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U.S. SEC official defends Royal Bank of Scotland waiver to Congress
By Reuters
07/25/2014 11:27:06 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—A top U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission official on Thursday [July 24] defended his agency's decision to grant the Royal Bank of Scotland a regulatory waiver, saying the bank had already been punished in connection with LIBOR manipulation.
Renaissance funds perform well, firm closes London office
By Reuters
07/24/2014 12:32:53 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—Two funds at Renaissance Technologies, one of the world's biggest hedge funds, are performing better than the average hedge fund, but the company has stopped selling them in Europe because local marketing rules have been tightened. The Renaissance Institutional Equities and Institutional Futures funds, known as RIEF and RIFF, returned 2.
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.
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.
Perella Weinberg CEO joins Funding Circle board
By Reuters
07/17/2014 4:40:52 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The chief executive of corporate finance firm Perella Weinberg is to join the board of peer-to-peer loan company Funding Circle, in a major coup for the small business lender as it builds up its U.S.
Technology

New Computer Programs Help Hedge Fund AHL's Revival
By Reuters
11/11/2010 11:08:42 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—New computer programs designed to cope with choppy markets have helped Man Group's flagship hedge fund AHL produce stronger returns after last year's damaging losses, its manager told Reuters. Tim Wong, chief executive of AHL, a $22.
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

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.
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.
UK watchdog sees rising requests for help on currency probe
By Reuters
07/10/2014 11:43:59 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Britain's financial regulator said on Thursday [July 10] it expected to receive a rising tide of requests for help from its overseas peers as part of "unprecedented" global cooperation in an investigation into the vast foreign exchange market. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which publicly announced an investigation into allegations of misconduct in the $5.
Indexes

Lipper hedge fund performance - June 2014 - Fixed Income Arbitrage (U.S. funds)
By HedgeWorld
07/24/2014 5:49:43 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 - Fixed Income Arbitrage (all funds)
By HedgeWorld
07/24/2014 5:48:22 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: UK commodity regulator embraces more openness
By John Kemp, Reuters
02/27/2014 3:50:19 PM ET

By publishing a new primer on the changing landscape for commodity markets and emerging issues for regulators, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has taken a welcome first step towards greater transparency. Despite its rather dull title, the FCA's "Commodity Markets Update", released on Thursday [Feb.
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