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Goldman, JPMorgan seek dismissal of aluminum price-fixing lawsuits
By Reuters
04/23/2014 2:44:02 PM ET

Editor's note: This version of the story adds comments from plaintiffs' lawyer, paragraph 4-5 and 10. NEW YORK (Reuters)—Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Habas sues UK's Duet, claims breach of contract on NSI shares
By Reuters
04/23/2014 2:07:35 PM ET

JERUSALEM (Reuters)—The Dutch unit of Israel's Habas Investments filed a lawsuit against British private equity and hedge fund Duet Asset Management, alleging breach of contract last year to buy shares of Nieuwe Steen Investments (NSI). As part of debt settlement talks, Duet last August offered to buy its Dutch-based unit's Habas Tulip's 20 percent stake in NSI for €57 million ($78.
Deutsche Boerse's Clearstream buys hedge fund custody business
By Reuters
04/23/2014 11:51:58 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Deutsche Boerse's settlement arm Clearstream has expanded its post-trade services for hedge funds by acquiring an Ireland-based business from fund administration provider Citco. Clearstream has agreed to buy Citco's hedge fund custody processing business based in Cork, southern Ireland – which processes complex trade orders from financial institutions to hedge funds – for a "sum in the mid double digit million euro range", the two companies said in a statement on Wednesday [April 23].
Barclays joins retreat from commodities as new rules bite
By Reuters
04/22/2014 2:00:53 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Barclays will quit most of its commodities trading businesses, joining a broader retreat by banks as profits tumble in the face of tougher regulation. The British bank's exit means three of the top five banks in commodities have significantly reduced or shuttered their natural resource trading arms since last summer, with profits hit by regulatory demands for lenders to hold more capital to shield them against any problems.
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.
European hedge fund assets hit record high in Q1 of 2014
By Reuters
04/15/2014 2:37:25 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Assets held by European hedge funds hit record high levels in the first three months of this year, data showed on Tuesday [April 15], a sign of investor confidence in the region. Data from industry tracker Eurekahedge showed hedge funds in Europe managed a record $476.
Amber Capital to force shareholder vote on Nexans CEO
By Reuters
04/15/2014 12:33:07 PM ET

PARIS (Reuters)—Nexans shareholder Amber Capital said it plans to force a vote on a resolution to push Chairman and Chief Executive Frederic Vincent off the board at the cable maker's annual shareholder meeting on May 15. Nexans made a loss in 2013 and skipped its dividend for the year after being forced to raise new share capital in October, blaming a lack of growth in Europe and industry overcapacity.
Jana, Corvex, Och-Ziff among those pressuring Walgreen's to relocate to Europe
By Reuters
04/14/2014 12:24:09 PM ET

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Reuters)—U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co. is under pressure from a group of shareholders to consider relocating to Europe to gain tax benefits, the Financial Times reported.
Fresh new money fails to halt Jupiter share slide
By Reuters
04/11/2014 11:37:34 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Jupiter Fund Management met market expectations with its trading update on Friday [April 11], posting fresh cash inflows and reaffirming the prospect of future payouts, though this failed to lure buyers in a broad market selloff. The UK-based group said it took in £547 million to boost total assets under management to £32.
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.
Ashmore sees net Q3 outflows of $6.2 billion
By Reuters
04/10/2014 2:30:20 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Emerging market-focused fund manager Ashmore Group plc said assets under management slid further in the March quarter when $6.2 billion was pulled from its funds.
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].
French regulator considers fining Elliott arm $55 million: reports
By Reuters
04/04/2014 6:12:55 PM ET

NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters)—France's AMF stock market regulator is considering whether to fine the UK arm of U.S. hedge fund Elliott Management €40 million ($55 million) over allegations of insider trading and market manipulation relating to French motorway operator APRR, newspapers reported on Friday.
MF Global customers to recoup $6.7 billion as final payout starts
By Reuters
04/03/2014 3:00:39 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Former customers of MF Global Holdings Ltd.'s bankrupt brokerage will recoup all $6.7 billion they are owed following the completion of a payout that will begin on Friday [April 4], its trustee said.
Investors accuse 12 banks of forex price rigging in U.S. lawsuit
By Reuters
04/01/2014 5:16:11 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Twelve large banks have been sued in a consolidated antitrust lawsuit by investors who claim they conspired to rig prices in the roughly $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.
Traders say they are not 'too big to fail', but clearing houses might be
By Reuters
04/01/2014 4:30:46 PM ET

LAUSANNE (Reuters)—The world's regulators should stop worrying whether trading houses are "too big to fail" and focus instead on ensuring that new rules are not forcing far too many deals through clearing houses, major commodity traders said on Tuesday [April 1]. Some policymakers question whether the largest commodities firms, which handle almost a trillion dollars a year in energy, metals and grains deals, could pose a risk to the wider economy.
Ares Management files for IPO
By Reuters
03/31/2014 6:01:20 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Credit investment and private equity firm Ares Management LP filed to go public on Monday [March 31] in what would be the first initial public offering by a major alternative asset manager since Carlyle Group LP's offering two years ago. Ares said in a filing with the U.
Bullion market eyes e-platform to revamp London gold benchmark
By Reuters
03/31/2014 2:03:31 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—As regulators investigate the transparency of global financial benchmarks, bullion banks are contemplating a move to electronic platforms that would shed more light on the London gold fix, a widely used reference price, sources said. A growing number of technology providers are competing to offer a more transparent way of disseminating information that shows how the price of the $20 billion a day trade is settled.
U.K. steps up scrutiny of traders' activity on benchmark rates
By Reuters
03/31/2014 12:12:17 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Britain's financial industry watchdog plans to step up its scrutiny of banks' control over their traders to see if lessons have been learned from the scandal over benchmark rate rigging. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said its review of the risk that traders manipulate key benchmarks is a central part of its 2014/15 business plan, published on Monday [March 31].
Chatroom evidence questions BoE role in FX probe
By Reuters
03/20/2014 1:14:48 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—British regulators are examining evidence relating to a 2012 meeting of currency dealers and Bank of England officials which potentially challenges the central bank's assertion it had not condoned sharing details of client orders. The practice of sharing details about such orders is at the center of a global rigging probe.

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