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  • December

    Say no to short selling 19 December 2008

    ?As markets were brought to their knees around the globe in September and October, regulators around the world, like dominos began dropping the news that short selling is banned. Ian Hall explores of the vast flurry of measures implemented and explores what impact the bans have had on the hedge fund community.

  • Managers under the microscope 19 December 2008

    ?Hedge fund investors are being more selective than ever before about their allocations and with good reason. Joseph Mariathasan analyses where the money is now going.

  • In the post 19 December 2008

    Replicating success?

  • September

    Hedge funds down in July 18 September 2008

  • The Latin rhythm 18 September 2008

    Fincere Ltd was set up in 2006 and launched its first offering in June this year. Its global emerging markets fund largely focuses on the Latin American markets. Ian Hall speaks to Fincere's fund manager about how the fund came about, and what makes the Latin American market so unique.

  • August

    Hedge funds down in June 04 August 2008

  • The invisible prime broker 04 August 2008

    Isf's first ever Synthetic Prime Brokerage Survey garnered responses from over 200 individual hedge funds. But unlike traditional cash prime brokerage, biggest is not necessarily best in the synthetic world. Craig MacDonald investigates.

  • The model is forming 04 August 2008

  • Is three a crowd? 04 August 2008

    The introduction of a central counterparty to CDS and even CFD trading later this year, under an approving regulatory eye, is going to revolutionise the market. But people need to be careful that the complicated procedure of inserting a middleman into these traditionally bilateral over the counter markets doesn't add a risk of its own. Marek Sanders reports.

  • The beta hunters 04 August 2008

    The subject of hedge fund replication is not a new one. In fact academics have been toying with the idea since the early 1990s. It is one of the topics that creates a clear divide in people's opinion. They either love it or hate it. Ian Hall investigates.

  • The balance of power 04 August 2008

    ?The synthetic prime brokerage market is increasingly being driven by institutions alongside hedge funds. Isf chairs a discussion on tapping this tremendous new potential, the hottest markets today, and the reshaping of relationships in our new credit environment.

  • June

    The wheels come off 25 June 2008

    Are 130/30 products truly a way to harness a vast untapped potential of expertise, or just another fad that like all fads, may have just a kernel of truth embedded deep within? What is clear is that many long only fund managers as well as hedge funds are jumping onto the 130/30 bandwagon, which for many institutional funds, may not necessarily be driving them to anywhere sensible. Joseph Mariathasan reports.

  • News analysis 25 June 2008

  • News in brief 25 June 2008

  • Moving mountains 25 June 2008

    The hedge fund industry needs to be more transparent and two landmark initiatives, one in the US and one in the United Kingdom aim to help the market shed its monster in the closet reputation. Craig MacDonald investigates.

  • Predicting the future? 25 June 2008

    Roy Martins believes a person's actions can determine his future. Ian Hall chats to him about why he left powerhouse prime broker, Morgan Stanley and why he thinks Credit Suisse is a top tier prime broker.

  • GCC centres pull investors in 01 June 2008

    Until now, Middle East regional institutions and wealthy individuals invested via third parties in financial centres elsewhere. Andrew Hawa, regional manager of Sophis Middle East, says this is no longer always the case

  • Swarming for alpha: the honey of alternatives 01 June 2008

    The buzz of interest in alternative asset classes has grown noticeably louder over the last year as mainstream markets disappoint. Caroline Allen looks at the GI/Watson Wyatt Global Alternatives survey findings

  • Bank ills visited on wealth managers 01 June 2008

    Investment banks affected by the subprime crisis are facing substantial reorganisation, and in some cases, divestment of some of their businesses. Capco consultants Richard Watrasiewicz and Mark Jenkinson examine how, for example, a wealth management entity might have to be hived off from an investment bank parent

  • Good business, but getting harder 01 June 2008

    CACEIS has evolved in the last few years to rank as one of the top asset servicing firms globally. Caroline Allen asks François Marion, chairman of the management board, how he sees the industry shaping up in coming years

