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World investors diverge on the outlook for stocks
By Reuters
09/30/2014 6:09:03 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)--Global investor sentiment is diverging, with Europeans, including the UK, remaining bullish on stocks and keeping allocations in place while the United States and Japan fret over rising risks, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday [Sept. 30].
Hedge funds hold fire on Tesco, eye rebound potential
By Reuters
09/30/2014 5:58:56 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)--Some hedge funds are holding fire on Tesco in the wake of its accounting scandal and share price slide, with at least one fund cutting its short position as investors assess the potential for a rebound. Although bearish bets on the world's third-biggest retailer have ticked up over the past week, short interest is down from its March highs.
Event-driven hedge funds' skills stand out in H1: BlackRock
By Reuters
09/25/2014 1:30:46 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Hedge fund managers looking to profit from corporate events such as mergers and acquisitions proved to be the most skilful in the first half of the year, a study on Thursday [Sept. 25] by top global money manager BlackRock showed.
Not waiting for JPMorgan, Mercuria plots global metals push
By Reuters
09/25/2014 10:35:33 AM ET

NEW YORK/SYDNEY (Reuters)—Swiss commodity trader Mercuria, known best for its energy prowess, is mounting an audacious challenge to metal trading titans like Glencore Plc and Trafigura AG, but not in the way that industry sources had expected. Rather than relying on its pending $3.
Stirring market seismograph relief for ailing trading industry
By Reuters
09/23/2014 3:52:52 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Recent stirrings of long-dormant financial market volatility have come in the nick of time for an industry that has been bleeding revenue and jobs for years, even though bankers doubt the secular downsizing of the trading world can be reversed. Trading in fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) has been steadily falling since the 2008 crisis, in large part thanks to a collapse and convergence of interest rates across the developed world that has crushed volatility.
Omni backs ex-Barclays top trader to launch European hedge fund
By Reuters
09/19/2014 11:20:52 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)--Omni Partners is preparing to launch a hedge fund to be managed by former head of European equity trading at Barclays Howard Spooner in December, as the London-based firm looks to diversify its product offerings to investors. The equities hedge fund will bet on rising and falling share prices of large-cap stocks in developed Europe, the firm said in a statement on Friday [Sept.
C-View taps ex-Standard Chartered exec to manage new currency fund
By Reuters
09/18/2014 6:20:33 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Money manager C-View said it would launch a currency trading strategy later this month to be managed by former Standard Chartered Bank's managing director Buford Scott. The C-View Stelrox Systematic Currency Strategy will invest in G10, emerging market, and trend-following strategies, C-View's founder, Paul Chappell, said in a statement on Thursday [Sept.
Ex-Marble Bar manager readies Mako backed European hedge fund
By Reuters
09/18/2014 1:35:25 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—London-based Mako Global Investors is backing former Marble Bar Asset Management portfolio manager Christian Thum to launch a European equities-focused hedge fund in the fourth quarter, sources familiar with the matter said. The hedge fund, CT Invest, will bet on rising and falling share prices of pan-European cyclical and industrial companies and those in German-speaking countries, according to the sources and a marketing material of the fund obtained by Reuters.
Britain's City Financial to double HK staff with new fund: CEO
By Reuters
09/18/2014 12:10:51 PM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—British asset manager City Financial Investment Co. Ltd. aims to double its Hong Kong staff and launch a second hedge fund to take advantage of increased investment in the region, Chief Executive Andrew Williams said in an interview.
UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish vote result
By Reuters
09/17/2014 4:52:58 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday [Sept. 19].
Calm before the storm? Commodity volatility mired at low levels
By Reuters
09/17/2014 3:47:13 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Commodity traders curse it while industrial users of oil, metals and grains applaud it. Several years of low volatility on commodity markets have hammered profits for speculators and constricted trading opportunities, while providing stability for firms that buy such goods.
Hedging costs against sterling's swings soar on Scottish vote worries
By Reuters
09/12/2014 1:28:54 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The cost of hedging against near-term swings in the British pound jumped to four-year highs on Friday [Sept. 12] and investors added to unfavorable bets in the derivatives market, reflecting jitters about the result of the Scottish referendum.
Emerging-market currency turbulence picks up, options markets flash red
By Reuters
09/10/2014 4:29:54 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The cost of hedging against sharp fluctuations in many emerging-market currencies jumped to multi-month highs on Wednesday [Sept. 10], and derivatives markets indicate that bets against them are on the rise as the dollar strengthens.
Andy Hall cuts risk, takes profits, but still bullish long-term oil
By Reuters
09/10/2014 11:14:59 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Prominent oil bull Andy Hall has cut risk in his $3.3 billion hedge fund by more than half since June and taken profits in some markets after "various cross-currents" this summer, he told investors.
Hedge funds perform positively in August but lag broader market
By Reuters
09/09/2014 11:51:55 AM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—Hedge funds had their best month since February when they reported a 1.56 percent rise in August, according to data released on Monday [Sept.
Western lobbyists bring a gentler touch to shape Asia financial reforms
By Reuters
09/09/2014 11:26:37 AM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Asia is proving new and fertile ground for Western lobbyists and public affairs consultancies who are helping shape post-crisis financial reforms in a region where regulators traditionally operate behind closed doors. As the reform agenda has become increasingly global, regulators in Asia are having to juggle local issues such as poor corporate governance and rampant insider trading, while implementing extensive G20 reforms – from overhauling the derivatives markets to clamping down on shadow banking.
Cost to hedge sterling swings rises as Scottish vote looms
By Reuters
09/08/2014 12:04:54 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The cost of hedging against near-term currency swings from a possible "Yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum jumped to a 13-month high on Monday [Sept. 8], as more hedge funds sought protection from wild fluctuations in the pound.
Stock market hopefuls face harder sell as investors weary of IPO flood
By Reuters
09/08/2014 10:52:07 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—European stock market listings are kicking off again after a summer break, but many companies hoping to copy successful flotations earlier in the year now have to convince investors weary from a flood of new names and burned by high prices. Enthusiasm for initial public offerings (IPOs) has quadrupled the amount raised in Europe in the first nine months of this year compared to a year earlier to a total of $55.
Return of bipolar market frustrates European stock pickers
By Reuters
09/04/2014 1:41:36 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The dreaded return of "risk on, risk off" – investor shorthand for hard-to-analyze markets that swing in tandem with big headlines – is frustrating European stock pickers, who had hoping for a comeback after struggling for years. Frantic speculation about monetary policy in Europe and geopolitical tensions from neighboring Ukraine to the Middle East have been dominating investor attention.
Passive funds an active threat for Europe's fund managers
By Reuters
09/02/2014 12:20:11 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Warren Buffett built a fortune of nearly $60 billion from astute stock picking, but when the 83-year-old dies, the vast majority of the money he leaves his wife will be parked in a fund that simply moves in step with an index. The afterlife plans of the man nicknamed the Sage of Omaha, revealed in a letter to his investors earlier this year, underline a sea change afoot in the investment industry.






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