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Argentina aims to skirt U.S. court, bring debt under national law
By Reuters
08/20/2014 11:59:41 AM ET

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters)—President Cristina Fernandez on Tuesday [Aug. 19] unveiled legislation that seeks to push bondholders to swap defaulted debt for new notes governed by Argentine law, a move aimed at skirting a U.
Wedbush says risk controls compliant with FINRA guidelines
By Reuters
08/20/2014 11:47:52 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)—Brokerage firm Wedbush Securities rejected Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (FINRA) charges, saying its risk management controls were consistent with the regulator's guidance. Wall Street's self-funded regulator on Monday [Aug.
Allergan seeks deal with Salix to fend off Valeant: report
By Reuters
08/19/2014 5:09:16 PM ET

IRVINE, Calif. (Reuters)—Botox maker Allergan Inc. has approached Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and at least one other company about a potential takeover in a bid to avert the $53 billion hostile takeover from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.
People

Former SAC Capital Advisors President Conheeney leaves firm
By Reuters
08/18/2014 1:56:44 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—Thomas Conheeney, who was president of Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors during the years the hedge fund was being investigated for insider trading, has stepped down from the position at successor organization Point72 Asset Management, Point72 said on Monday [Aug.
Ex-U.S. SEC chair Walter named to serve on FINRA board
By Reuters
08/15/2014 2:43:57 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Elisse Walter, a former regulator who twice served as head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, was appointed on Thursday [Aug.
Technology

Nasdaq, Tradeworx to launch test facility for algorithms
By Reuters
10/09/2013 2:02:53 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) Exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said on Wednesday [Oct. 9] it is partnering with a unit of high-frequency trading firm Tradeworx on an algorithm testing site for firms to examine automated trading strategies and reduce operational risk.
Buy Side Steps Up, and Streamlines: TABB Group Study
By Rich Blake, HedgeWorld
05/04/2010 10:02:17 AM ET

NEW YORK (HedgeWorld.com)—As money managers engage in increasingly sophisticated trading methods while encountering more compliance pressures, the push to invest in technologically advanced Order Management Systems (OMS), and separate Execution Management Systems (EMS), has never been greater, according to a soon to be released TABB Group study which surveyed 118 buy-side trading desks.
Strategy/Analysis

Krom River keeps faith with commodities, bets on luring equity investors
By Reuters
08/20/2014 4:05:10 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Commodity hedge fund Krom River is determined to stay the course in uncertain conditions despite a hefty sectoral slide, hoping for fresh inflows from investors fearing a retreat in equities. Commodity funds have been pummeled in recent years as pursuit of the asset class as an alternative investment lost its allure, a sharp contrast to its boom when investors were keen to ride a wave of infrastructure investment in China.
Stock traders seek edge in pre-market twilight zone
By Reuters
08/20/2014 3:50:09 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—On most weekday mornings over the past year, Paris-based financial trader David Sibi has turned on a computer program designed to try and beat the U.S.
Regulatory/Legal

FINRA charges Wedbush with market access violations
By Reuters
08/18/2014 1:41:22 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Wall Street's self-funded regulator on Monday [Aug. 18] charged brokerage firm Wedbush Securities with having shoddy risk controls, a flaw that in turn allowed thousands of traders to flood U.
SEC reviewing Valeant, Ackman's hostile Allergan bid
By Reuters
08/14/2014 5:08:56 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—U.S. securities regulators are looking at the hostile takeover bid made by billionaire investor William Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals for Botox maker Allergan Inc.
Indexes

Lipper hedge fund performance - July 2014 - Dedicated Short Bias (all funds)
By HedgeWorld
08/19/2014 2:22:36 PM ET

Editor's note: As of Aug. 19, three dedicated short bias funds in the Lipper Hedge Fund Database that are open to investment had provided return information for July 2014.
Lipper hedge fund performance - July 2014 - Convertible Arbitrage (U.S. funds)
By HedgeWorld
08/18/2014 4:07:52 PM ET

Editor's note: As of Aug. 18, 2014, six U.S.-only convertible arbitrage funds in the Lipper Hedge Fund Database that are open to investment provided return information for July 2014.
Opinion

What's in Your Trading Documents? End-users beware
By Thomas D'Ambrosio, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
05/01/2014 11:25:16 AM ET

When parties effect financial transactions, be it a swap, option, forward, future, repo, reverse repo, securities loan, or other derivative transaction, they expect to receive the intended economics of the transaction within the approved risk parameters of the trade. In order to satisfy that expectation, parties generally seek to document their trading relationships in a usual and customary manner, relying often on widely accepted industry documentation.
Opinion: Past, Present and Future of Alternative Funds Market
By Brian Macallister, Ledgex Systems
02/28/2014 6:04:50 PM ET

It's been less than 50 years since the fund of funds model came on the investment scene, and that short history has been anything but dull. Born in the 1970s, American fund of funds took off in the '80s and '90s, and then hit a major stumbling block in 2008, when the widespread financial crisis unearthed deep challenges around liquidity.
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