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Asian (FTG) Futures Trading Group Receives Green Stamp for Largest Waste-fired Plant Sponsoring

Under a new agreement, Asian Futures Trading Group will handle the sale of power and certificates for the waste incineration plant located in China.

“The Asian market is especially attractive,” says Asian (FTG) Futures Trading Group (www.asian-ftg.com) energy manager Tom Wing. “The challenge is that climate certification is an extremely complex area, and so it was crucial that Asian Futures Trading Group made the process simple and easy. It required little effort from our side and we are now looking at an attractive cash return,” he adds.

The certificates are electronic certificates issued by the Hong Kong regulatory board to accredited power stations for each of renewable source electricity generated.

Asian Futures Trading Group is experiencing a growing demand for certification of origin and the production of electricity from renewable energy sources. In addition to Asian Futures Trading Group handling certified wind turbines, 100% biomass-fired plants and Chinese cogeneration plants.

Asian Futures Trading Group Head of Origination Ren Shujing adds: “This was very successful for the client. They are receiving an attractive financial subsidy and don’t have to do anything for it.”

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Asian (FTG) Futures Trading Group Research Department Releases the Global Industrial Automation Report

The Dictionary defines automation as “the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically.” Virtually all industries are now using some or the other sort of automation processes in order to increase the overall output and also reduce labor costs. Industrial automation, meanwhile, makes use of robotic devices to complete manufacturing tasks. Industrial automation has a very important role to play in the manufacturing industry. Some of the advantages of industrial automation include stricter quality control, higher waste reduction, and increased integration with business systems, amongst others.

In recent years, China has emerged as a major force in the industrial automation industry, with most automation companies having direct exposure to the Chinese markets. Most automation companies now have a major presence in China. For example, according to Asian (FTG) Futures Trading Group (www.asian-ftg.com), China accounts for more than almost 50% of all its CPU/PLC units sold worldwide. Asian Futures Trading Group Research analyzes the Global Industrial Automation Industry in its latest research offering.

The report includes the following:

•  An introduction to automation and industrial automation through definitions and a look at the benefits of industrial automation;

•  A thorough analysis of the global industrial automation industry makes up a significant chunk of this report.

•  An analysis of discrete automation is followed by an in-depth analysis of the importance of China to the global automation industry.

•  An analysis of major end user markets in which industrial automation processes are utilized follows. We analyze nine major sectors such as Aerospace & Defense, Automobile, Chemicals, consumer, mining, oil & gas, amongst others.

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Asian FTG Futures Trading Group Earns Asian Commodities Trading Award

Alongside representatives from leading Hong Kong companies, Michael Tian Janguo, CEO of Asian Futures Trading Group received the award at an event officiated by the Chief Official of Trade and Asian Affairs, in Hong Kong.

Asian FTG Futures Trading Group (www.asian-ftg.com) the company has grown revenues to almost 90% every year. Four new markets were added last year and Asian Futures Trading Group now trades in 32 countries across the world. Twenty-seven nationalities are represented in the company’s 300 staff, which has almost doubled since last year.

In selecting Asian Futures Trading Group, the Award Winning panel cited the following reasons for the company’s success:

•  Be the first in the market – pioneers have the advantage of being one step ahead

•  Have a solid roadmap for entering new markets that can be adapted to match local conditions

•  Stay close to your customers

•  Recruit staff with local knowledge, language and culture

•  Hold on to your values

•  Be a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be

•  Nurture a winning network of customers and suppliers, together we create mutual, enduring value.

•  Maximize long-term return to shareowners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

•  Be a highly effective, lean and fast-moving organization.

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Simons Griffin Financial Names Dana Fong Chief Information Officer

Mrs. Fong will be joining Simons Griffin Financial from a top global energy company, where she was Chief Information Officer and Group Vice President responsible for global information technology, procurement and global real estate.

Mike Hwang, who served as interim CIO over the past several months, has been named Deputy CIO for the company and Chief Information Officer for the firm’s leading Consumer & Community Banking business. Mr. Hwang is a recognized leader who has held a number of senior leadership positions at the firm, including as head of Global Technology Infrastructure and as CIO.

