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Gary Gensler, chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

Comment: CFTC eager to clean up swap market

Fri, 02/09/2011 - 12:09

Before the 2008 financial crisis, The USA’s largest financial institutions were trading complicated derivatives, called swaps, in the shadows, which helped propel the economy into a downward spiral, says Gary Gensler is chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission… »

Dermot Butler, chairman of Custom House Global Fund Services Ltd and Custom House Group

Comment: Whatever happened to cost benefit analysis?

Thu, 01/09/2011 - 15:53

I have previously discussed some of the pitfalls of the Dodd-Frank Act. But aside from this, there have been thousands of words written concerning the excessive cost that will be imposed upon the industry in complying with all of the regulations introduced globally post-2008, says Dermot Butler (pictured), chairman of Custom House Global Fund Services Ltd and Custom House Group. Over and above the costs of putting in systems and training staff to handle these compliance issues, there will be huge legal costs... »

Willem Sels, UK Head of Investment Strategy, HSBC Private Bank

Comment: M&A - a bright spot in the gloom

Thu, 01/09/2011 - 12:02

Equity markets have had a torrid time of late, buffeted by the headwinds of slowing economic growth, and the ongoing worries about the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. However, amongst all the gloom there are still some bright spots, says Willem Sels, UK Head of Investment Strategy at HSBC Private Bank… »

Andrew Morris, managing director, Signature

Comment: Letter from America

Wed, 31/08/2011 - 14:00

Andrew Morris (pictured), managing director of Signature, a trading name of Rowan Dartington, on the current state of the markets and levels of company debt… »

Mike Shiao, investment director, Invesco Hong Kong

Comment: Demographic change in China fuels transition to consumption- and services-led economy

Tue, 30/08/2011 - 13:07

China’s economic rebalancing will stimulate higher-quality growth while creating new investment opportunities in consumption- and infrastructure-related areas, according to Mike Shiao (pictured), investment director at Invesco Hong Kong… »

Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance

Comment: Jersey funds find stable ground

Fri, 26/08/2011 - 09:56

Jersey Finance chief executive Geoff Cook on the latest developments in the island's fund industry post AIFMD… »

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Comment Swiss-UK tax deal will be headache for banks

Thu, 25/08/2011 - 17:58

Glen Millar, head of Kinetic Partners’ Swiss operations, on the Swiss-UK tax arrangement announced on Thursday by the Treasury… »

Angelos Damaskos, CEO, Sector Investment Managers and Fund Advisor, Junior Oils Trust

Comment: Current undervaluation of oil companies cannot continue

Thu, 25/08/2011 - 09:51

Oil companies are currently undervalued but the situation cannot continue for long, says Angelos Damaskos (pictured), CEO, Sector Investment Managers and Fund Advisor, Junior Oils Trust… »

Don A Steinbrugge, managing partner, Agecroft Partners

Comment: Hedge fund net flows will hold up much better if we see another 2008 type market decline

Wed, 24/08/2011 - 10:42

After the market decline of 2008, the hedge fund industry experienced a significant contraction that was driven by negative performance, heavy redemptions and almost a complete seizing of inflows. The major question running through the hedge fund industry today according to Don A Steinbrugge, managing partner of Agecroft Partners is – to quote Yogi Berra, the famous New York Yankee catcher – is it “déjà-vu, all over again”? »

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Comment: India is ahead of the curve, nearing end of rate rises

Mon, 22/08/2011 - 17:38

On 25 July, India raised its repo and reverse repo rates by 50bp and is likely only one or two rate rise away from the top of the cycle. This is important because this means that while the rest of Asia faces one to two years of rate hikes, India stands alone in being close to the end of their rate rise cycle, according to Dylan Tinker of Venus Capital Management… »

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