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TransCanada eyed by U.S. investor activists
By Reuters
09/18/2014 4:43:34 PM ET

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Reuters)—Canada, which has seen a fair share of U.S. activist investors cross the border in the last years, may soon have more of them knocking on its door.
UK traders gear up for long night before Scottish vote result
By Reuters
09/17/2014 4:52:58 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - London's trading rooms are gearing up for an extra long shift to cover Scotland's independence referendum and drafting in extra staff, anticipating a surge in activity when the result comes through early on Friday [Sept. 19].
Calm before the storm? Commodity volatility mired at low levels
By Reuters
09/17/2014 3:47:13 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Commodity traders curse it while industrial users of oil, metals and grains applaud it. Several years of low volatility on commodity markets have hammered profits for speculators and constricted trading opportunities, while providing stability for firms that buy such goods.
CalPERS' exit could heap pressure on hedge fund fees
By Reuters
09/16/2014 5:31:19 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—The California Public Employees' Retirement System handed fellow U.S. pension funds a hefty club to beat down hedge fund fees and demand better returns this week when it voted to pull out of hedge funds entirely, investors said.
Former top BTG Pactual trader Hermann to open fund: report
By Reuters
09/10/2014 5:12:01 PM ET

SÃO PAULO (Reuters)—Emmanuel Hermann, the former head of Grupo BTG Pactual SA's proprietary equity desk in Brazil, is opening a new fund specialized in risk arbitrage, credit and distressed assets, the markets blog of Veja Magazine said on Wednesday [Sept. 10], without saying how it obtained the information.
Emerging-market currency turbulence picks up, options markets flash red
By Reuters
09/10/2014 4:29:54 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The cost of hedging against sharp fluctuations in many emerging-market currencies jumped to multi-month highs on Wednesday [Sept. 10], and derivatives markets indicate that bets against them are on the rise as the dollar strengthens.
Andy Hall cuts risk, takes profits, but still bullish long-term oil
By Reuters
09/10/2014 11:14:59 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Prominent oil bull Andy Hall has cut risk in his $3.3 billion hedge fund by more than half since June and taken profits in some markets after "various cross-currents" this summer, he told investors.
Hedge funds perform positively in August but lag broader market
By Reuters
09/09/2014 11:51:55 AM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—Hedge funds had their best month since February when they reported a 1.56 percent rise in August, according to data released on Monday [Sept.
Western lobbyists bring a gentler touch to shape Asia financial reforms
By Reuters
09/09/2014 11:26:37 AM ET

HONG KONG (Reuters)—Asia is proving new and fertile ground for Western lobbyists and public affairs consultancies who are helping shape post-crisis financial reforms in a region where regulators traditionally operate behind closed doors. As the reform agenda has become increasingly global, regulators in Asia are having to juggle local issues such as poor corporate governance and rampant insider trading, while implementing extensive G20 reforms – from overhauling the derivatives markets to clamping down on shadow banking.
Cost to hedge sterling swings rises as Scottish vote looms
By Reuters
09/08/2014 12:04:54 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—The cost of hedging against near-term currency swings from a possible "Yes" vote in Scotland's independence referendum jumped to a 13-month high on Monday [Sept. 8], as more hedge funds sought protection from wild fluctuations in the pound.
Doubts return at SandRidge a year after CEO ousted by investors
By Reuters
09/08/2014 11:35:13 AM ET

HOUSTON (Reuters)—In June 2013, activist investors got the board of SandRidge Energy Inc. to fire its CEO Tom Ward, arguing that he had mismanaged the Oklahoma City company and destroyed billions in shareholder value.
Stock market hopefuls face harder sell as investors weary of IPO flood
By Reuters
09/08/2014 10:52:07 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—European stock market listings are kicking off again after a summer break, but many companies hoping to copy successful flotations earlier in the year now have to convince investors weary from a flood of new names and burned by high prices. Enthusiasm for initial public offerings (IPOs) has quadrupled the amount raised in Europe in the first nine months of this year compared to a year earlier to a total of $55.
In Herbalife's nutrition clubs, Ackman's attacks fail to resonate
By Reuters
09/05/2014 5:58:33 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—New York hedge fund manager William Ackman says Herbalife is a pyramid scheme that exploits the poor. He has taken a $1 billion bet against the company's stock and spent millions on research to attack the nutritional supplements seller, including making a video showing former distributors who claim they were deceived and lost money trying to sell its products.
Insider traders in U.S. face longer prison terms, Reuters analysis shows
By Reuters
09/02/2014 2:43:03 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—U.S. judges are imposing increasingly long prison terms for insider trading, a Reuters analysis shows. The rise is at least partly driven by the bigger profits being earned through the illegal schemes, defense lawyers said.
Passive funds an active threat for Europe's fund managers
By Reuters
09/02/2014 12:20:11 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Warren Buffett built a fortune of nearly $60 billion from astute stock picking, but when the 83-year-old dies, the vast majority of the money he leaves his wife will be parked in a fund that simply moves in step with an index. The afterlife plans of the man nicknamed the Sage of Omaha, revealed in a letter to his investors earlier this year, underline a sea change afoot in the investment industry.
Some hedge funds dumped U.S. natgas before big rally: data
By Reuters
09/02/2014 12:03:30 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Some hedge funds seem to have missed out on last week's big rally in U.S. natural gas, cutting bullish bets on the fuel before prices hit six-week highs, government data suggested on Friday [Aug.
3G Capital the big tax winner in Burger King-Tim Hortons deal
By Reuters
09/02/2014 11:51:41 AM ET

TORONTO (Reuters)—Burger King's proposed $11.5 billion acquisition of Canada's Tim Hortons may offer big tax benefits to the U.S. fast food chain but the real tax winner is likely to be its controlling shareholder, 3G Capital.
Elliott unit extends legal fight on Argentina debt to China
By Reuters
08/28/2014 8:30:12 PM ET

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (IFR) - A unit of billionaire Paul Singer's Elliott Management, which is Argentina's main holdout creditor, is extending its legal fight with the South American nation to China. NML Capital served subpoenas this week to Bank of China (BOC) and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in an effort to obtain information on $6.
Banks' pressure stalls opening of U.S. derivatives trading platform
By Reuters
08/27/2014 3:44:26 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—The first interdealer trading platform aimed at opening up credit derivatives markets to new competition has hit roadblocks due to resistance from some banks that dominate such trading, according to several people familiar with the situation. Derivatives markets continue to revolve around the small group of dominant banks, and credit markets have become more – not less – concentrated since the 2008 global financial crisis.
Retail investors pay price as hedge funds dominate ETFs
By Reuters
08/25/2014 11:07:22 AM ET

NEW YORK (IFR)—Junk-bond ETFs created for retail investors have been hijacked by hedge funds using them to make broad bets on bond prices, causing roller-coaster distortions in the high-yield market. Funds designed for retail investors have morphed into hedging tools that sell off too suddenly, and in too great a size, for illiquid high-yield bonds to keep up.






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