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Thomas Becket, Chief Investment Officer of PSigma Investment Management

Long term investors should try and see through the current economic squall

Thu, 08/09/2011 - 11:16

It is very hard to know where to start. The last month has been a chaotic mix of extreme market volatility, contradictory but generally poor economic data, baffling politics and bizarre actions from governments around the world, says Thomas Becket, Chief Investment Officer of PSigma Investment Management… »

Thomas Schlebusch, CEO, Blue Ink Investments

Comment: Essential role for hedge funds in SA retirement funding industry

Tue, 06/09/2011 - 14:01

The recent high levels of volatility experienced by local and global stock markets has once again highlighted the need for investors to effectively diversify their retirement portfolios. According to Thomas Schlebusch, CEO of Blue Ink Investments, investors who wish to diversify their retirement investments should be looking to South African hedge funds, which are currently offering attractive risk adjusted returns and low volatility levels… »

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

Comment: FATCA could well cause managers to turn their backs on the US

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 13:10

Another draconian measure is set to grace the industry – FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), says Dermot Butler (pictured) chairman of Custom House Global Fund Services Ltd and Custom House Group. »

Don Seymour, managing director, DMS Management

Comment: Amateur hour cancelled

Sun, 04/09/2011 - 20:38

Don Seymour (pictured), founder and managing director of DMS Management and former head of investment services at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, says last week’s judgement against directors of the Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund, for failure to perform their duties adequately, was a long time coming – and that in future members of Cayman fund boards who fail to perform their duties and responsibilities properly will pay a heavy price… »

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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