  • Asset firms target cross-border capacity 01 June 2008

    Asia's buoyant savings have been increasingly flowing into funds, creating opportunities for more and more asset managers in the region. Meanwhile different service providers are seeking to accompany them across often complex and fragmented markets. How are asset managers designing and distributing their products? And how are the service providers responding to their requirements? Nick Parsons chaired a discussion among five investment funds experts at the Fortis headquarters in Hong Kong

  • BVI set to raise its game 01 June 2008

    The British Virgin Islands has been chasing the Cayman Islands, its rival jurisdiction, to secure the lead in hedge fund registrations. Increased focus and new regulations in the pipeline might bring an extra edge to the longstanding competition

  • Cayman Islands enjoy the sunshine 01 June 2008

    The subprime crisis has finally brought home to hedge funds that they have to manage their counterparty risk. As a result, hedge funds have been transferring spare assets from their prime brokers to custodians, writes James Norris

  • Volatility halts growth momentum 01 June 2008

    The global fund of hedge fund industry saw solid growth over 2007, the GI/ Watson Wyatt Global Alternative Survey reveals. But growth would not have looked so good if it had included first quarter 2008 numbers, finds Caspar Hoare

  • Adapting to survive 01 June 2008

    Private equity firms are quick to spot investment opportunities and to adapt to changing markets. With the end of the leveraged buyout market, distressed assets in the real estate sector are offering interesting investment opportunities, writes James Norris

  • Green turns to gold in real estate 01 June 2008

    Environmental issues have moved to the heart of property valuation, as managers calculate the cost of a turn in investor sentiment and more stringent regulation. PRUPIM's Paul McNamara, talks to Caroline Allen

  • Hard asset funds show their size 01 June 2008

    Real estate funds are the biggest in the Watson Wyatt/Global Investor survey and are set to grow. Meanwhile, infrastructure funds make their debut in this year's survey with impressive AUM results, finds Caspar Hoare

  • Mercer remains top Australian manager 01 June 2008

    In spite of a vigorous shake up in the rankings, Mercer is top of Morningstar's Australian fund rankings for the second time in a row. Hong Kong rankings saw less change since March but AXA Rosenberg steals first place despite being unplaced in March, writes Caspar Hoare

  • Next Generation Hedge Fund Services to Satisfy Sophisticated Investors 01 June 2008

    By Jaron van Dam – Global Head Sales & Relationship Management, Fortis Prime Fund Solutions

  • The Promise of Hedge-Fund Beta Replication 01 June 2008

    By Jeremiah H. Chafkin and Andrew W. Lo

  • May

    An evolving model 22 May 2008

    The recent market turbulence has caused a new phenomena to occur. The lack of liquidity and bank instability has caused the central banks of the world to reevaluate their role in the markets. Craig MacDonald investigates how central banks have become more proactive and creative in the markets, if their plans are working and how it will effect spreads.

  • News in brief 22 May 2008

  • People in brief 22 May 2008

  • A new tune in Russia 22 May 2008

    Russia is no longer just a market of commodities and misconceptions of unsafe investment. Its capital markets are growing. Craig MacDonald speaks to one of the beneficiaries of this improved Russia, Troika Dialog Asset Management, about their hedge fund and if Russia is really the new boom market.

  • Market analysis 22 May 2008

    Let it grow

  • Legal brief 22 May 2008

    The case heard round the world

  • In the post 22 May 2008

    ASLA fights back

  • The quest for a start-up 22 May 2008

    Hedge fund investment is down and it's almost impossible to launch a start-up. But that has little to do with the financial crisis. The credit crunch's biggest impact is political, says Maria McGrady.

  • The Canadian market roars 22 May 2008

    ?Canada has been called at times, insular, conservative, domestic. But the market is keen to demonstrate it is global. And recent regulatory changes will help. isf gathers some of the biggest securities lending players in the country together for the first in a series of local market forums.

  • Driving a new model 22 May 2008

    ?PASLA has a new man behind the wheel. Lawrence Komo was named chairman of PASLA at its annual conference earlier this year. He speaks to Craig MacDonald about his plans for the association, why he took the job, and his take on what happened at Opes Prime.

  • March

    If you don't ask you don't get 11 March 2008

    Beneficial owners can get more transparency than ever before about the price of different services. But they need to ask, and many smaller funds don't. Maria McGrady explains the murky world of pricing and how to ask the right questions.