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RREEF Sale? Nein!

Deutsche Bank has concluded its exclusive negotiations with Guggenheim Partners over a potential sale of RREEF, its global alternative asset management business.

Upon further review, both parties were unable to agree on terms for the sale of the business and mutually agreed to end exclusive negotiations, according to a statement from DB.

J.P. Morgan Rolls Out Multi Asset Unit

J.P. Morgan Asset Management has launched a multi-asset unit headed by Seth Bernstein, who will oversee the new effort as Global Head of Asset Management Solutions, reporting to Mary Erdoes, CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management, according to an internal memo.

The firm's Global Multi-Asset Group and Institutional Strategy Group from its Investment Management division will be part of the new Asset Management Solutions unit as part of the launch. Also, the Global Access Portfolios group and J.P. Morgan Advisory Program unit from J.P. Morgan's Global Wealth Management division, will also be part of Asset Management Solutions.

P.E. Shop Makes Ultimus Bet

Middle market private equity shop LLR Partners has made an investment in Ultimus Fund Solutions, LLC, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based independent provider of fund accounting, administration, distribution, transfer agent and shareholder services to the mutual fund industry.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Park Sutton Advisors served as the advisor to Ultimus in the deal.


Corporations Will Dump Money Market Funds If...

If money market mutual funds shift to a floating net asset value, impose redemption holdbacks or seek additional reserve capital through fees, corporations say they would stop investing in these vehicles and most likely reduce or fully liquidate their holdings, according to data released by the Association for Financial Professionals.

Preliminary results from the 2012 AFP Liquidity Survey, found that 77% of companies would stop investing if the NAV were allowed to float, with 56% immediately liquidating all or some of their current

New Money Market Regs Could Pinch Issuers

Additional regulation of money-market mutual funds could increase short-term borrowing costs for state and local governments, leading municipalities to raise taxes or cut spending on infrastructure and other critical projects, according to a paper released Monday by a Georgetown University professor.

Shadow Banking is Not in Fidelity's Vocabulary

Shadow banking? Fuggedaboutit!

Fidelity Investments recently sent a letter to the European Commission on its Green Paper on Shadow Banking detailing the Commission's use of the term as "confusing" and "misleading".

Specifically, Fidelity, which said it "has a deep understanding of a number of the activities that the Green Paper classifies as part of the shadow banking system," said the term "shadow banking" should be discontinued in favor of terminology focusing on specific activities such as such as banks transacting with their non-bank counterparties, liquidity and maturity transformation and the provision of credit or transfer of credit risk, and securities lending and funding in the repo markets.


Huntington's Maiden Active ETF Goes Green

Yet another fund firm is throwing its hat into the actively managed exchange-traded fund space.

Today, Huntington Asset Advisors, Inc. revealed that it is launching actively-managed ETFs via its new ETF family, Huntington Strategy Shares.

The Huntington EcoLogical Strategy ETF (NYSE Arca: HECO) is the first of two Huntington Strategy Shares planned to launch. The new offering focuses on ecologically-focused companies and products, which are positioned to take advantage of continuing changes in laws, consumer behavior and business investments. The ETF holds stocks from companies large and small across a widely-diversified set of industries.

State Street Releases Two More SPDRs

State Street Global Advisors last week began trading the SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Crossover Corporate Bond ETF (XOVR) and the SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF (EMCD) began trading on the NYSE Arca.

The SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Crossover Corporate Bond ETF tracks the performance of the BofA Merrill Lynch US Diversified Crossover Corporate Index, which measures the performance of US dollar-denominated BBB and BB corporate debt publicly issued in the US domestic market. Its expense ratio is 30 basis points.

Catalyst Debuts Insider Trading Alt Fund

Now there's an alternative mutual fund for...insider trading?

Yes, that's right. Omaha, Nebraska-based Catalyst Funds has launched what it touts as "the first legal insider trading mutual fund".

The Catalyst Insider Long/Short Fund is looking to take advantage of legal insider trading by betting on stocks experiencing significant insider buying and selling short those that are subject to large clusters of insider selling, according to a press release.


Morningstar Promotes Burns

Morningstar, Inc. last week unveiled several appointments within its fund analyst research team.