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Morten Spenner, CEO, IAM

Hedge funds are back doing what they do best

Fri, 23/09/2011 - 11:47

Morten Spenner (pictured), CEO of International Asset Management (IAM) the GBP2.8bn Fund of Hedge Funds, challenges the recent loss of faith in hedge funds and argues that they are now back doing exactly what investors expect of them… »

Azad Zangana, Schroders

ECB to continue buying bonds despite Italian downgrade

Thu, 22/09/2011 - 06:00

The European Central Bank (ECB) will continue buying bonds despite Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade Italy's sovereign debt rating from A+ to A, says Schroders' Azad Zangana… »

Anne Dolan, chartered secretary, Walkers Management Services

Corporate governance and the Weavering judgement

Mon, 12/09/2011 - 06:00

Anne Dolan, a chartered secretary with Walkers Management Services in the Cayman Islands, argues that it is telling that in the recent case regarding the collapsed Macro Fixed Income Fund, which resulted in a USD111m judgement against the fund’s independent directors, significant weight was given to documentary evidence of board meetings and the way in which these meetings were conducted. »

Fabian Degen, fund manager for dividend strategies, DWS Investments

Low interest rate environment offers big opportunity for dividend investors

Fri, 09/09/2011 - 12:30

Despite recent market conditions, the current investment environment makes dividend investing attractive for several reasons, says Fabian Degen, fund manager for dividend strategies, DWS Investments… »

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... »

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