Hedge Fund RCB Launches Five New ETFs

Product-Launch-GraphicNew York (HedgeCo.Net) – RBC Global Asset Management is launching five new Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) specifically designed to meet the needs of investors and advisors for income, access to international markets and reduced exposure to foreign currency risk. All five ETFs are now available for purchase on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

“Our ongoing discussions with investors and advisors indicated a need for better income-generating solutions that provide international diversification and limit foreign currency risk,” said Mark Neill, head of RBC ETFs. “These new ETFs build upon our successful suite of RBC Quant Dividend Leaders ETFs, which feature a forward-looking investment approach, superior portfolio construction and competitive fees while offering additional global investment opportunities.”

RBC GAM also announced the launch of three new currency-hedged ETFs:

The RBC Quant EAFE Dividend Leaders ETF is the first and only international dividend ETF available in Canada and it is now available in a currency-hedged option.

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Dow Drops Over 300 Points, Volatility Rises

Screenshot 2014-10-10 12.19.13New York (HedgeCo.Net) – The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which represents large and well-known U.S. companies, has dropped more than 300 points ABC news reports.

The drop was the worst point loss in more than a year and the worst percentage loss since February.

“If you spent the entire summer wishing there was more volatility in the market, your dream has come true,” Art Hogan, chief market strategist at Wunderlich Securities in New York said in an interview with Reuters. “You have multiple global macro concerns, a new Ebola scare, beginning of a new quarter, and on the very short horizon, earnings season starting.”

The Street reports: Asian and European markets were splashed with red ink this morning after Wall Street fall yesterday. Germany is widely thought to be in recession, making the darkening the outlook for recovery for the rest of the Eurozone. France’s industrial figures are less bad than expected, but Italy’s are less good. European Central Bank governor Mario Draghi said at the Brookings Institution in Washington last night that the ECB was ready to take unconventional measures to combat deflation in the Eurozone and called on governments to play their part by implementing structural reforms. But the Germans don’t like some of those measures and it’s not clear governments are able to implement reform. TUI Travel is biggest faller in London on Ebola fears – while mining company Vedanta has to evacuate executives from Ebola-stricken Liberia.

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FBI Allege $311 Million Global Hedge Fund Fraud Scheme

Financial+Fraud+EnforcementNew York (HedgeCo.Net) – Two business associates in the hedge fund management industry have been charged by the FBI with defrauding institutional investors and causing collective losses of more than $311 million.

Helmut Kiener is charged by indictment with four counts of wire fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and three counts of money laundering, based on allegations that he devised and directed various investment fraud schemes in concert with his partner John C. Tausche. Tausche is charged by information with one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering, based on his alleged involvement in the scheme.

Kiener, a German national, controlled several hedge funds—including K1 Global Limited and K1 Invest—which he marketed to international investors. Tausche, a U.S. citizen, controlled several offshore hedge funds collectively called the Oceanus Funds.

According to the charges, between March 2005 and December 2008, Kiener allegedly devised a scheme to defraud Bear Stearns entities by representing to Bear Stearns that, under Kiener’s management, Bear Stearns investment funds would be diversified and independently managed. However, the indictment alleges that Kiener actually funneled Bear Stearns money from K1 through the Oceanus Funds and back to K1, so as to give the false impression that the funds were growing in size and were viable investments. Kiener and Tausche, it is alleged, knowingly and intentionally fostered the false appearance that the K1 Funds were increasing in value in order to induce Bear Stearns to continue to invest in the K1 Funds.

Both defendants allegedly provided false and misleading information to Bear Stearns in response to inquiries regarding the K1 and Oceanus Funds, repeatedly and falsely representing that the funds were diversified and independently managed. The indictment alleges that, as a result of the scheme, Kiener earned sales agent fees all while Bear Stearns invested and lost approximately $82 million.

The information filed against Tausche alleges a similar scheme against Barclays Bank, involving the K1 Funds and the Oceanus Funds. The information alleges that this scheme caused losses to Barclays Bank of $137 million.

