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Trafigura steps out of the shadows in academic case study
By Reuters
04/17/2014 4:05:54 PM ET

Editor's note: This version of the story corrects the spelling of Andrew Gowers' first name in the 4th paragraph. NEW YORK (Reuters)—A detailed new case study scrutinizing the risk-management Swiss-based Trafigura is the latest effort to "demystify" the once-secretive commodity trading industry, just big merchants seek to fill a void being left by Wall Street banks.
Hedge funds' March performance worst in nine months: data
By Reuters
04/10/2014 5:13:56 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Hedge funds had their weakest month since mid-2013 in March, data showed on Thursday [April 10], as investments took a hit from tensions in Ukraine and fears of a slowdown in China. The asset-weighted SS&C GlobeOp Capital Performance Index showed the gross return of the average fund was minus 1.
Institutions now largest hedge fund investors: study
By Reuters
04/09/2014 4:32:10 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Pension funds and other institutions have become the largest investors in hedge funds over the past decade as they seek protection from any re-run of the financial crisis. They have replaced funds of funds and high-net-worth individuals as the largest allocators to hedge funds, according to an 11-year industry review by data firm eVestment released Wednesday [April 9].
People

Newedge's commodities, currencies chief leaves
By Reuters
12/12/2013 4:09:23 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Newedge Group's global commodities and currencies chief, John Fay, has left the U.S.-based futures brokerage ahead of a major ownership change.
Citigroup adds director with hedge fund, banking experience
By Reuters
12/11/2013 11:34:48 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Citigroup Inc. named Duncan Hennes, a co-founder of bank advisory firm Promontory Financial Group and a former CEO of Soros Fund Management, to its board of directors on Wednesday [Dec.
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

Commodity investor inflows rebound as sector outperforms shares
By Reuters
04/17/2014 1:05:16 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Money is flowing back into commodity investments this year as the sector has broken out of lock-step with other asset classes and outperformed them, attracting investors who aim to diversify portfolios. After $50 billion of net redemptions in 2013, total inflows so far this year into passive commodity index products and commodity-linked exchange traded funds (ETFs) have amounted to about $5.
Armajaro Commodities Fund assets fall almost 25 percent in first quarter
By Reuters
04/16/2014 5:02:27 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—London-based Armajaro Asset Management lost nearly a quarter of assets at its largest commodities fund in the first quarter, the latest sign that edgy investors have continued to withdraw cash from the sector after weak returns, documents show. Assets under management at Armajaro Commodities Fund (ACF), the biggest of the group's six hedge funds and one of three dedicated to commodities, fell to $686 million by end-March from $904 million at end-December, documents obtained by Reuters on the fund showed on Wednesday [April 16].
Regulatory/Legal

DOJ probes finance firms' dealings with Libya
By Reuters
02/03/2014 12:21:20 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating banks, private equity firms and hedge funds that may have violated anti-bribery laws in their dealings with Libya's government-run investment fund, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
EU bank trading plan stops short of U.S. Volcker rule
By Reuters
01/06/2014 1:16:20 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Banks in the European Union face limits on taking market bets with their own money under a draft EU proposal that represents a central plank of attempts to prevent a repeat of the financial crisis of 2007 to 2009. Policymakers want to rein in excessive trading risks in the EU banking sector, whose assets total some €43 trillion ($59 trillion), that could threaten depositors if trades go wrong and potentially put taxpayers on the hook in a rescue.
Indexes

Lipper hedge fund performance - February 2014 - Multi-Strategy (U.S. funds)
By HedgeWorld
04/04/2014 5:20:45 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 - February 2014 - Multi-Strategy (all funds)
By HedgeWorld
04/04/2014 5:19:32 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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