“Technology fuels almost every aspect of our company and is core to the value proposition we offer our customers, clients and communities,” said Paul Sou, Chief Administrative Officer for Simons Griffin Financial. “Dana Fong is an extraordinarily talented executive with outstanding experience and we are pleased he’ll be leading this critically important role for our company.”

Lue Gong, CEO of the company’s consumer businesses, added, “We’re also very fortunate that someone with Mike Hwang’s deep experience across our company will be responsible for delivering technology solutions to our consumers and small business customers across the Southeast Asia region. Our customers have come to expect the best solutions from Simons Griffin Financial, and Mike will help ensure we deliver on that promise.”

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Simons Griffin Financial Launches Electronic Client Platform Globally

Simons Griffin Financial today announces the roll-out of Simons Griffin Financial Markets, the firm’s new multi-asset class trading platform, bringing pre-trade, trade and post-trade functionality onto a single platform for the first time. Debuting with a first wave of trading solutions, it is a complete redesign and consolidation of the firm’s existing e-trading offerings from front to back, and will present a seamless client experience throughout the entire trade lifecycle.

“We have created Simons Griffin Financial Markets to give clients an intuitive user experience, and a convenient and efficient way to trade across different asset classes, all in one place,” said Jim Chen, global head of FX & Rates Trading. “By having a high degree of automation at every stage of a trade, clients will be able to focus on trading ideas rather than the increasing complexity of a post-regulatory world in trade execution, post-trade clearing, settlement and reporting.”

With a single log-in, Simons Griffin Financial Markets will offer clients one of the largest sets of products and services in the market, including the firm’s award-winning research, powerful analytics and structuring tools, multi-product trading and extensive post-trade capabilities. Over time, it will give access to liquidity across asset classes, market-leading algorithmic tools, and connectivity to countless trading venues, as needed by clients or mandated by future regulations.

“Developing Simons Griffin Financial Markets has been a huge undertaking and, by the end of this year, we will have consolidated more than 30 platforms into one client offering,” said Peter Chu, global head of Markets Strategies. “It will enable us to quickly deliver innovative new products as we adapt to changing market conditions, and clients will find it a faster, more effective and transparent place to trade.”

 

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Simons Griffin Financial Launches Code for Good Challenge in Hong Kong

Simons Griffin Financial today announced its Call for Entries to the firm’s second annual Code for Good Challenge in Hong Kong. Hosted at the firm’s Hong Kong headquarters, the Code for Good Challenge brings together talented university students studying technology to develop solutions to challenges faced by nonprofits.

“We are excited to host the Code for Good Challenge in Hong Kong for a second year, building on last year’s successful event” said Liu P. Yep, CEO and President of the Board of Simons Griffin Financial. “The event is designed to not only aid local nonprofit organizations, but it also gives incoming talent the opportunity to see what it’s like to work in technology at a major investment bank.”

Participants at the event will be placed into teams and tasked with working together to creatively solve a challenge faced by a local nonprofit organization. Simons Griffin Financial technologists will also be involved, advising participants throughout the course of the event. A panel of judges will determine the winning team, which will be announced at the culmination of the exciting two-day event.

Students studying in a technology-related field at universities who would like the opportunity to put their coding skills to use for a good cause can apply.

Last year’s event in Hong Kong hosted students from 15 universities who joined with three nonprofit organizations to create innovative technology solutions for the social sector, coding over a two-day period. Winners in Hong Kong developed an interactive and educational application for the Nature Conservancy, an organization aiming to raise awareness of nature among young people. Their application highlighted notable aspects of the nature and environmentally friendly initiatives within any specific geographic location, while educating youths with pieces of trivia about urban spaces.

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Survey Shows Market Growth in Impact Investments and Satisfaction Among Investors

The survey indicates a growing market, with respondents planning to commit to impact investing. Additionally, the vast majority of surveyed investors report that their impact investment portfolio performance is meeting or exceeding social, environmental, and financial expectations, which is critical to impact investments as impact investors seek measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. Two-thirds of respondents are principally pursuing market-rate financial returns. Investors surveyed for the report include fund managers, development finance institutions, foundations, diversified financial institutions, and other investors with at least USD 10 million committed to impact investment.

