Sunday 24th May 2015
NEWS TICKER: FRIDAY, MAY 22ND: The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has named Beliz Chappuie as CalPERS' Chief Auditor, effective July 31, 2015 - Saudi Arabia's oil minister has said the country will switch its energy focus to solar power as the nation envisages an end to fossil fuels, possibly around 2040-2050, Reuters reports. "In Saudi Arabia, we recognise that eventually, one of these days, we are not going to need fossil fuels, I don't know when, in 2040, 2050... we have embarked on a program to develop solar energy," Ali Al-Naimi told a business and climate conference in Paris, the news service reports. "Hopefully, one of these days, instead of exporting fossil fuels, we will be exporting gigawatts, electric ones. Does that sound good?" The minster is also reported to say he still expects the world's energy mix to be dominated by fossil fuels in the near future - Barclays has appointed Steve Rickards as head of offshore funds. He will lead the creation and implementation of the bank’s offshore funds strategy and report directly to Paul Savery, managing director of personal and corporate banking in the Channel Islands. For the last four years Mr Rickards has been heading up the Guernsey Funds team providing debt solutions for private equity and working with locally based fund administrators. Savery says: “Barclays’ funds segment has seen some terrific cross functional success over the past year or so. Specifically, the offshore business has worked hand in hand with the funds team in London to bring the very best of Barclays to our clients, and Steve has been a real catalyst to driving this relationship from a Guernsey perspective.” - Moody's has downgraded Uzbekistan based Qishloq Qurilish Bank's (QQB’s) local-currency deposit rating to B2, and downgraded BCA to b3 and assigned a Counterparty Risk Assessment of B1(cr)/Not prime(cr) to the bank. The agency says the impact on QQB of the publication of Moody's revised bank methodology and QQB's weak asset quality and moderate loss-absorption capacity are the reasons for the downgrades. Concurrently, Moody's has confirmed QQB's long-term B2 foreign-currency deposit rating and assigned stable outlooks to all of the affected long-term ratings. The short-term deposit ratings of Not-prime were unaffected - Delinquencies of the Dutch residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) market fell during the three-month period ended March 2015, according to Moody's. The 60+ day delinquencies of Dutch RMBS, including Dutch mortgage loans benefitting from a Nationale Hypotheek Garantie, decreased to 0.85% in March 2015 from 0.92% in December 2014. The 90+ day delinquencies also decreased to 0.66% in March 2015 from 0.71% in December 2014.Nevertheless, cumulative defaults increased to 0.65% of the original balance, plus additions (in the case of master issuers) and replenishments, in March 2015 from 0.56% in December 2014. Cumulative losses increased slightly to 0.13% in March 2015 from 0.11% in December 2014 – Asset manager Jupiter has recruited fund manager Jason Pidcock to build Asian Income strategy at the firm. Pidcock J has built a strong reputation at Newton Investment Management for the management of income-orientated assets in Asian markets and, in particular the £4.4bn Newton Asian Income Fund, which he has managed since its launch in 2005. The fund has delivered a return of 64.0% over the past five years compared with 35.9% for the IA Asia Pacific Ex Japan sector average, placing it 4th in the sector. Since launch it has returned 191.4 against 154.1% for the sector average. Before joining Newton in 2004, Jason was responsible for stock selection and asset allocation in the Asia ex-Japan region for the BP Pension Fund.
Tuesday, 26 June 2012

FundForum International 2012

26-28 June 2012
Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

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Monday, 11 June 2012

NeMa 2012

12 - 13 June 2012
Network Risk Summit
11 June 2012
InterContinental, Budapest

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29 February - 1 March 2012
Abbaye de Neumunster, Luxembourg

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RWC Partners says it will launch the RWC US Absolute Alpha, a UCITS III US equity long short fund, in October 2009 pending approval from the CSSF in Luxembourg. RWC US Absolute Alpha will use the flexibility allowed under UCITS III to gain exposure to US equities both in long and short positions

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A new UCITS fund has been launched by Morgan Stanley under its Irish UCITS umbrella FundLogic Alternatives, the platform brand name for the bank’s fund solutions which offers both UCITS and non-UCITS funds on a global basis.

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Vertex Capital Management says it has migrated its Vertex Evolution UCITS fund to Circle.2, Point Nine’s live and cloud-based middle and back office services platform for hedge funds. The London based investment advisory firm opted for Point Nine’s operations services and proprietary Circle technology platform when it launched in May last year. A new release, Circle.2, provides live and cloud-based trade reconciliation and settlements for the first time, enabling fund managers to view information such as counterparty exposures and settlement reports in real-time.

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Long/short equity is the most popular strategy pursued by AlternativeUndertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) funds, and overall, funds invested in emerging markets have posted the best performance from January 2002 through October 2011, according to analytics firm PerTrac. The 30-page report titled, The Coming of Age of Alternative UCITS Funds, also indicates that smaller funds outperform larger ones based on a comparison of equal-weighted and asset-weighted cumulative return of PerTrac’s Alternative UCITS Fund Index.

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BNP Paribas Securities Services has  roll-out an upgrade of its hedge fund and fund of hedge fund administration services platform, for both UCITs and offshore funds.

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