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Argentina and holdouts play chicken
By Reuters
07/25/2014 1:25:47 PM ET

NEW YORK (IFR/Reuters)—The prospect of a technical default by Argentina is looming as the government and holdout investors stare each other down in a very public battle of nerves ahead of the expiration of a grace period for debt payments on July 30. Efforts this week by U.
In the big bank asset sell-off, clarity is key: UBS chief
By Reuters
07/24/2014 2:11:15 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—When Sam Molinaro took on the job of shifting unwanted assets for UBS – all 430 billion Swiss francs ($480 billion) worth of them – his phone began to ring ceaselessly and his meetings diary filled up fast with potential buyers. Unfortunately, many of those chasing him left disappointed.
Investors swap grains for metals as flows trickle to commodities
By Reuters
07/22/2014 12:59:42 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Investors are slowly being drawn back into commodities, attracted by stronger global economic growth and more volatility within sub-sectors, typified by current investment flows out of grains into industrial metals. The sector has been shunned in recent years, knocked by poor returns during the financial crisis which saw commodities move in step with other assets.
Foreign hedge funds could lose as Europe tightens rules
By Reuters
07/22/2014 11:35:18 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Europe's move to tighten regulation of the hedge fund industry could give home-grown funds an edge over foreign rivals, many of which are still trying to absorb the new rules on attracting investor cash. The rules, known as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AiFMD), were launched a year ago to create a single market for hedge funds and help protect investors by requiring funds to be more transparent and improve their risk management.
Hedge funds slash higher Brent oil bets 25 percent in price rout: ICE
By Reuters
07/21/2014 3:49:47 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Hedge funds and other large speculators slashed their bets on higher Brent crude oil prices by almost 25 percent in the week to July 15, ICE said on Monday [July 21], as prices collapsed to their lowest in three months. The IntercontinentalExchange Inc.
Old-school traders of physical oil teach hedge funds a lesson
By Reuters
07/18/2014 5:21:05 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—A near 10 percent drop in international oil prices since last month has taught a painful lesson to many hedge funds and other speculators in energy futures: you can ignore physical markets for only so long. Hedge funds piled into what seemed a one-way bet in early June, grabbing up oil contracts as the rapid advance of Islamist insurgents in northern Iraq threatened supplies from OPEC's second-largest producer at the same time that peak summer demand was approaching.
Morgan Stanley rebuilds in commodities trading
By Reuters
07/18/2014 4:28:32 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—After more than a year of scaling back in commodities, Morgan Stanley is ready to expand. The Wall Street bank plans to hire about a dozen traders, sales staff and other professionals in the United States.
China CDS trading booms
By Reuters
07/18/2014 3:45:06 PM ET

