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  • Total assets increased by $46.8bn in the last three months of 2016, ending the year at $3.02tn.

Hedge funds end 2016 with largest annual increase since 2014, says HFR data

Despite continuing stories about investor disassatisfaction with performance, hedge funds ended 2016 on an asset high.
  • The majority of investors (63 per cent) believe their own company will maintain their holdings of UK assets in the coming six months.

Institutional investors hold their nerve on investing into UK after Brexit vote

The vast majority of institutional investors (80 per cent) expect Brexit to have an impact on their operating models, according to the latest State Street Brexometer Index.
  • Investors may have lost sight of the role hedge funds are meant to play in an investment portfolio.

Pension funds urged to allocate more to hedge funds

Pension funds should remember the value of hedge funds as a hedge against market fluctuations in times of economic turbulence, says global investment firm Cambridge Associates.
  • The suggested changes form part of the Securities and Futures (Amendment) Bill 2016.

Singapore regulator looks at extending transparency on short selling

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is looking at introducing enhanced transparency on the level of short selling in securities listed on Singapore’s approved exchanges, according to a briefing paper by legal firm Sidley.
  • Only 13 per cent expect to continue to pay for research from all leading investment banks while 72 per cent say they will use research from less than five banks.

Banks to lose as asset managers move to others under Mifid II research unbundling in 2018

With less than a year before the markets in financial instruments directive (Mifid II) rules kick in, most asset managers are shifting research budgets away from the top nine investment banks.
  • Investment flows for most of 2016 highlighted elevated dissatisfaction with the industry’s sub-standard 2015 returns.

Hedge funds celebrate outperformance in 2016 despite waning enthusiasm of some investors

Despite some high profile declines, the average hedge fund outperformed an equal weighted equity/fixed income benchmark for the second consecutive year and several segments showed that 2015 might have been an anomaly for the industry.
  • Assets under management in the hedge fund industry fell for the first time since 2008.

Hedge funds end 2016 in positive territory but assets contract by over $20bn

Hedge funds gained 1.01 per cent in December, with full year 2016 returns at 4.48 per cent, according to data from Eurekahedge.
  • Esma seems to not be aware of platforms that offer services to intermediaries and investment companies, increasingly acting as their technology and product providers.

Concerns raised over Esma lack of understanding of distribution of financial products

The European Securities and Markets Authority (Esma) seems to have little understanding of open architecture platforms, according to European Federation of Financial Intermediaries and Financial Advisers (Fecif).