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BP: oil spill is potential disaster for UK pension funds

Despite a healthy balance sheet, BP is being urged to cut dividend payments and create a ring-fenced fund for damages claims. As BP considers whether to suspend payments, UK pension funds will be calculating the impact. However, the effects of a suspension would not only affect pension funds, but also have severe repercussions for regular retail investors.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jun 2010
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Deltix: expanding beyond alpha generation with broker connectivity

Alpha generation platform vendor Deltix has extended its current offering, with the intention of becoming a one-stop-shop for hedge funds to develop quantitative strategies, back test and deploy them, then manage them in production. In response, certain retail-focused companies may also look to move into the same space, however their alpha generation capabilities are as of yet untested.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jan 2009
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Exchange traded funds: sunshine on a cloudy day

There remains a glimmer of hope in the asset management industry, even as significant outflows continue from hedge funds, capital protected structured products, property and equity funds. Exchange traded funds, only launched in the US in 1993, now account for almost 40% of all US stock trading volume.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2009
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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: a not-so-happy couple

The US government's intervention in the US housing market to nationalize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two quasi-governmental mortgage guarantors, has dragged the agencies back from the brink of collapse. In addition, the move looks to have reassured world markets. However, it may not be enough to drag the UK economy towards recovery.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2008
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FSA: the future of financial services regulation in the UK

In the aftermath of a significant financial collapse, central banks, governments and watchdogs seek to protect and strengthen their market with new rules and regulations to govern good conduct, as well as free and fair economic principles. Given recent events, it is almost a certainty that the Financial Services Authority in the UK will review its regulations, but what can be expected?

Published By Datamonitor
06 Oct 2008
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Hedge funds poised to register headline returns, but are investors getting bang for their buck?

With recent data from Hedge Fund Research showing that the industry was up 18.81% to November 24, 2009, a return of just 0.63% between now and December 31 would mark the best yield in a decade. However, with other investment vehicles also performing well, hedge fund managers must now justify their fees and show that they have the expertise worthy of their prestige and remuneration packages.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2009
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Hedge funds: challenges beyond regulations

As governments around the world scramble to reform the practices of the hedge fund industry, the EU has issued its plans for a comprehensive regulatory and supervisory framework for alternative investment funds in continental Europe. These regulatory changes pose real challenges to hedge funds, but the industry does not just have regulators to appease, it has investors to win back.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2009
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Hedge funds: UCITS funds may widen investor appeal

Having dispelled the dark cloud that hung over the industry at the end of 2008, hedge funds have seen their assets under management (AUM) return to pre-crisis levels. Hedge funds are poised to advance further under the Undertakings for Collective Investments in Transferable Securities (UCITS) framework, which, although restrictive, should assuage many lingering investor concerns.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2010
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MiFID could have significant impact on European hedge fund managers

The global hedge fund market has seen significant growth, with the European market contributing a large proportion. However, in the short term, regulatory difficulties such as the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which is due to come into effect in November, and product complexity are likely to be the most prominent obstacles to further growth.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2007
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Short-term remuneration strategies are holding back UK banks

The UK bonus culture is symptomatic of a shorter term approach to banking that has led to inefficient systems integration policies and quick fix cost cutting strategies among senior management. UK banks can learn from practices abroad, where longer term strategies have nurtured a culture of stability and greater process efficiency.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Feb 2009

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