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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.
People

Goldman moves FX trading chief to commodities role
By Reuters
04/01/2014 2:41:18 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Goldman Sachs has moved its head of global foreign exchange trading Guy Saidanberg to the role of co-head of commodities trading, making way for the appointment of former JP Morgan banker b>Kayhan Mirza to the FX role. Internal memos seen by Reuters confirmed Mirza's move to Goldman as a partner, reported in some media at the start of this month, and that Saidanberg was moving to the new post after a year in charge of the currency area.
Newedge's commodities, currencies chief leaves
By Reuters
12/12/2013 4:09:23 PM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters)—Newedge Group's global commodities and currencies chief, John Fay, has left the U.S.-based futures brokerage ahead of a major ownership change.
Technology

New Computer Programs Help Hedge Fund AHL's Revival
By Reuters
11/11/2010 11:08:42 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—New computer programs designed to cope with choppy markets have helped Man Group's flagship hedge fund AHL produce stronger returns after last year's damaging losses, its manager told Reuters. Tim Wong, chief executive of AHL, a $22.
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.
Credit Suisse to cut deeper in fixed income
By Reuters
04/16/2014 5:55:52 PM ET

LONDON (IFR)—Credit Suisse has concluded that deeper cuts to its fixed income franchise will be needed over coming months, with management finally bowing to years of pressure to scale back in the area after revealing that the business suffered its worst start to the year since 2008. The global macro products desk, which houses the Swiss bank's rates, foreign exchange and commodities offerings, is likely to face the brunt of any cuts, with continued low interest rates across the developed world and new regulations dramatically reducing client trading volumes and profitability.
Regulatory/Legal

States say draft EU rules could undermine market benchmarks
By Reuters
04/14/2014 3:24:54 PM ET

BRUSSELS (Reuters)—Draft European Union law to regulate financial instruments could undermine major market benchmarks such as Brent crude unless the same rules apply to non-EU countries, Britain and four other EU nations warned. The European Commission, the EU executive, published a draft proposal last year on rules to prevent the rigging of financial benchmarks.
Bank of England shake-up may trigger rate-setter changes
By Reuters
03/17/2014 4:48:03 PM ET

LONDON (Reuters)—Governor Mark Carney's first big shake-up of the Bank of England could set off changes on its interest rate-setting committee, with markets chief Paul Fisher at risk of losing out. Carney, who took over last year, had already been planning changes to the upper echelons when the central bank was drawn into a scandal over alleged manipulation of currency markets.
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: UK commodity regulator embraces more openness
By John Kemp, Reuters
02/27/2014 3:50:19 PM ET

By publishing a new primer on the changing landscape for commodity markets and emerging issues for regulators, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has taken a welcome first step towards greater transparency. Despite its rather dull title, the FCA's "Commodity Markets Update", released on Thursday [Feb.
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