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US options volume falls below 2015 as August languishes

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 13:44

Options volume in August totalled 322.7 million contracts, 4.5 per cent higher than July’s volume but 24 per cent lower than August 2015, according to TABB Options LiquidityMatrix (OLM). »

Investor confidence drops from 98.0 to 89.7 in August

Wed, 31/08/2016 - 07:51

State Street’s Global Investor Confidence Index (ICI) decreased to 89.7 in August, down 8.3 points from July’s revised reading of 98.0. »

US listed options volume fell to a 14-month low in July

Wed, 24/08/2016 - 08:55

US listed options volume fell to a 14-month low in July as domestic stocks’ post-Brexit recovery reduced investors’ appetite for hedges, according to the July 2016 TABB Options LiquidityMatrix (OLM). »

Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index up 1.17 per cent in July

Thu, 11/08/2016 - 07:20

The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 1.17 per cent in July, underperforming the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index’s 1.45 per cent return by 28 basis points. »

Volatility at lowest level for over a year, says S&P Dow Jones

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 12:10

Data from S&P Dow Jones Indices shows that calm has returned to the markets following Brexit, as VIX closed at 11.77 – its lowest level for over a year. »

Active US equity funds see USD21.7 billion outflows in June

Fri, 22/07/2016 - 08:14

Active US equity funds posted an estimated USD21.7 billion in outflows during June as all active category groups – except municipal bonds – saw negative flows, according to Morningstar. »

Aggregate funded ration for US corporate pension plans down two points in June

Wed, 06/07/2016 - 08:56

The aggregate funded ratio for US corporate pension plans decreased by 1.8 percentage points to end the month of June at 76.1 per cent, the lowest point over the past 12 months and bringing its year-to-date decline to 5.3 percentage points, according to Wilshire Consulting. »

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One out of seven IndexIQ investible benchmark hedge fund replication indexes positive in March

Wed, 08/04/2015 - 21:00

Just one of IndexIQ’s family of seven proprietary hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes finished March in positive territory. The IQ Hedge Fixed Income Arbitrage Beta Index (IQHGFIB) was the sole positive performance, but only just, with a return of 0.02 per cent. »


BVI is top-ranked offshore jurisdiction in latest GFCI

Wed, 08/04/2015 - 09:00

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has moved up 13 positions to 34th in the most recent Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The Index also revealed that the BVI is the most highly ranked offshore jurisdiction, ahead of competing jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Bermuda and the Bahamas. »


Risk appetite on the rise despite uncertain economic outlook

Tue, 24/03/2015 - 20:30

Investor appetite for risk increased in Q4 2014, according to the findings of the latest Risk Rotation Index by ING Investment Management (ING IM). Overall, 36.2% of the panel of institutional international fund managers surveyed stated that their risk appetite had increased over the previous six months, compared to just 27.6% who stated that it had decreased, giving an overall net risk appetite increase of 8.6%. »


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