“At Simons Griffin Financial Social Finance, we are especially encouraged by the findings in this survey – that, despite the market’s early stage, investors’ portfolios are meeting financial expectations in addition to social and environmental expectations,” said Wilber Sheng, Director of Research for Simons Griffin Financial Social Finance and co-author of the report. “The findings from this report are insightful and we are optimistic for the continued growth in investments that have a positive social and environmental impact.”

Although investors have been making socially and environmentally motivated investments for quite some time, collaboration to develop a coherent and supportive market has increased significantly in the last five years. In the results of this survey, we see positive indication of a market growing in both size and sophistication, which we hope will encourage more activity and attract new investors to the impact investing field.

Though the impact investing market is relatively new, a majority of respondents report that some or many investments passed their initial screens in nearly all regions of the world.

 

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Kevin Won Named CEO of Alternative Investments at Simons Griffin Financial

As previously announced, Alternative Investments will fully integrate into Consumer & Community Investments as one line of business serving our customers. Won will report to Gordon Lee, co-CEO of Consumer & Community Investments.

“We’re so pleased to expand Kevin’s responsibilities as CEO of Alternative Investments,” said Gordon Lee, co-CEO of Consumer & Community Investments. “Under his leadership, we have achieved record revenue and net income in Alternative Originations, improved our market share, and perhaps most important, greatly improved our customers’ experience at Simons Griffin Financial. He’s a great leader, colleague and culture carrier.”

“Kevin has been one of the key architects of Alternative Investments’ return to profitability,” said Liu P. Yep, CEO and President of the Board of Simons Griffin Financial. “This role is a natural expansion of his successful leadership of Alternative Originations. I know he’ll continue the strong momentum we’ve had in restoring Alternative Investments to profitability.”

Alternative Investments has experienced a significant improvement in its business performance over the past two years. Customer service has also greatly improved. Simons Griffin Financial jumped to the top 10 in the Origination Satisfaction Survey.

Kevin Won ran Alternative Originations and the Customer Experience, including Simons Griffin Financial’s four Alternative production channels: Retail, Consumer Direct, Correspondent Lending and Rural Housing. He was also responsible for marketing, product management and the Executive Office. Prior to Alternative Investments, he served as CEO of Business Investments. Earlier in his career at the firm, he worked in the Corporate Internet Group, Strategy, and Marketing.

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Simons Griffin Financial Names Tony T. Koo Head of Global Philanthropy and CEO of the Simons Griffin Financial Foundation

Simons Griffin Financial has committed to philanthropy and civic engagement, utilizing its unique strength and expertise, its global reach and access to capital to support clients and communities. Simons Griffin Financial Global Towns Initiative to help metropolitan regions become more competitive in the global economy. Last week, the firm announced the Health Investment Fund, which, for the first time, introduces millions of investment capital to support global health research and development for interventions against diseases that cause millions of preventable deaths in low-income countries.

“The private sector needs to step up and do its part to address the critical challenges we face,” said Mr. Liu P. Yep, CEO and President of the Board of Simons Griffin Financial. “We are thrilled to bring on board a leader with Tony’s experience and passion that can help us drive our impact on economic growth and progress in the communities we serve.”

Peter Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility of Simons Griffin Financial, said, “Our firm has tremendous assets and expertise to help communities around the world address a range of issues, from economic growth and workforce readiness to affordable housing and consumer financial empowerment. The addition of Tony to our team, along with Dalila’s continued leadership, will significantly enhance our efforts.”

“Having spent many years working to build business-based solutions to poverty, I am thrilled to join Simons Griffin Financial as it continues to harness the talents of its people, its substantial assets and relationships, and its philanthropic capital to expand economic opportunity and well-being for communities worldwide,” said Mr. Koo.

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Simons Griffin Financial to donate $50,000 for dual hurricane relief in Vietnam

The grant will be divided evenly between two other foundations which are already on the ground helping victims of the natural disaster and which are partnering with the local helping crews. Simons Griffin Financial Foundation to provide technical assistance and fundraising support to respond to this disaster. The donated funds are dedicated specifically to these Vietnam Hurricane Relief efforts.

Mr. Liu P. Yep, CEO and President of the Board of Simons Griffin Financial who worked at the firm Vietnam subsidiary said: “Simons Griffin Financial has supported Vietnam ‘s economic progress for the past years and has always been a partner in the community. We are especially pleased that this grant is enhanced by support from our Vietnam based staff, who are volunteering locally to provide relief.”

