It has been suggested that a difficult period for the UK, and for the rest of Europe, could be set to follow the elections that will be take place over the coming months. A lively debate, hosted by SuMi TRUST and moderated by Charles Bathurst, adviser to the Board of SuMi TRUST Global Asset Services, took place to mark the relaunch of the Hedge Fund Association (HFA) in the UK, and the points raised have painted a worrying post-elections picture. 
The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect initiative enabling international investors to trade in onshore Chinese equities is likely to see a surge in fund manager interest once regulators fix some of the issues surrounding securities ownership and trade settlements, according to HSBC Securities Services.
The European regulator, ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority), has so far deemed the rules and their regulatory outcome around central clearing to be equivalent to its own standards in Japan, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong, with the frameworks in Canada, Mexico and India expected to follow shortly. The big name missing from this list is the US.

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) Martin Wheatley has highlighted the organisation’s responsibility to protect pension savers ahead of the new pension freedoms in April.

Thomas Murray IDS, the global asset servicing advisory, benchmarking and monitoring provider, today announced the appointment of Brian Keogh and Adam Zani to represent Thomas Murray IDS Australia & New Zealand.