UCITS 2010: Going to the next stage
To coincide with the launch of Absolute UCITS, this report looks at the impetus behind, and the issues raised, by going onshore - including the potential for performance drag, and for inappropriate structures being squeezed into a UCITS format.
Currencies: The growth of foreign exchange as an asset class
By daily volume, the currency trading market is massive, turning over far more each day by value than recognised major asset classes like equities or bonds. It is a market that continues to evolve, with the increasing popularity of multi-manager strategies and the rapid growth in the depth and liquidity of emerging markets being just two of the new dimensions featured in this report.
Global Review: Global $bn firms – the full list
Assets in global hedge funds fell and then rebounded during 2009 to end the year at just over $1.82 trillion - roughly the same level as the previous year - according to the latest research compiled by HedgeFund Intelligence. See the full list of global billion dollar firms here.
Global Review 2010
If the key challenge for many hedge funds in 2008 was largely a matter of survival, 2009 can be characterised as an impressive comeback for the industry. This encouraging outcome has put paid to the doomsayers who predicted that the global financial crisis would result in a terminal decline for the previously high-flying industry.
Commodities: Trading and investing opportunities
There are plenty of good reasons to explain why commodities are increasingly regarded as an asset class in their own right. Foremost among these is that the empirical research published on the market demonstrates that commodities are a valuable diversification tool generating returns that are generally uncorrelated with other mainstream assets. At times, those returns have been eye-popping.