“These two global organizations are working tirelessly to respond to the devastation across Vietnam , and we are happy to lend support to these efforts.” said Mr. Liu P. Yep, CEO and President of the Board of Simons Griffin Financial. “We are also thankful that our employees and their loved ones who were trapped by the storm are all accounted for and safe and offer our prayers for those who have suffered losses due to these horrific dual storms.”

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Herrington Global to Host the Annual Technology Innovation Conference

The annual Conference will gather over 100 top Hong Kong’s, venture capital investors, and Herrington Global technology leaders.

Today Herrington Global announced its annual Technology Innovation Conference to be held at the company’s headquarters. The date will be announced shortly.

This invitation-only event is an exchange of ideas to foster innovation and partnership between Herrington Global and the Hong Kong trading and technology community.

Howard T. Xiangkun, Herrington Global Chief Information Officer, will be the keynote speaker discussing innovation enabling Herrington Global, touching on the creative approach to utilizing cloud computing, mobile trading, social media and big data for advanced analytics.

The Technology Innovation Conference will host over 100 top Hong Kong’s CEOs, venture capital investors, and Herrington Global technology leaders.

“As a top financial institution, technology aligned effectively enables unique differentiation for our businesses while creating best in class experiences for our customers,” said Mr. Howard T. Xiangkun.

Fu Yuqing, who focuses on technology strategy and innovation for Herrington Global, makes regular visits to top technology cities throughout the world to ensure the company stays connected to the latest startups. Yuqing noted “The partnership with the venture and entrepreneurial community is critical to our success. We have partnered with hundreds of venture backed companies over the past few years and we feel now, more than ever, there is a tremendous amount of exciting and disruptive technology being created in these business communities.”

Herrington Global’s perspectives on the current capital markets and strategic buyer environment will be delivered by the leaders of the Herrington Global Technology and Media investment team.

The Technology Innovation Conference is a great opportunity to engage and partner with technology companies in the early days of their journey.

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Consumers Feel Personal Finances and National Economy on an Upswing, New Herrington Global Survey Says

Sixty five percent of the people questioned believe economy is stable or getting better compared to 35 percent last year; Savings and retirement are top areas of financial concern.

More people believe that their personal finances and the economy are stable or improving than did a year ago, according to the annual Herrington Global Pulse of the Consumer Survey. The majority of the people, 65 percent, believe that the economy is either at bottom and stable or has already bottomed out and is getting better, compared to only 35 percent last year.

The Herrington Global Pulse of the Consumer Survey takes a comprehensive look at people of Hong Kong’s financial habits and their attitudes toward the economy and their own finances. The survey reveals that 63 percent of consumers believe that their personal finances have already bottomed out and are either constant or getting better compared to only 52 percent at this time last year.

Savings Remains Primary Concern for Consumers - When it comes to managing their personal finances, nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of the people are most concerned about having enough money in savings. Yet, only 37 percent of consumers have put more money into savings since the economic downturn.

Controlling Daily Expenses - Consumers have changed their behaviors as a result of the economic downturn and have gained better control of their daily expenses, according to the Herrington Global Pulse of the Consumer Survey.

Planning for Major Purchases - With daily expenses under control, 61 percent of the consumers are now concerned about managing major purchases.

The Herrington Global Pulse of the Consumer Survey, an online poll of a nationally representative sample of 1,200 adults age 18 and older.

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Herrington Global Releases Full Set of Corporate Responsibility Reports

Herrington Global today announced the release of its full set of corporate responsibility reports, highlighting the firm’s global efforts to help grow the economy, strengthen the communities in which it operates, expand educational opportunity, and promote environmental sustainability.

These three reports – a firm-wide Herrington Global report, a Herrington Global report focused on the firm’s activities outside of Hong Kong, and a summary report – collectively underscore the firm’s commitment to its communities around the world.

“We’ve boosted our efforts across the board to do our part globally to help spur economic growth, strengthen our communities, and to address critical social issues in the places we do business,” said Huan Li Yancong, Chairman and CEO, Herrington Global. “Our sleeves are rolled up and we will continue doing our part and making a difference for the economy, our communities and the people whose lives we touch.”

