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Trade Informatics launches TI Fact

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 10:00

Quantitative analytics firm Trade Informatics has launched TI Fact, a routing analysis technology that eliminates the agency information advantage, thereby levelling the field for buy-side institutions and asset managers.  »

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National Stock Exchange Holdings completes acquisition of National Stock Exchange

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 09:00

National Stock Exchange Holdings has completed its acquisition of National Stock Exchange (NSX), a national securities exchange. »

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Aviva Investors reaches early settlement with FCA

Wed, 25/02/2015 - 06:00

Aviva’s asset management business, Aviva Investors, has reached an early agreement with the Financial Conduct Authority regarding historic breaches of FCA regulatory requirements concerning Aviva Investors’ dealing controls prior to 2013.  »

Michael Appenzeller, Fundbase Fund Services

First regulated alternative and HF platform

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 21:14

An innovative new platform has emerged in Pfaffikon, Switzerland that could potentially revolutionise the way investors gain access to global hedge fund managers. The platform is called Fundbase and is the brainchild of Michael Appenzeller (pictured), its co-founder and president. »

Roman Pelka, Montfort Funds

The six steps to funds distribution in Switzerland

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 21:09

“This is not another AIFMD regulation. It is much simpler, much cheaper and fairly easy to implement,” states Roman Pelka (pictured), founder of Montfort Funds, a specialist provider of Swiss fund representation services, when discussing the need to appoint a legal representative.  »

Michael Malquarti, SYZ Asset Management

Hedge funds as zero duration investments

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 21:05

Investors are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that global markets will, at some point, move towards a higher interest rate environment. This will happen at varying speeds depending on the region, with the US and the UK most likely to raise rates before continental Europe for example.  »

Jan Viebig, Harcourt Investment Consulting

Shift towards investing in liquid alternatives

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 21:00

Liquid alternatives are one of the fastest growing areas of the asset management industry. In Europe, assets grew from EUR36bn to EUR236bn between 2008 and 2014, according to a Deutsche Bank report released last September (entitled From Alternatives to Mainstream Part Two).  »

ius Fritschi, Managing Partner at LGT Capital Partners

Swiss managers’ 2015 outlook for hedge fund investments

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 20:56

Overall, last year was a positive year for hedge funds in the sense that assets continued to grow, to the point where the industry reached USD2.8trn in total AuM. However, from a performance perspective it certainly wasn’t an easy one.  »

Steven Bulko, Lombard Odier Investment Managers

Focus heavily weighted to US equities markets

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 20:51

Interview with Steven Bulko, CIO, 1798 Fundamental Strategies, Lombard Odier Investment Managers… »

Nicolas Rousselet, Unigestion

Alternative beta strategies can enhance HF allocations

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 20:40

Over the last few years the S&P 500 Index has gained approximately 65 per cent, while the Nikkei 225 has gained 113 per cent. The impact of quantitative easing has led to unparalleled growth in equity markets, to such an extent that hedge funds have largely lagged behind.  »

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Special report
State Street Global Markets – Fund Connect

This Special Report unveils the ways in which State Street Global Markets' Fund Connect ETF platform is bringing new levels of efficiency to the the ETF marketplace, and includes expert comment from the perspective of an AP... »

Article

Fund managers and investors are in a tug-of-war over the issue of transparency. Once content with a performance update, basic valuation and general market commentary, Limited Partners (LPs) are now digging deeper, asking more questions and requiring more information from General Partners (GPs) than ever before. ... »

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Switzerland Hedge Fund Services 2015

Switzerland Hedge Fund Services 2015

Tue, 24/02/2015 - 19:14

New regulations are allowing hedge fund managers and institutional investors to take advantage of fresh opportunities in the Swiss market, from innovative new fund platforms to new fund strategies and structures that provide significant portfolio diversification opportunities... »

Comment
Richard Hoey, BNY Mellon

Global gross domestic product (GDP) growth should accelerate somewhat in 2015 and 2016 from the pace of the last three years because of much lower oil prices, the avoidance of special drags on the world economy, and continuing easy monetary policies from global central banks, according to  BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard Hoey. Hoey (pictured) made the comments in his February outlook.  ... »

Article
Christiopher Elvin, Preqin

55% of private equity firms surveyed by Preqin at the end of 2014 stated they would deploy greater levels of capital in 2015, although 39% suggested it is more difficult to find attractive investments. Preqin’s Christopher Elvin comments: ... »

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