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U.S. SEC's information technology at risk of hacking: GAO
By Reuters
04/17/2014 5:41:54 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has failed to protect its data network against possible breaches, to encrypt highly sensitive information, or to use strong enough passwords, the Government Accountability Office said on Thursday [April 17].
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.
Illinois investigates Herbalife as federal, state probes grow
By Reuters
04/17/2014 4:14:28 PM ET

BOSTON (Reuters)—Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office said on Thursday [April 17] it is investigating Herbalife , joining other state and federal probes of allegations that the weight loss and nutrition company is running a pyramid scheme. Herbalife's share price closed down 0.
People

Ex-CFTC regulator Chilton joins DLA Piper law firm
By Reuters
04/15/2014 10:33:29 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Bart Chilton, an outspoken former regulator who spent more than six years as a member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, will join the law firm DLA Piper, the company said on Monday [April 14].
JPMorgan global commodities unit head Masters to leave: memo
By Reuters
04/02/2014 4:39:58 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Blythe Masters, one of Wall Street's most powerful women, is leaving JPMorgan Chase & Co. after a 27-year career that began as an intern in London and concludes with the sale of the multibillion-dollar commodities business she built.
Technology

Nasdaq, Tradeworx to launch test facility for algorithms
By Reuters
10/09/2013 2:02:53 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) Exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said on Wednesday [Oct. 9] it is partnering with a unit of high-frequency trading firm Tradeworx on an algorithm testing site for firms to examine automated trading strategies and reduce operational risk.
Buy Side Steps Up, and Streamlines: TABB Group Study
By Rich Blake, HedgeWorld
05/04/2010 10:02:17 AM ET

NEW YORK (HedgeWorld.com)—As money managers engage in increasingly sophisticated trading methods while encountering more compliance pressures, the push to invest in technologically advanced Order Management Systems (OMS), and separate Execution Management Systems (EMS), has never been greater, according to a soon to be released TABB Group study which surveyed 118 buy-side trading desks.
Strategy/Analysis

Commodity investor inflows rebound as sector outperforms shares
By Reuters
04/17/2014 1:05:16 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Money is flowing back into commodity investments this year as the sector has broken out of lock-step with other asset classes and outperformed them, attracting investors who aim to diversify portfolios. After $50 billion of net redemptions in 2013, total inflows so far this year into passive commodity index products and commodity-linked exchange traded funds (ETFs) have amounted to about $5.
Armajaro Commodities Fund assets fall almost 25 percent in first quarter
By Reuters
04/16/2014 5:02:27 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—London-based Armajaro Asset Management lost nearly a quarter of assets at its largest commodities fund in the first quarter, the latest sign that edgy investors have continued to withdraw cash from the sector after weak returns, documents show. Assets under management at Armajaro Commodities Fund (ACF), the biggest of the group's six hedge funds and one of three dedicated to commodities, fell to $686 million by end-March from $904 million at end-December, documents obtained by Reuters on the fund showed on Wednesday [April 16].
Regulatory/Legal

SEC eyes test that may lead to shift away from 'dark pools'
By Reuters
04/11/2014 1:05:56 PM ET

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters)—U.S. securities regulators are considering testing a proposed reform that could drive business to major stock exchanges and away from alternative trading venues such as "dark pools" that critics say may be hurting investors by reducing the quality of pricing.
FINRA probes banks' bond transactions: report
By Reuters
04/11/2014 12:05:15 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters)—Wall Street watchdog FINRA is taking a broad look at the trading profits of banks and other middlemen in some bond transactions to examine whether some money managers are favored at the expense of other investors, The Wall Street Journal reported. FINRA is crunching through reams of trading data, looking for instances in which the middlemen have earned unusually large profits on bond deals, the Journal said, citing officials.
Indexes

Lipper hedge fund performance - February 2014 - Multi-Strategy (U.S. funds)
By HedgeWorld
04/04/2014 5:20:45 PM ET

CHICAGO (HedgeWorld.com)—The chart below contains hedge fund performance data from the Lipper Hedge Fund Database for all U.S. funds open to investment.
Lipper hedge fund performance - February 2014 - Multi-Strategy (all funds)
By HedgeWorld
04/04/2014 5:19:32 PM ET

CHICAGO (HedgeWorld.com)—The chart below contains hedge fund performance data from the Lipper Hedge Fund Database for all funds open to investment. Performance listed is absolute performance.
Opinion

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.
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