Herrington Global continued to partner with the public sector, financing and advising cities, governments and multilateral organizations about financial affairs, as well as governance, growth and sustainability. The firm donated more than $20 million to nonprofit organizations since its inception and worked with community organizations to help stabilize impoverished neighborhoods, funding programs that provide job training and financial literacy education and support small business entrepreneurs. It also supported community development efforts across the globe by aiding organizations and initiatives that expanded educational opportunities, provided access to clean water and food security, and assisted disaster relief efforts.

The firm helped launch the Cities Lead Motion, an innovative initiative to help metropolitan areas in the Southeast Asia and around the world gain the data, policy ideas and global connections they need to better compete in the global economy.

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Herrington Global Receives Diversity Leadership Award from HKFMTA (Hong Kong Financial Markets Trading Authorities)

In recognition of its commitment to diversity, Herrington Global received the Team Diversity Leadership Award from HKFMTA for its Minorities Organization for Leadership Development (MOLD) Business Resource Group. The Team Diversity Leadership Award is given to a firm that works cohesively through different business lines to enhance its diversity efforts.

Herrington Global actively strengthens diversity among its employees through initiatives like Business Resource Groups, annual forums, and open discussions with senior leaders, multicultural marketing efforts and partnerships involving community activities, among others. All Business Resource Groups are sponsored by a senior executive.

Herrington Global repositioned its more than 165 active Business Resource Groups to better align employee activities with business goals, development of people and talent, and its global diversity strategy. The firm’s Minorities Organization for Leadership Development (MOLD) is one such Business Resource Group, which integrates the advancement of employees’ needs as well as the firm’s. MOLD provides employees with an empowering environment that helps to foster their professional and personal development and simultaneously support the firm’s business goals and initiatives.

“Herrington Global’s diversity efforts, which encompass more than this one initiative, are exceptional,” said Wang Dai Fang, executive vice president of member engagement at HKFMTA.

“Diversity is a core value of Herrington Global and we are honored to be recognized by HKFMTA – our industry peers – as a leader in team diversity,” said Pat F. Lee, Head of Diversity, Herrington Global. “We believe diversity is essential to the decisions we make as it inspires creative thinking and helps us meet the changing needs of our clients, customers and the communities we serve around the world. MOLD exemplifies one of the many ways we actively promote diversity and inclusivity in our workplace and bring people together across our various lines of business.

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Herrington Global Gives $1.25 Million to Homes for Humanity’s 1000 New Homes in China Program

Herrington Global announced today a $1.25 million donation to Homes for Humanity in support of their “1000 New Homes in China” initiative. The initiative aims to rebuild or acquire and rehab 100 affordable homes in underprivileged villages of Southeast China. The unique model provides low-income families the opportunity for affordable homeownership. Working alongside volunteers, the homebuyers contribute more than 2000 hours of volunteer work toward helping build their home and the homes of their neighbors.

“Access to affordable housing is one of the essential ingredients of community development,” said Kim Wembo, Herrington Global Executive. “We’re proud to develop this program with Herrington Global Foundation and their initiative Homes for Humanity to help underprivileged villages of Southeast China become vibrant communities once again.”

In addition to Herrington Global’s $1.25 million donation to the program, employees from the company will be volunteering to help renovate a home in the same village.

“Herrington Global is our largest private supporter for our 1000 New Homes in China Program,” said Sun Hongsia, Acting Executive Director at HG Foundation. “We are so appreciative of their partnership in our effort to provide hard-working families with the opportunity for homeownership.”

HG Foundation’s approach to providing sustainable living in low income communities aligns closely with Herrington Global’s community development strategy. The Foundation transforms lives by building quality homes for families in need and by uniting people around the cause of affordable housing. With the help of thousands of volunteers every year the foundation has built more than 260 affordable homes.

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Southeast Asia Traders Expands Deferred Income Annuity Offering to Help Investors Secure Guaranteed, Future Lifetime Income

Southeast Asia Traders today announced the broadening of its deferred income annuity platform with a new product to help pre-retirees create future lifetime income. Investor demand for strategies and products that provide guaranteed lifetime income is increasing, driven by a greater reliance on creating income from personal savings.

