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Bill O'Neill, CIO, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Comment: Merrill Lynch Wealth Management CIO Bill O'Neill assesses the potential financial aftershocks of Friday's devastating earthquake

Mon, 14/03/2011 - 16:46

The extensive damage caused by the enormous earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan at 2.46pm (local time) on Friday afternoon has gradually taken form over the weekend. Our thoughts are first and foremost with those affected by this tragedy. The human impact is still difficult to fully comprehend – the loss looks to be grievous. The economic and financial consequences are still largely unformed with nuclear facilities in the locality still at some considerable risk. »

Carl Winkworth, partner, Kibbe & Orbe

Opinion: Hedge funds and the UK Bribery Act

Fri, 11/03/2011 - 06:00

The implementation of the keenly-awaited UK Bribery Act has been delayed to allow greater clarity in its provisions and definitions, but Carl Winkworth and William P. Barry of law firm Richards Kibbe & Orbe argue that there is no reason for hedge fund and private equity managers to wait until final publication of the legislation to begin implementing anti-corruption compliance programmes. »

Luke Stellini, European Product Director, Invesco Henley European Equity Team

Comment: Sustainable recovery in sentiment towards European equities

Wed, 02/03/2011 - 06:00

Luke Stellini (pictured), European Product Director, Invesco Henley European Equity Team, examines growing evidence of a recovery in the European stockmarkets. »

Peter Hayden, partner, Mourant Ozannes

Opinion: Is the liquidation of hedge funds an Achilles heel?

Tue, 01/03/2011 - 06:00

  Mourant Ozannes partner Peter Hayden (pictured) and associate Tim Richards say that divergent court decisions in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands on whether and under what circumstances liquidators should be appointed to funds that are in the process of being wound up by their managers highlight the need for express provisions on liquidation to be included in their constitutional documents, if necessary through amendment of existing provisions.   »

Jason Nolan, certified business continuity planner, Eze Castle

Comment: Wild winter weather spurs hedge funds’ business continuity plans

Wed, 23/02/2011 - 06:00

Jason Nolan, certified business continuity planner at Eze Castle Integration, outlines the benefits of business continuity plans as sudden bouts of extreme weather conditions continue to dominate the winter weather news. »

Scilla Huang Sun, fund manager, JB Luxury Brands Fund, Swiss & Global Asset Management

Comment: Sparkling demand for luxury brands

Thu, 17/02/2011 - 12:15

The luxury goods industry is growing, and continues to be profitable, says Scilla Huang Sun (pictured), fund manager, JB Luxury Brands Fund, Swiss & Global Asset Management… »

Adam Hewitson, legal counsel to Throgmorton

Opinion: The impact of the UK’s Remuneration Code on hedge fund managers

Thu, 17/02/2011 - 06:00

Adam Hewitson, legal counsel to outsourcing provider Throgmorton, argues that although hedge fund managers benefit from the principle of proportionality under the UK’s newly-revised Remuneration Code for the financial industry, they will still face pressure on management time and resources in ensuring compliance. »

Thomas Weber, Chief Investment Officer Hedge Funds, LGT Capital Partners

Comment: 2011 presents an attractive environment for active hedge fund managers

Mon, 24/01/2011 - 12:35

Thomas Weber, Chief Investment Officer Hedge Funds, LGT Capital Partners and lead portfolio manager of fund of hedge funds Castle Alternative Invest (Castle AI), examines the outlook for 2011. »

Paul Marson, chief investment officer at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch

Comment: The CHF, just a stamp of excellence?

Wed, 12/01/2011 - 06:00

The turn of the year saw the CHF hit record highs. The trade-weighted exchange rate was up 15% in 2010, and is 30% higher from the start of the financial crisis in October 2007. Paul Marson (pictured), chief investment officer at Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch, examines the factors driving this upwards run. »

Bill Miller, Chairman and CIO, Legg Mason Capital

Comment: US Large Caps significantly undervalued

Mon, 10/01/2011 - 13:38

Bill Miller (pictured), Chairman and CIO of Legg Mason affiliate Legg Mason Capital Management, believes US large cap equities are significantly undervalued and that the S&P 500 could deliver as much as 15% growth in 2011. »

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