Hedge Funds Review - 106

Gradual rise in Shariah compliant ETFs

The first Shariah compliant ETF was launched in January 2007. Since then the evolution in the methodologies used by index providers to create appropriate Shariah compliant indices has resulted in well-defined indices acceptable to a broad constituency of…

Tangible infrastructure promises stability

As investors continue to be wary of the more exotic strategies, many are looking at infrastructure where real tangible assets and investments could reap high returns. Kris Devasabai examines the interest in this sector as governments around the globe…

Basic ETF structure and Ucits

ETFs have distinctive features. Each ETF is designed to track a specific index. They provide access to investment styles, asset classes, markets and different sectors.

What is on offer

ETFs possess characteristics that make them an alternative to futures and portfolios of shares for investors who are seeking to gain or reduce country, regional, sector and style as well as fixed-income and commodity exposure.

Interesting times for global bond market

The bond market has not been immune to the global economic crisis. Investor confidence has been shaken. However, the overall lack of liquidity has increased the importance of bond markets as a source of finance for companies and governments.

ETFs still flying high

Exchange traded funds have become established as popular investment tools. There are still challenges ahead, but there is no doubt of the growing importance of ETFs to investors. Margie Lindsay examines the future prospects for these vehicles.

Smaller brokers move into the fast lane

Keen to take advantage of opportunities presented by the current economic climate, smaller brokerages are moving beyond the limitations set by a traditional hosted trading platform model, explains John Beck of Waters magazine.

Mini boom

As the prime brokerage heavyweights are forced to reassess their business models, so called mini-primes specialising in servicing small and mid-sized hedge funds are booming. Kris Devasabai reports

Changing times

If any doubters remain, they are few and far between. The hedge fund world, even before the imposition of widescale regulation and oversight, has fundamentally changed. How the industry will develop, however, is not certain.

Investable indexes - June 2009

Credit Suisse /Tremont Hedge Fund Index - Dow Jones Hedge Fund Benchmarks - Frontier Capital Multi-Asset Platform Fund - Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index - HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index - Lyxor Global hedge Fund Index

Fund trading landscape in flux

The technology requirements of hedge funds vary according to their trading styles and strategies. Jamie Wynn-Williams looks at whether all hedge funds need sophisticated order management systems

Shorting and hedging with ETFs

ETFs can be sold short to hedge a portfolio of stocks, bonds, commodities or funds. Securities lending revenue on ETFs can be attractive for investors who own ETF shares. The lending revenue that can be earned on ETFs could more than cover the annual TER…

Hope for a better future

Marketing and distribution of hedge funds in Italy remains difficult. Although the industry suffered a catastrophic fall in assets under management at the end of 2008, signs are the sector is picking up. Hedge Funds Review looks at the future of the…

ETFs in Latin America

In the first five months of 2009, the Latin American exchange-traded funds (ETFs) industry had 11 locally domiciled ETFs, 174 exchange listings and assets of $7.47 billion from two providers on two exchanges.

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