Derivatives

Investable FX Indices: extending access to uncorrelated and sustainable Currency Returns

Currency Investor Summer 2010 The Index world has grown exponentially over the past two decades. In part this was a result of new investment products emerging from traditional financial marketplaces like national stock exchanges, but also the recognition that alternative asset classes existed into which institutional investors might be persuaded to allocate their money....

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Hedge funds shaken up

March 2010 FT Mandate The ghost of Bernie Madoff is haunting fund managers, causing a chain reaction of transparency, regulation and a greater administrative role. In the past two years, the hedge fund management business has been shaken up like never before, with redemptions on an unprecedented scale, fund closures, asset values dropping and...

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Putting market volatility to work

FT Mandate, October 2008 Volatility trading is no longer the preserve of hedge funds as traditional investors look to exploit the huge spikes in the market. By Gerry O’Kane. The one consistency the markets have been showing in recent months is volatility. Where there is movement, the investment sector finds opportunity and in recent...

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HEDGE FUNDS: The real derivatives players

FT Mandate, November 2005 Hedge funds can be considered the alcoholics of the derivatives world – dependent on them to function in any meaningful way. They have also been known to collapse when they’ve either over-indulged their passion or misjudged the effects of the product. Generally, though, they wander the investment circuit in blissful...

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The revolution feeding equity risk appetite

FT Mandate, November 2005 Equity derivatives have made massive progress in traditionally untapped markets partly due to institutions having to reduce their equity allocations but not wanting to. Gerry O’Kane charts the rise of the asset class and provides an insight into the different types of products on offer. It is always bad for...

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BARCLAYS CUTS RISK USING DERIVATIVES

Barclays Global Investors (BGI) is the world’s sixth largest defined contribution (DC) manager with more than $ 108bn under management. In part it has reached this position by providing enhanced risk-controlled investments, a pre-requisite for Texas Instruments’ $ 42m mandate. Will Britten, client relations officer with BGI, saw the success of the bid as...

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Futures and Options: Uncertain Futures

Benchmark — Investment Funds of Asia First Quarter 1999 By Gerry O’Kane It is a financial instrument often mentioned but that few understand, including many of the professionals. This complex derivative is the instrument that destroyed Barings Bank. That is the bad publicity. The reality is that futures and its sister, options, are frequently...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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