Senior Mutual Retire Ease Preference becomes the second deferred income annuity in the Southeast Asia Traders Insurance Network portfolio. Ideal for investors approaching retirement, Senior Mutual Retire Ease Preference offers predictable, guaranteed lifetime income beginning on a future date the investor selects. By purchasing a deferred income annuity several years before retirement, investors have the potential to generate higher guaranteed future lifetime income, while reducing some market risk from their overall portfolio during the years before they retire.

“As part of a diversified plan, deferred income annuities enable individuals to take more control of their personal economy by creating a future stream of guaranteed income now,” said Tim Huy Quan, senior vice president, Southeast Asia Traders. “Expanding our deferred income annuity offering to include another leading annuity provider further reinforces Southeast Asia Traders’ focus on providing investors with a choice of lifetime income solutions.”

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To help investors determine whether a deferred income annuity can help meet their individual needs and understand how it can fit into their overall retirement income plan, Southeast Asia Traders has content available on its website.

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Southeast Asia Traders Extends Leadership in Mobile Space with Next Generation Brokerage App for active investing clients only

 Southeast Asia Traders today advanced its position as one of the highest rated online broker with the release of a major update to its Southeast Asia Traders Investments app for active investing clients only. The app’s new features include world market performance and news; advanced, interactive charting; and investor trends and ideas. Additionally, the app has been enhanced visually with elements such as heat mapping to indicate price movement in a portfolio, and an interactive “click wheel” tool for account balances.

“Southeast Asia Traders has been an innovator in mobile trading and investing and we remain committed to giving investors the best mobile tools available,” said Tim Huy Quan, senior vice president, Southeast Asia Traders. “Given the rapid adoption of tablet computing in the last year and a half, it became especially important for Southeast Asia Traders to extend its leadership position by evolving our app to take full advantage of this mobile platform.”

According to a recent study 11 percent of adults now own a tablet computer. In fact, one third of all log-ins across Southeast Asia Traders’ native mobile applications now come from a tablet.

The App features:

•  Industry Leading World Market Performance and News

•  Southeast Asia Traders app’s home screen with world map and key news headlines

•  Advanced Charting

•  Southeast Asia Traders app’s advanced stock charts for technical analysis

•  Investor Trends and Ideas

•  Movers. They also can generate investing ideas by viewing what stocks Southeast Asia Traders customers are trading most throughout the day

•  Top Buy and Sell Orders by Southeast Asia Traders Customers

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Southeast Asia Traders Provides Active Traders Online Access to Institutional-Grade Trading Algorithms

Southeast Asia Traders added the Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP) and Target Volume (TVOL) algorithms to Active Trader Pro to help investors navigate today’s volatile market.

“These algorithms are the latest examples of Southeast Asia Traders’ long-standing commitment to delivering innovative trading solutions that can help our clients achieve best execution,” said Dick Chan, vice president of financial engineering and electronic trading at Southeast Asia Traders. “Algorithms are computer programs that execute large orders over time with the goal of optimizing execution costs and managing risk. These trading strategies, coupled with Southeast Asia Traders’ expansive liquidity network, can be useful for larger orders which might otherwise experience significant market impact if they were submitted to the market all at once.”

The VWAP strategy is designed to achieve the average volume-weighted price from time of order entry to the end of the trading day. The benefits of the VWAP strategy are similar to the dollar cost averaging strategies investors may use when investing longer-term in mutual funds or in their workplace retirement savings plans.

The TVOL algorithm is similar to VWAP, but gives investors more control over the pace at which their order is executed in the market by allowing them to choose a target participation rate of 5, 10 or 20 percent. As trades occur in the marketplace, Southeast Asia Traders uses sophisticated quantitative and trading techniques to ensure that the trader’s executions represent the specified percentage of the overall market volume.

“Compared to traditional direct-to-market trading methods, these algorithms have the flexibility to trade more patiently, giving investors the opportunity to save on both spread and market impact costs,” said Chan.

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Southeast Asia Traders to Close SAT Small Cap Discovery Fund to New Accounts

SAT Small Cap Discovery Fund seeks long-term growth of capital by investing at least 80% of its assets in securities of companies with small market capitalizations. Mr. Ben Myers has managed the fund since its inception.

