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G20 watchdog orders LIBOR alternatives by 2016 in benchmark reform
By Reuters
07/22/2014 2:37:18 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Global regulators will implement a twin-track approach to ensuring interest rate benchmarks are less prone to manipulation, recommending safeguards to the current system as well as developing alternatives. Ten banks and brokerages including Barclays and UBS have paid a total of around $6 billion to date to settle U.
Hedge fund exit requests drop to six-month low in July
By Reuters
07/21/2014 5:47:05 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Investor demand to pull money out from hedge funds dropped to a six-month low in July, following portfolio adjustments during the previous month, data released on Monday [July 21] showed. The SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator, a monthly snapshot of hedge fund clients giving notice to withdraw their cash expressed as a percentage of assets under administration, fell to 3.
OCBC stands firm on Wing Hang offer despite hedge fund buying
By Reuters
07/15/2014 4:57:32 PM ET

SINGAPORE (Reuters)—OCBC, Singapore's second-biggest bank, said on Tuesday [July 15] it would not increase its offer for Wing Hang Ltd., even as U.S. hedge fund manager Elliott Management Corp.
People

ISDA names O'Malia as CEO
By Reuters
07/23/2014 3:34:58 PM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA, a global derivatives trade group, said on Wednesday [July 23] it had appointed leading U.S.
Soros Asia hedge fund spin-out hires ex-Goldman exec as CFO
By Reuters
04/25/2014 12:21:44 PM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Pleiad Investment Advisors, a hedge fund spin-out from Soros Fund Management, has hired former Goldman Sachs prime brokerage executive Vien Chiu as its chief financial officer, as it prepares to launch in the third quarter of 2014. Johannes Kaps, chief executive officer of HS Group, which is providing seed capital to the hedge fund launch in Hong Kong this year, confirmed the appointment.
Technology

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.
Technology Briefs
By HedgeWorld Staff
08/20/2008 3:59:29 PM ET

Penserra, BIDS Trading in Agreement NEW YORK (HedgeWorld.com)—Agency broker Penserra Securities and BIDS Trading on Wednesday [Aug. 20] announced an agreement whereby Penserra's institutional investor client base will get direct access to the BIDS Trading crossing system.
Strategy/Analysis

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.
Regulatory/Legal

Global financial watchdog calls for FX fix reforms, urges banks to clean up
By Reuters
07/15/2014 12:44:18 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The world's top financial regulator on Tuesday [July 15] urged deep-rooted change to how currency benchmarks are set, encouraging market players to tighten up their governance, practices and controls rather than imposing stringent new regulation. The proposals come in response to allegations being investigated by regulators that dealers at major banks colluded and manipulated key reference rates in the $5.
Regulators lack data to probe shadow banking sector
By Reuters
05/02/2014 12:51:58 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Shining a light on the murky $70 trillion world of "shadow banking" is proving tricky for regulators handicapped by too little data and under pressure to boost economic growth, and this means risks may be escaping proper scrutiny. Shadow banking, a term which annoys the sector because of its pejorative connotation, ranges from money market funds and repurchase agreements to special investment vehicles, hedge funds and securities lending.
Indexes

Lipper hedge fund performance - June 2014 - Event-Driven (U.S. funds)
By HedgeWorld
07/22/2014 5:07:45 PM ET

CHICAGO (HedgeWorld.com)—The chart below contains hedge fund performance data from the Lipper Hedge Fund Database for all U.S. funds open to investment.
Lipper hedge fund performance - June 2014 - Event-Driven (all funds)
By HedgeWorld
07/22/2014 5:06:20 PM ET

CHICAGO (HedgeWorld.com)—The chart below contains hedge fund performance data from the Lipper Hedge Fund Database for all funds open to investment. Performance listed is absolute performance.
Opinion

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.
Opinion: Managers improve, but scale kills
By James Saft, Reuters
02/26/2014 5:39:21 PM ET

Fund managers are getting better, but active fund management is getting worse. Yes, I realize that is a bit like saying improved medical care is causing us to lose more patients, but this is indeed the upshot of new research and it should put investors in a quandary.
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