Robeco Adds

Dutch fund giant Robeco Asset Management (RAM), which has EUR142 billion of assets under management, has appointed a new head to its quantitative strategies department.   Thierry Post will be responsible for the management of the department, but more specifically for delivering high-quality investment-support strategies and portfolio-management methodologies. Post will also co-ordinate quantitative research within […]
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Withers Joins CSAM

Credit Suisse Asset Management (CSAM) has hired Gary Withers as vice chairman and head of asset management for EMEA. He assumes the role from Mark Burgess, who has resigned to pursue another opportunity.   Withers was previously chief executive of Norwich Union Life, the life insurance arm of the UK‘s largest insurance company and a […]
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Buyside Drives FX Automation

As asset managers, hedge funds and proprietary trading shops have wholeheartedly jumped into the foreign exchange markets, they have also driven innovations in technology and transparency which have led to greater automation.   Whilst the report by Boston-based consultancy Aite Group does not contain too many revelations to anyone that has read the New York […]
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State Street Releases Hedge Fund Study

State Street Corporation has released its third institutional investor hedge fund study which was conducted last year in conjunction with the 2006 Global Absolute Return Congress (Global ARC).   Asset owners who participated in the study included representatives from global corporate pensions (21%), public and government pensions (32%) and endowments and foundations (44%). According to […]
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…As Does MTS

Meanwhile, in a good week for hedge funds seeking direct market access, Italy-based fixed income trading platform MTS announced it too, would allow hedge fund firms to trade on its platform which supports European Government Bonds.   Although the move is unlikely to prove popular with its banking clients, MTS says the move is, “desirable […]
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Swapstream Bends to Buyside Pressure…

Interest rate swaps trading platform Swapstream has bent to pressure from professional traders and hedge funds, and is launching a dealer-to-customer platform. At the same time it added US dollar and British sterling denominated swaps at the medium and long end of the IRS curve as part of its strategy to penetrate the US markets. […]
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Hathersage Adds Experience with Strack

Currency manager Hathersage Capital Management, has hired Bill Strack as a director of portfolio management. Strack, based in Los Angeles, reports to Bill Lipschutz, head of portfolio management – the firm says Strack will be trading alongside Lipschutz.   Strack is responsible for the evaluation of qualitative and quantitative market information and supporting the portfolio […]
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Kassin Joins Credit Suisse Asset Management

Raphael Kassin has joined Credit Suisse Asset Management as head of emerging markets fixed income.   Kassin was most recently with ABN Amro Asset Management in London where he was a top-performing fund manager and head of its global emerging markets debt portfolio, managing more than $8bn in assets.   Paul Griffiths, managing director and […]
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Directional Trading Opens to Investors

Directional Trading, the currency trading boutique set up by former Dresdner, Citigroup and Bank of America trader Emmanuel Acar, is opening its doors to investors 15 months after launch (see Profit & Loss, January 2006), has become a trading name of Providentia Capital LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. The […]
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New Due Diligence Questions from AIMA

The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the hedge fund and alternative investment industry association, has produced a new set of due diligence questionnaires (DDQs). The questionnaires are to help guide investors in hedge funds, and firms that service hedge funds, when they are doing due diligence. The questionnaires offer guidance when selecting hedge fund managers, […]
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