It is further alleged that starting in 2007, Barclays Bank, Bear Stearns, and BNP Paribas (BNPP) invested with Kiener in two offshore funds named Consistent Return Ltd. and Mezzanine Financing Ltd. Kiener represented that both Consistent Return Ltd. and Mezzanine Financing Ltd. were legitimate investment funds, and the indictment alleges that the three institutional investors together invested more than $100 million in these funds. However, the indictment alleges that Kiener actually directed a third party to create these offshore funds and that Kiener then used the funds for his own purposes including, but not limited to, the purchase of: oceanfront real estate in Delray Beach, Florida, valued at over $21 million; a Bombardier executive jet; a Bell helicopter; luxury cars such as a Bentley, a Mercedes, and a Maybach; two luxury watercraft; and more than $8 million in upgrades to his real estate.

If convicted of all charges, Kiener faces a maximum possible statutory sentence of 200 years in prison, restitution, and a maximum possible fine of $7.936 million; Tausche faces a maximum possible statutory sentence of 40 years in prison, restitution, and a maximum possible fine of $1.974 million.

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Hedge Funds Lions’ Den, Season 2 Launch

lionNew York (HedgeCo.Net) – After a successful first year, Hedge Funds Review is launching the new season of Hedge Funds Lions’ Den from 28 October, 2014.

In this four part series, reality TV once again meets the hedge fund world. Two emerging managers have exclusive access to three of the industry’s biggest names for advice, guidance and potential investment. Specific strategies, ambitious pitches and one-to-one discussions culminate in a decision making finale where the Lions impart their industry wisdom.

This season includes Andrew McCaffery, of Aberdeen Asset Management, Ewan Kirk, of CANTAB and Natasha Reeve-Gray, from Altis Partners.

The show sponsors UK charity CHICKS, which provides week-long respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK who would not otherwise have a break in that year, and Futures for Kids, which helps to provide better lives and futures for children.

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Barclays Capital Pays $15 Million For Compliance Failures After Acquiring Lehman’s Advisory Business

Barclays Capital has agreed to pay a $15 million penalty and to undertake remedial measures after being charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with failing to maintain an adequate internal compliance system to ensure the firm did not run afoul of any federal securities laws after its wealth management business in the U.S. acquired the advisory business of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.
Investment advisers are required to adopt and implement written compliance policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Investment Advisers Act and its rules. An SEC examination and subsequent investigation found that Barclays failed to enhance its compliance infrastructure to integrate and support the acquisition and rapid growth of the advisory business from Lehman. The deficiencies in its compliance systems contributed to other securities law violations by Barclays.
“When a firm acquires an advisory business, it must devote the attention and resources necessary to build a robust compliance system,” said Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit. “Barclays failed to establish this critical compliance foundation when it acquired Lehman’s advisory business, and as a result subjected its clients to a host of improper practices and inadequate disclosures.”
According to the SEC’s order instituting a settled administrative proceeding, Barclays failed to adopt and implement written policies and procedures and maintain certain required books and records to prevent the other violations. For instance, Barclays executed more than 1,500 principal transactions with its advisory client accounts without making the required written disclosures or obtaining client consent. Barclays also earned revenues and charged commissions and fees that were inconsistent with its disclosures for 2,785 advisory client accounts. Barclays also violated custody provisions of the Advisers Act, and underreported its assets under management by $754 million when it amended its Form ADV on March 31, 2011. The violations resulted in overcharges and client losses of approximately $472,000 and additional revenue to Barclays of more than $3.1 million. Barclays has since reimbursed or credited its affected clients approximately $3.8 million including interest.
In addition to the $15 million penalty, Barclays agreed to retain an independent compliance consultant to internally address the violations. Without admitting or denying the findings, Barclays agreed to be censured and must cease and desist from committing or causing any further such violations.

