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OPINION

What's in Your Trading Documents? End-users beware
By Thomas D'Ambrosio, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
05/01/2014 11:25:16 AM ET

When parties effect financial transactions, be it a swap, option, forward, future, repo, reverse repo, securities loan, or other derivative transaction, they expect to receive the intended economics of the transaction within the approved risk parameters of the trade. In order to satisfy that expectation, parties generally seek to document their trading relationships in a usual and customary manner, relying often on widely accepted industry documentation.
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.
Opinion: Buffett's folksy ways evoke quainter trading days
By Reuters Breakingviews
02/21/2014 5:35:42 PM ET

Warren Buffett's folksy ways have briefly slowed the path of high-speed trading. The Omaha billionaire pulled the plug on hedge funds buying a feed of corporate news releases from his Business Wire.
Opinion: Dan Loeb finds Dow looking more Sony than Yahoo
By Reuters Breakingviews
02/13/2014 12:49:54 PM ET

Dan Loeb is discovering that his Dow Chemical investment is looking more like Sony than Yahoo. On Tuesday [Feb. 11] the $56 billion U.S. chemicals giant brushed off the activist shareholder's suggestion to split in two, arguing it already considered and rejected the idea.
Opinion: SAC case stars on Broadway but Chicago steals show
By Reuters Breakingviews
02/06/2014 5:41:05 PM ET

An SAC Capital case is starring on Broadway, but a Chicago verdict should steal the show. New York prosecutors added a notch to their belts with a conviction on Thursday [Feb.
Opinion: Miners make a tempting but risky activist target
By Reuters Breakingviews
01/29/2014 1:44:41 PM ET

A hedge fund's call to break up struggling iron ore producer Cliffs suggests U.S. mining may be a fertile sector for activist investors. After all, shareholder pushiness in oil exploration and chemical production has shown the way.
Opinion: Demoralized U.S. CFTC waits for new leaders
By John Kemp, Reuters
12/20/2013 11:59:01 AM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. The incoming chairman and new members of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission will inherit an agency that has been severely demoralized by overwork, defeats in court, infighting among the commissioners and severe criticism from the futures industry.
Opinion: The 'smart beta' oxymoron
By James Saft, Reuters
12/20/2013 10:49:33 AM ET

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. As is so often true in investments, in the case of "smart beta" it turns out that if it sounds like an oxymoron, it probably is.
Opinion: How liquid should a corporate bond be?
By Christopher Whittall, IFR
12/13/2013 11:38:15 AM ET

Christopher Whittall is an assistant editor for Thomson Reuters IFR. The opinions expressed are his own. The buy-side is adapting to a less liquid bond market, undermining dealers' warnings.
Opinion: Position limits, redux
By John Kemp, Reuters
11/08/2013 11:07:12 AM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is making another attempt to impose position limits on 28 core futures contracts covering agricultural products, energy and metals, after a U.
Opinion: Objections to SAC Capital guilty plea
By Reuters
11/07/2013 6:14:47 PM ET

Alison Frankel is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. On Friday [Nov. 8], the notorious hedge fund SAC Capital will appear before U.
Opinion: New commissioners open U.S. CFTC to change
By John Kemp, Reuters
11/06/2013 12:20:45 PM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is in for its biggest shake up since the financial crisis as two of its most experienced members and strongest proponents of tougher regulation prepare to step down.
Opinion: Commodity markets will go dark if U.S. shutdown continues
By John Kemp, Reuters
10/02/2013 10:50:29 AM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. If the U.S. government shutdown continues for more than a few days, commodity markets will find themselves flying blind, as the public servants responsible for producing statistics on which traders and investors rely are sent home.
Opinion: Industry report on banks, commodities fails to convince
By John Kemp, Reuters
09/20/2013 12:35:59 PM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. If the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association hoped to convince U.
Opinion: Could Oil Prices Fall on Syria Strike?
By John Kemp, Reuters
08/29/2013 11:35:05 AM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. The rapid rise in oil prices since the beginning of June has all hallmarks of a mini bubble, drawing in a host of hedge funds and money managers, nearly all of whom are positioned the same way, expecting prices will rise further.
Opinion: Hedge Fund Marketing in Transition
By Mark Coriaty, Eze Castle Integration
08/16/2013 2:29:33 PM ET

The recent action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) effectively lifting the ban on hedge fund advertising has a lot of industry folks wondering how things are going to change. Will there be increased competition for investors? How far will funds be willing to go to solicit allocations? Will Facebook and Twitter become the newest avenues for hedge fund marketing? Let's just say this: don't expect many direct marketing efforts to appear in 140 characters or less.
Opinion: You Only Need $50K to be a Hedge Fund Player
By Tim McLaughlin, Reuters
08/16/2013 11:05:42 AM ET

Tim McLaughlin is a Retuers reporter. Any views expresses are his own. Investing in hedge funds or their strategies has never been easier. And the price of admission into what used to be an exclusive club has never been so low.
Opinion: In Praise of Activist Investment
By James Saft, Reuters
08/15/2013 11:18:42 AM ET

James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own. Here is a sentence I never thought I'd write: Hedge funds, activists to be specific, are a very good thing.
Opinion: U.S. Cracks Apart London's Commodity Market Omerta
By John Kemp, Reuters
08/08/2013 12:11:27 PM ET

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own. "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" might well have been the motto for Britain's commodity market regulators in recent years.






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