S&P to launch commodity sub-indexes amid US regulation fears

Ratings agency and financial research firm Standard & Poor’s (S&P) is to roll out two commodity-related sub-indexes that focus only on European and Asian contracts in response to fears the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will make further…

Ucit hedge funds proceed with caution

A number of hedge fund managers have launched Ucits III-compliant funds in an attempt to attract stickier institutional money. But success is far from guaranteed, with one high-profile fund recently undergoing a restructuring after failing to attract…

Remuneration: it's payback time

Disgruntled taxpayers and their political representatives are set on revenge, making bankers pay for their mistakes through compensation taxes and restrictions. But a more constructive approach will be needed to sustainably reform such a complex and…

Sonatrach CEO probe not affecting exports

Market fears about an Algerian oil and gas export shutdown are unfounded, say analysts, following confirmation that the chief executive of state-owned energy company Sonatrach is now under judicial review.

Trade of the month: Secondary trading

The secondary trading of structured products in the UK is limited by low liquidity, which is partly due to bid-offer spreads that are wide enough to deter investors. While most providers of retail structured products in the UK publish prices throughout…

The transparency tide

The issue of counterparty risk and how best to convey it to retail investors dominated the agenda at the Structured Products Europe conference. Delegates explored ways of identifying and mitigating risk, while the rise in structured funds and regulation…

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