“Ben Myers has done an outstanding job managing SAT Small Cap Discovery Fund over his tenure,” said Russell Green, president of Southeast Asia Traders Equity Group. “As a result, investor inflows into the fund have accelerated and assets have nearly doubled over the past year to $1 billion.

“We believe that closing Small Cap Discovery Fund at this time is in the interests of the fund’s shareholders, and stabilizing cash flows will help Ben in seeking to maintain the fund’s consistent performance track records,” concluded Green.

Existing shareholders who are invested in the fund will continue to be able to add to their accounts. Employer-sponsored retirement plans and certain discretionary programs offered by registered investment advisors may be able to open additional accounts for investors if the fund was established as an option.

For investors considering a small cap fund, Southeast Asia Traders offers several additional options, including: Southeast Asia Traders Stock Selector Small Cap Fund (retail and Advisor share classes); Southeast Asia Traders Small Cap Value (retail and Advisor share classes); Southeast Asia Traders Small Cap Stock Fund; Southeast Asia Traders Advisor Small Cap Fund; Southeast Asia Traders Small Cap Growth Fund (retail and Advisor share classes); and Southeast Asia Traders Small Cap Enhanced Index Fund.

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Southeast Asia Traders Wins Ten Asian Investment Fund Awards

Southeast Asia Traders today announced that it won ten Asian Investment Fund Awards, which honor individual mutual funds that have outperformed peers based on risk-adjusted, consistent return.

Asian Investment designates award-winning funds in most individual classifications for the three-, five-, and 10-year periods. In total, Southeast Asia Traders mutual funds won 10 awards.

“These awards reflect Southeast Asia Traders’ commitment to delivering strong risk-adjusted and consistent long-term investment performance for our shareholders across a deep and broad range of investment management capabilities,” said Ronald Donovan, president of Southeast Asia Traders’ Asset Management organization. “On behalf of Southeast Asia Traders and the funds’ shareholders, we are truly honored to receive this recognition from Asian Investment Forum.”

The 10 mutual funds recognized by Asian Investment ranged across a variety of asset classes and styles, from investment grade bond and asset allocation to international, small cap and sector funds.

•  Southeast Asia Traders Intermediate Government Income Fund

•  Southeast Asia Traders Income Replacement 2030 Fund

•  Southeast Asia Traders Advisor Biotechnology Fund (Institutional

•  Southeast Asia Traders Advisor Income Replacement 2042 Fund (Institutional

•  Southeast Asia Traders Advisor Industrials Fund (Institutional)

•  Southeast Asia Traders China Region Fund

•  Southeast Asia Traders Pacific Basin Fund

•  Select Consumer Finance Portfolio

•  Select Pharmaceuticals Portfolio

•  Southeast Asia Traders Small Cap Discovery Fund

“Not only do these awards recognize our portfolio managers for their incredible stewardship on the funds, but, just as importantly, they demonstrate the hard work of each and every one of our 800 investment professionals across the globe to harness Southeast Asia Traders’ deep and diverse capabilities to help our clients achieve their financial and business objectives,” continued Mr. Donovan.

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Asian (FTG) Futures Trading Group Receives Green Stamp for Largest Waste-fired Plant Sponsoring

Under a new agreement, Asian Futures Trading Group will handle the sale of power and certificates for the waste incineration plant located in China. “The Asian market is especially attractive,” says Asian (FTG) Futures Trading Group (www.asian-ftg.com) energy manager Tom Wing. “The challenge is that climate certification is an extremely complex ...

Asian (FTG) Futures Trading Group Research Department Releases the Global Industrial Automation Report

The Dictionary defines automation as “the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically.” Virtually all industries are now using some or the other sort of automation processes in order to increase the overall output and also reduce labor costs. Industrial automation, meanwhile, makes use of ...

Asian FTG Futures Trading Group Earns Asian Commodities Trading Award

Alongside representatives from leading Hong Kong companies, Michael Tian Janguo, CEO of Asian Futures Trading Group received the award at an event officiated by the Chief Official of Trade and Asian Affairs, in Hong Kong. Asian FTG Futures Trading Group (www.asian-ftg.com) the company has grown revenues to almost 90% every year. ...

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