’s report which has slashed global growth rates and said that Britain may slip into a modest recession, David Miller, partner at Cheviot Asset Management, says that a European recession “is already in the Market price”… »

Ralf Oberbannscheidt, portfolio manager, DWS Invest Global Agribusiness

Opportunities in the agricultural sector have never been so varied

Thu, 24/11/2011 - 09:54

While celebrations are being held worldwide for the birth of the seven billionth baby, questions are being raised as to whether the world's resources will be able to support its growing population. With this milestone, and the expectation that the world’s population could double by 2100, agronomists and scientists continue to research the agricultural solutions to address these issues, says Ralf Oberbannscheidt (pictured), portfolio manager, DWS Invest Global Agribusiness... »

Scott D O'Malia, Commissioner, CFTC

Statement on MF Global – Next steps

Mon, 21/11/2011 - 09:37

By Commissioner Scott D O’Malia - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “Commission”) has confirmed that our Division of Enforcement is investigating MF Global, Inc. (“MF Global”) for possible violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) and/or Commission regulations. I fully support the Commission’s efforts to conduct a thorough investigation to determine what happened with the customer funds, how we can return all customer funds as soon as possible, and punish any wrongdoing. »

Anthony Gillham, portfolio manager, Skandia Investment Group

Italy – Wake up and smell the coffee

Thu, 17/11/2011 - 13:19

It looks like the market has reacted with some cheer to the news that Silvio Berlusconi has stepped down as Italian Prime Minister with his successor Mario Monti asked to form a new government following approval of a reform package by the Italian parliament on Saturday, says Anthony Gillham (pictured), portfolio manager at Skandia Investment Group (SIG)… »

Scott Wolle Chief Investment Officer, Invesco

Avoiding the snares of forecasting in complex markets

Thu, 10/11/2011 - 13:31

Forecasting is a necessary but challenging exercise in investing. The more complex the financial markets, the more complicated a forecast. In addition, the natural difficulty of forecasting is exacerbated further by typical human responses to complex situations. Scott Wolle (pictured), Chief Investment Officer of Invesco, believes investors must develop a process that avoids the worst of the obvious errors, has hedges in place, and is constantly reviewed for sufficient robustness… »

Mark Spinner, partner, Eversheds

Fund investors look for revolution in fee structure

Wed, 09/11/2011 - 12:00

Prominent investors are using the recent market turmoil as an opportunity to pressure private equity firms into changing the way they organise their fee structures. Sovereign wealth funds have been particularly vociferous about changing the traditional model of management fees of up to two percent. Mark Spinner (pictured), partner at international law firm Eversheds, comments… »

William Sels, UK head of investment strategy, HSBC

Rate of profit growth to slow dramatically

Tue, 08/11/2011 - 12:49

The third quarter earnings season in the US has turned out better than many initially feared. However, the challenges facing the corporate sector over the coming months are significant, and the likelihood is that the rate of profit growth will slow dramatically, or possibly go into negative territory, says William Sels, UK head of investment strategy at HSBC… »

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