LONDON (IFR)—Trading in China sovereign credit default swaps has more than doubled in the past year as fears over slowing growth and rising corporate defaults in the world's second largest economy have helped transform the contract into the go-to Asia hedge for macro investors. The net notional outstanding in China CDS now stands at $14.
Dark pool probe builds pressure on Barclays boss
By Reuters
07/14/2014 1:04:59 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Barclays boss Antony Jenkins faces one of the biggest tests of his leadership this month when he decides whether the bank, Britain's third largest, should fight accusations it deceived and defrauded customers in the United States. If Jenkins accepts the allegations, made in a lawsuit> filed by New York's Attorney General, he will face a dilemma arising from his pledge to jettison any business that does not fit into the bank's new, squeaky-clean image.
Rallies in energy, metals boost commodity funds in Q2: Lipper
By Reuters
07/10/2014 11:27:59 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Commodity funds delivered robust returns in the second quarter, consolidating their recovery since the start of the year, with rallies in energy and metals boosting the top performers in the Lipper Global Commodity group. Leading commodity fund managers say base metals should continue to perform well in the second half of 2014, with investor sentiment towards China improving, but the upside for oil is seen as more limited.
Some prominent hedge funds hurt by tech are back with gains
By Reuters
07/07/2014 1:02:58 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—For some hedge funds hurt by tumbling technology stocks earlier this year, tenacity has been a virtue. Andor Capital and Tiger Global Management, two of the industry's most closely watched investment firms, delivered good news to clients as they finalized first-half returns.
Who's hunting yield in bond market's risky regions?
By Reuters
07/03/2014 4:50:30 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The hunt for yield in an era of diminishing interest rates has lured investors into ever riskier regions of the bond market, prompting some to ask: who is buying this stuff and are they suffering short-term memory loss? In June, euro zone member Cyprus returned to the market just a year after international lenders bailed it out and the government forced bank depositors to forfeit uninsured savings. Ecuador, which defaulted in 2008 and in 2000, raised $2 billion with a bond, and Kenya, troubled by attacks by Somalia-linked Islamist militants, had investors offer it more than four times the $2 billion it borrowed via a debut Eurobond.
Blackstone's new hedge fund involves independent companies: report
By Reuters
06/30/2014 12:37:38 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—A direct investing initiative that Blackstone Group LP is working on in its hedge funds group involves independent management companies, The Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Sunday [June 29], citing people familiar with the plans. Blackstone, best known for its private equity and real estate deals, already manages $58.
Commodity hedge funds out of favor, launches head for 8-year low
By Reuters
06/24/2014 1:54:34 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Commodity fund launches have slowed dramatically, heading for an eight-year low, data from industry tracker Preqin showed, after years of weak returns and some high-profile fund failures in the commodities sector. In the year through May, some 34 commodity funds were launched, the fewest since the first half of 2006.
Stock investors seek new hedges in unnatural market calm
By Reuters
06/20/2014 12:46:35 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Investors are seeking new defenses against possible falls in European stocks as indexes plateau near multi-year highs and traditional hedges prove ineffective in a market anaesthetized by near-zero interest rates. These alternative tools range from option strategies aimed at minimizing the cost of holding a hedge to investing in funds which aim to generate some returns irrespective of the stock market's direction, such as arbitrage hedge funds.
With markets at crossroads, investors eye 'special situation' funds
By Reuters
06/20/2014 12:35:52 PM ET

MONACO (Reuters)—Hedge fund managers who seek out quick returns from company turnarounds and short-term bets on specific assets are in fashion as investors ponder their next move after long rallies in stocks and bonds. Diverging central bank monetary policy, a rise in corporate deal-making and the potential for more market volatility have increased the appeal of nimble funds that can still make money in choppier, falling markets, said delegates at a hedge fund industry gathering this week.
Tokyo-based activist fund Strategic Capital seeks to aggressively expand investor base
By Reuters
06/20/2014 12:29:05 PM ET

TOKYO (Reuters)—Tokyo-based activist fund Strategic Capital plans to boost its assets by expanding its investor base to professional investors in Japan and abroad by taking a more hands-on approach to generate higher investment returns, the head of the fund said. The fund's style contrasts with a recent trend in Japan where so-called "friendly" activist funds are gaining popularity with a series of new funds launched after tough tactics failed to produce results in the past.
Myriad's Huttenlocher bets on a weaker Chinese yuan
By Reuters
06/13/2014 11:42:45 AM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Betting on a weaker Chinese currency is the best way for investors to protect an equity portfolio as China enters a protracted period of slowing growth, said Carl Huttenlocher, chief investment officer of Myriad Asset Management. A weaker yuan would spark export competitiveness, which has suffered in recent years due to sluggish global demand and a stronger exchange rate, Huttenlocher, the former Asia head of hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management, told the Sohn/Karen Leung Foundation Conference Hong Kong on Thursday [June 12].
Azentus Capital bets automaker Maruti to ride growth in India's economy
By Reuters
06/12/2014 2:41:46 PM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. is best placed to benefit from an improvement in India's economy as it attracts first-time car buyers, Morgan Sze, founder and chief investment officer of hedge fund Azentus Capital Management, said on Thursday [June 12].
Stock trading's race for speed has run its course
By Reuters
06/12/2014 2:31:05 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The financial industry's multi-billion-dollar technological race for stock-market supremacy is petering out. After years of boosting profits with super-fast and super-efficient trading algorithms, deemed better and cheaper than human alternatives, banks and brokers are now facing persistent cost pressures, skeptical clients and more regulation that have effectively put a cap on the rewards from more spending on technology.






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