Barclays Capital has agreed to pay a $15 million penalty and to undertake remedial measures after being charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with failing to maintain an adequate internal compliance system to ensure the firm did not run afoul of any federal securities laws after its wealth management business in the U.S. acquired the advisory business of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.
Investment advisers are required to adopt and implement written compliance policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Investment Advisers Act and its rules. An SEC examination and subsequent investigation found that Barclays failed to enhance its compliance infrastructure to integrate and support the acquisition and rapid growth of the advisory business from Lehman. The deficiencies in its compliance systems contributed to other securities law violations by Barclays.

“When a firm acquires an advisory business, it must devote the attention and resources necessary to build a robust compliance system,” said Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit. “Barclays failed to establish this critical compliance foundation when it acquired Lehman’s advisory business, and as a result subjected its clients to a host of improper practices and inadequate disclosures.”

According to the SEC’s order instituting a settled administrative proceeding, Barclays failed to adopt and implement written policies and procedures and maintain certain required books and records to prevent the other violations. For instance, Barclays executed more than 1,500 principal transactions with its advisory client accounts without making the required written disclosures or obtaining client consent. Barclays also earned revenues and charged commissions and fees that were inconsistent with its disclosures for 2,785 advisory client accounts. Barclays also violated custody provisions of the Advisers Act, and underreported its assets under management by $754 million when it amended its Form ADV on March 31, 2011. The violations resulted in overcharges and client losses of approximately $472,000 and additional revenue to Barclays of more than $3.1 million. Barclays has since reimbursed or credited its affected clients approximately $3.8 million including interest.

In addition to the $15 million penalty, Barclays agreed to retain an independent compliance consultant to internally address the violations. Without admitting or denying the findings, Barclays agreed to be censured and must cease and desist from committing or causing any further such violations.

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Hedge Fund Assets Up By $62.6 Billion In 2014

US hedge fund AUM went past the $1.4 trillion mark, with assets growing by $62.6 billion in 2014, new data from independent data provider and research house Eurekahedge shows.

Long/short equity, fixed income and multi-strategy funds retained the top three slots in terms of investor allocations attracting with $55.5 billion, $15.6 billion and $10.1 billion respectively of net asset flows July 2014 year-to-date.

Other highlights include:

Activist hedge fund’s AUM grew by over $30 billion since the start of 2013. However, the population of CTA/managed futures funds shrank by 93 funds in the first half of the year and has witnessed net asset outflows of US$11.5 billion as at July 2014 year-to-date.

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Wedbush Charged BY FINRA For Systemic Market Access Violations,

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on Friday filed a complaint against Los Angeles-based Wedbush Securities Inc. for systemic supervisory and anti-money laundering (AML) violations in connection with providing direct market access and sponsored access to broker-dealers and non-registered market participants.

During the period at issue, Wedbush was one of the securities industry’s largest market access providers, which included overseas high-frequency, high-volume, algorithmic day-trading firms, and made millions of dollars from its market access business.

The complaint alleges that from January 2008 through August 2013, Wedbush failed to dedicate sufficient resources to ensure appropriate risk management controls and supervisory systems and procedures. This enabled its market access customers to flood U.S. exchanges with thousands of potentially manipulative wash trades and other potentially manipulative trades, including manipulative layering and spoofing. Despite its obligations to monitor, review, and detect suspicious and potentially manipulative trades, Wedbush largely relied on its market access customers to self-monitor and self-report such trading without sufficient oversight and controls to detect “red flags.”

FINRA also alleges that despite receiving notice of regulatory and compliance risks associated with its market access business — including published industrywide notices, disciplinary decisions taken against other industry participants and multiple self-regulatory organization inquiries and examinations — Wedbush’s regulatory risk management controls and supervisory procedures were not reasonably designed to manage such risks, and, in fact, created incentives that rewarded Wedbush compliance personnel with compensation based on market access customer trading volume. Additionally, the complaint alleges that the firm failed to establish, maintain and enforce adequate AML policies and procedures, and failed to report suspicious and potentially manipulative transactions.

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SEC Releases Hedge Fund Data From Dodd-Frank PF Filings


The release of an annual
report by the SEC to Congress under the new Dodd-Frank regulatory reform legislation shows the results of the data collected from private funds in 2014.

