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  1. Bloomberg and UBS clash over Sef aggregation

    Speaking later in the day, the CFTC's Vincent McGonagle, director of its division of market oversight, said the agency is now looking at the issue and implied the regulator has made up its mind about the outcome: "We are going to ask questions of...

  2. Hedge funds ‘cannot be too paranoid' on reputational risk

    With shorting shares, rumour-mongering and press tip-offs all becoming more common, investors are looking to hedge fund owners to identify threats and protect their investments. Lawyer advises counter-strike against dirty tricks campaigns

  3. Looking back: El Niño boosts weather derivatives

    December 1997 saw one of many false starts for weather derivatives The appearance this year of the El Niño weather pattern, the periodic warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean by a few degrees, is leading to a burst of interest in weather...

  4. Smart beta indexes gain currency with Asian investors

    In our products, by contrast, we implement forward-looking indicators. Spear is a good example of this; it has been particularly valuable for investors looking to hedge their Asian portfolio who were seeking an alternative from put options which...

  5. 'Unnecessary' Irish SME lending constraints hit hedge funds

    We know funds that are actively looking into this area. Multi-strategy funds blocked from originating loans Few hedge funds may be able to take advantage of the Central Bank of Ireland's proposals to lift its long-standing ban on alternative...

  6. Risk premium strategies favoured over beta commodity indexes

    The macro picture for commodities – with excess oil supply, uncertain demand and fundamentals reasserting within individual commodities – has taken a toll on the appetite for broad-based commodity indexes, leaving investors looking for yield more...

  7. Sef execution of package trades to be postponed

    I will say that with respect to Sef trading, this is all still very new, it's still growing, we are still learning, but obviously we are very focused on making sure that Sef practices ensure competition, transparency and integrity of trading, and...