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Barclays joins retreat from commodities as new rules bite
By Reuters
04/22/2014 2:00:53 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Barclays will quit most of its commodities trading businesses, joining a broader retreat by banks as profits tumble in the face of tougher regulation. The British bank's exit means three of the top five banks in commodities have significantly reduced or shuttered their natural resource trading arms since last summer, with profits hit by regulatory demands for lenders to hold more capital to shield them against any problems.
Trafigura steps out of the shadows in academic case study
By Reuters
04/17/2014 4:05:54 PM ET

Editor's note: This version of the story corrects the spelling of Andrew Gowers' first name in the 4th paragraph. NEW YORK (Reuters)—A detailed new case study scrutinizing the risk-management Swiss-based Trafigura is the latest effort to "demystify" the once-secretive commodity trading industry, just big merchants seek to fill a void being left by Wall Street banks.
Hedge funds' March performance worst in nine months: data
By Reuters
04/10/2014 5:13:56 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Hedge funds had their weakest month since mid-2013 in March, data showed on Thursday [April 10], as investments took a hit from tensions in Ukraine and fears of a slowdown in China. The asset-weighted SS&C GlobeOp Capital Performance Index showed the gross return of the average fund was minus 1.
Institutions now largest hedge fund investors: study
By Reuters
04/09/2014 4:32:10 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Pension funds and other institutions have become the largest investors in hedge funds over the past decade as they seek protection from any re-run of the financial crisis. They have replaced funds of funds and high-net-worth individuals as the largest allocators to hedge funds, according to an 11-year industry review by data firm eVestment released Wednesday [April 9].
MF Global customers to recoup $6.7 billion as final payout starts
By Reuters
04/03/2014 3:00:39 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Former customers of MF Global Holdings Ltd.'s bankrupt brokerage will recoup all $6.7 billion they are owed following the completion of a payout that will begin on Friday [April 4], its trustee said.
Investors accuse 12 banks of forex price rigging in U.S. lawsuit
By Reuters
04/01/2014 5:16:11 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Twelve large banks have been sued in a consolidated antitrust lawsuit by investors who claim they conspired to rig prices in the roughly $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.
Traders say they are not 'too big to fail', but clearing houses might be
By Reuters
04/01/2014 4:30:46 PM ET

LAUSANNE (Reuters)—The world's regulators should stop worrying whether trading houses are "too big to fail" and focus instead on ensuring that new rules are not forcing far too many deals through clearing houses, major commodity traders said on Tuesday [April 1]. Some policymakers question whether the largest commodities firms, which handle almost a trillion dollars a year in energy, metals and grains deals, could pose a risk to the wider economy.
Hong Kong, New Zealand investigate banks for alleged FX manipulation
By Reuters
04/01/2014 2:27:04 PM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Regulators in Hong Kong and New Zealand said on Tuesday [April 1] that they are investigating banks' conduct in the foreign exchange market as part of an investigation tied to the global probe into FX markets. The move shows that the regulatory crackdown on the $5.
Ares Management files for IPO
By Reuters
03/31/2014 6:01:20 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Credit investment and private equity firm Ares Management LP filed to go public on Monday [March 31] in what would be the first initial public offering by a major alternative asset manager since Carlyle Group LP's offering two years ago. Ares said in a filing with the U.
Asia hedge funds add $20 billion in first growth in 3 years
By Reuters
03/21/2014 3:21:48 PM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Asia-focused hedge funds added $20 billion in assets in 2013, recording their first growth in three years and boosting the industry's size to $158.8 billion, according to a survey from tracker AsiaHedge.
JPMorgan sells physical commodities unit to Mercuria for $3.5 billion
By Reuters
03/19/2014 2:02:58 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—JPMorgan is selling its physical commodities business to Mercuria for $3.5 billion, the U.S. investment bank said on Wednesday [March 19], sweeping the fast-growing Swiss trading house into the top league of commodities traders.
Fortress Investment, Benchmark Capital, Ribbit invest in bitcoin fund
By Reuters
03/19/2014 1:22:55 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Pantera Capital Management LP said three prominent investment firms – Benchmark Capital, Fortress Investment Group LLC and Ribbit Capital – are acquiring an interest in its bitcoin fund. The investments in Pantera Bitcoin Partners LLC come at a time when the virtual currency is under close scrutiny by regulators after Tokyo-based Mt.
Fortress-linked Pantera Capital invested $10 million in Bitstamp: report
By Reuters
03/17/2014 12:50:11 PM ET

Editor's note: This version of the story corrects the name of Coinbase in the eighth paragraph. NEW YORK (Reuters)—Pantera Capital Management LP, a hedge fund that manages money for Fortress Investment Group LLC executives, invested about $10 million in Bitstamp Ltd.
German court rejects $1.9 billion Porsche SE investor lawsuit
By Reuters
03/17/2014 1:44:50 PM ET

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters)—A German court has dismissed a lawsuit by hedge funds seeking €1.36 billion ($1.9 billion) in damages from investment company Porsche SE, in a ruling that bodes ill for other claimants pushing damages claims against Porsche.
Global regulators to intensify efforts to revive securitization
By Reuters
03/17/2014 12:54:58 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Global regulators will intensify their efforts to revive a securitization market tarnished by the financial crisis and now seen by policymakers as a key source of funds for the economy, the head of an umbrella regulatory group told Reuters. Securitization bundles loans into interest-bearing bonds to raise money that banks can use to fund themselves and lend to small companies.
Ackman accuses Herbalife of breaking laws in China
By Reuters
03/11/2014 5:33:50 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—Hedge fund manager investor William Ackman renewed his attack on Herbalife on Tuesday[March 11] and said he has evidence the U.S.-based nutrition and weight loss company is breaking direct-selling laws in China, its fastest growing market.
Hedge funds raise Brent oil bets to highest since October
By Reuters
03/10/2014 6:58:47 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Hedge funds and other large speculators last week raised their bets on a rise in Brent crude oil prices to the highest level since October, exchange data showed, highlighting the effect of Ukraine tensions on sentiment. Money managers increased their crude net long positions by 6,864 contracts to 146,785 in the week to March 4, the IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) said.
IMF unveils investors behind emerging market debt boom
By Reuters
03/06/2014 10:39:44 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Big institutional investors account for 80 percent of the half a trillion dollars foreigners have plowed into emerging market sovereign debt in the last few years, according to an analysis by International Monetary Fund economists. Investors such as hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds held $768 billion in emerging market government bonds as of June 2013, the paper showed.
Lehman Europe creditors in line for extra $8 billion payday
By Reuters
03/05/2014 1:09:05 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Hedge funds, asset managers and other creditors of Lehman Brothers' European arm will next month be fully paid out from money recovered from the carcass of the bank and could get an extra £5 billion ($8.4 billion).
Computer-driven trade to grab market share in 2014: study
By Reuters
03/04/2014 11:00:53 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Smaller asset managers and hedge funds will drive an increase in the use of computer-driven equity trading strategies in 2014 as brokerages cut back on the services they offer to less profitable clients, a study shows. Margin pressure among brokers has forced them to focus on servicing big-paying clients at the expense of the rest, many of whom will now look to use so-called "low touch", computer-based strategies to fill the gap, a study by consultants TABB showed on Tuesday [March 4].

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