Friday 28th August 2015
NEWS: Thursday, August 27TH: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority says it has granted a restricted banking licence to Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific Company Limited (GSAPCL) under the Banking Ordinance. GSAPCL, incorporated in Hong Kong, is a wholly-owned banking subsidiary of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. The number of restricted licence banks in Hong Kong is now 24 - Apple launched its first Australian dollar corporate bond issue, raising $1.2bn within two hours this morning. Strong demand for the US tech giant’s fixed and floating, four and seven year Kangaroo bonds saw the firm outstrip predictions it would raise between $500m and $1bn. Apple bonds are popular because the AA+ rated company is considered an ultra-safe investment, although yields are correspondingly low — about 3% on four-year bonds and about 3.8% on seven-year bonds - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published the responses received to the Joint Committee Discussion Paper on Key Information Document for PRIIPS. The responses can be downloaded from the regulator's website - Romania’s MV Petrom reportedly is planning a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange. According to Romanian press reports, the local investment fund Fondul Proprietatea may sell a significant stake in the company via public offering on the Bucharest Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange. OMV Petrom, with a current market capitalisation of €4.85bn has announced that it will ask its shareholders’ approval for a secondary listing in London. The general shareholders meeting is scheduled for September 22nd. Austrian group OMV, holds 51% of the company’s shares; other shareholders include the Romanian state, via the Energy Ministry, with a 20.6% stake, and investment fund Fondul Proprietatea, which holds 19%. The remaining 9.4% is free-float - Morgan Stanley (NYSE/MS) today announced the launch of a new fund, the IPM Systematic Macro UCITS Fund, under its FundLogic Alternatives plc umbrella. The fund provides exposure to IPM’s Systematic Macro strategy, which is based on IPM’s proprietary investment models that provide unique insights into how fundamental drivers interact with the dynamics of asset price returns. The FundLogic Alternatives Platform currently has more than $2.6bn in assets under management (as of 31 July 2015) and this latest addition expands Morgan Stanley’s offering of global macro strategies - Equities sold off hard this morning as continued pressure on Chinese stocks rippled throughout world markets. Chinese government intervention brought the Shanghai Composite back a positive close; but the question is now, has confidence eroded so much that the market will continue to depend on the government to prop it up? The other key element to consider today is the outcome of the debate in the German parliament on the Greek bailout. Last month, a record 65 lawmakers from the conservative camp broke ranks and refused to back negotiations on the bailout. The daily Bild estimated that up to 120 CDU and CSU members out of 311 might refuse to back the now-agreed deal. However, Chancellor Merkel is looking to secure support from the Social Democrats (SPD), Merkel's junior coalition partner, and the opposition Greens which will likely swing the final decision Greece’s way. However, a rebellion by a large number of her allies would be a blow to the highly popular Chancellor.

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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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