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Ralf Oberbannscheidt, portfolio manager, DWS Invest Global Agribusiness

Strong performance from supply chain and infrastructure in Brazil offer opportunities for agribusiness investors

Wed, 28/03/2012 - 13:05

Recent volatility in food and commodity prices can be attributed to global growth in population and per capita incomes, increasing world consumption of animal products, rising energy prices and growing global bio-fuel production, depreciation of the US dollar and slower growth in agricultural productivity. Ralf Oberbannscheidt (pictured), portfolio manager, DWS Invest Global Agribusiness, believes that research and education provide the solutions to combat these long term issues, meet the food needs facing the twenty-first century, and provide returns for investors… »

Don Steinbrugge, Agecroft Partners

Fund of hedge funds industry is all about niches

Tue, 27/03/2012 - 13:45

Don Steinbrugge, managing member of third-party marketing firm Agecroft Partners, says that in a highly competitive marketplace with more than 2,000 funds of hedge funds, firms can defy current industry headwinds and raise assets successfully by identifying a market niche within three areas: strategy focus, fund structure and investor segment. »

Chris Cummings, CEO, TheCityUK

Budget provides grounds for optimism

Wed, 21/03/2012 - 16:21

Chris Cummings, CEO of TheCityUK, welcomes UK Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget Statement… »

Matthew Reinhard, Miller & Chevalier

Investing in trouble – the risks to hedge funds of international corruption

Sun, 11/03/2012 - 10:20

To date hedge funds have largely escaped the impact of the increasing scope and aggressive enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. However, Matthew Reinhard, a member at Washington, DC law firm Miller & Chevalier, argues that hedge fund firms must monitor two large FCPA risk areas: inbound investment into and outbound investment by the fund… »

Rupert Worsdale, partner, Maitland

SA budget commits to a broad investment manager exemption

Mon, 27/02/2012 - 10:30

A welcome inclusion in South Africa’s national budget on Wednesday was a further commitment to a broad-based investment manager exemption, says Rupert Worsdale (pictured), partner with Maitland, London… »

Stephanie Kretz, Lomabrd Odier

European equity markets are incredibly cheap

Tue, 14/02/2012 - 19:53

European equity markets are ‘incredibly cheap’ but investors should ‘remain cautious’, says Stephanie Kretz, a member of the Investment Strategy Team for Private Banking at Lombard Odier… »

Barry Norris, Partner, Argonaut Capital Partners

Europe defies the doom-mongers

Mon, 13/02/2012 - 22:58

Barry Norris (pictured), Partner, Argonaut Capital Partners and Manager of the Ignis Argonaut European Alpha Fund, on how the Eurozone is defying the doom-mongers… »

Jerome Booth, Head of Research, Ashmore Investment Management

Unwinding global imbalances

Thu, 09/02/2012 - 09:31

The most likely path for unwinding global imbalances over the medium term is through appreciation of EM currencies versus G10 currencies, says Jerome Booth, Head of Research, and Jan Dehn, Strategist at Ashmore Investment Management… »

Lou Sala, chief executive, Capital Markets practice, WTP Advisors

Hallmarks of a successful hedge fund in 2012

Wed, 08/02/2012 - 07:59

Lou Sala, chief executive of the Capital Markets practice at WTP Advisors, says that in the wake of the Madoff scandal, due diligence processes that were once little more than box-ticking exercises have become a searching and in some respects painful examination for hedge fund managers. »

Noeleen Ruddy, senior counsel, structured products and capital markets group, Walkers

Ireland extends its commodity fund offering

Tue, 07/02/2012 - 07:46

By Petrina Smyth and Noeleen Ruddy (pictured) – As a leading jurisdiction for the establishment of investment funds and structured finance vehicles, Ireland has seen commodity funds established for many years using regulated Qualifying Investor Funds, ranging from funds investing in precious metals to agricultural crop funds. »

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