The SEC has continued to develop the use of Form PF data in its ongoing risk monitoring activities. During the past year, the Commission primarily used Form PF data in examinations of registered investment advisers to private funds. In addition, the Commission utilized Form PF data in its enforcement program regarding private fund advisers. Commission staff also focused its efforts on incorporating Form PF data into the Commission’s risk monitoring activities, issuing additional guidance to filers and working with other federal regulators and international organizations regarding issues relating to private fund advisers.

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HedgeCoVest Named as a Presenter at the National Finovate Fall Conference in New York

HedgeCo Networks, LLC, a preeminent service provider to the hedge fund industry will unveil HedgeCoVest, their new, real time hedge fund replication platform, at the national Finovate conference on September 23-24, 2014 in New York.

Finovate is a conference for innovative startups in the fields of banking and financial technology. Held in New York City, the event offers insight to the future of money and investing, and is an ideal venue to launch a pioneering investment technology like the HedgeCoVest platform.

HedgeCoVest will revolutionize the way institutional and retail clients allocate to hedge fund strategies through its proprietary technology called the Replicazor. The Replicazor will allow clients to replicate the strategies of hedge fund managers in real time and, unlike traditional hedge funds, will allow clients to retain control of investment capital in their brokerage account.

“Finovate is a world-renowned conference for financial and investment technology, and we think it’s a great platform to introduce HedgeCoVest to the public,” says Evan Rapoport, CEO of HedgeCoVest. “Finovate is about disruptive technology solutions, and we believe HedgeCoVest will revolutionize the way investors allocate to hedge funds.”

HedgeCoVest removes the structural barriers of traditional hedge funds by enabling individuals and institutions to tactically allocate to hedge fund strategies historically employed by large institutional investors. As HedgeCoVest clients utilize separately managed accounts for their allocations, they have more security, access, liquidity, and transparency than traditional, commingled hedge fund investments

“We are excited to debut what we believe is one of the most innovative advancements in the fund industry since the ETF. Through the Replicazor, HedgeCoVest eliminates the need for investors to allocate to the fund structure, which reduces the risks that exist inherently in commingled fund vehicles,” says Rapoport.

ABOUT FINOVATE: FinovateFall is a demo-based conference for innovative startups and established companies in the fields of banking and financial technology. The event offers a glimpse of the future of money via a fast-paced, intimate, and unique format.

ABOUT HEDGECO NETWORKS: HedgeCo Networks has built a broad suite of services for the alternative investment industry. Our network includes: HedgeCo, HedgeCo.Net, G&S Fund Services, HedgeCo Securities, HedgeCo Investment Management, Start a Hedge Fund Today, Hedge Fund Calculator, The Primeline, and the HedgeCoVest. For more:www.hedgeconetworks.com.

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Hedge Funds Lose Appeal In Porsche Suit

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Porsche has won a case in the US appeals court put forward by a group of over 30 hedge funds led by Greenlight Capital, Elliott International and Perry Partners, who tried to sue the carmakers for 1.81 billion euros (approximately $2.4 billion), Reuters reports.

The news source said: “The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday [Aug. 15] said Porsche’s alleged wrongdoing was “so predominantly foreign” that it could not be held liable in U.S. federal courts under domestic securities fraud laws. It also said that the hedge funds might still “conceivably” show that U.S. laws should apply, and try to amend their lawsuit in Manhattan federal court.”

Porsche’s headquarters were raided in 2009 during investigations into allegations revolving around the failed takeover of Volkswagen, during which Porsche took large positions in VW stock. Prosecutors allege that inside information was leaked in pursuit of the failed bid. Porsche denied any disclosure irregularities but many hedge funds and investment management firms sued anyway.

German regulator BaFin dropped its initial investigation but re-opened it after claims that the incident was bringing the entire German stock market into disrepute.

A US federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a group of 10 hedge fund in 2011 and a New York State appeals court dismissed a lawsuit brought by hedge funds against Porsche back in January of this year. A total of 24 funds have now withdrawn their appeal of an earlier court decision dismissing the case.

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