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Review of hedge fund launches, closures, trends, regulatory, and legal events - week 12

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A roundup of the week’s hedge fund launches, closures, index performance, trends, regulatory, legal, and financial events pertaining to the alternative investments industry.

Last week, we heard of fund launches from Odey Asset Management (global macro UCITS III), Astra Investimentos (agriculture), Arqaam Capital Asset Management (MENA-focused long only), Brinker Capital (global macro separately managed accounts), Quant AM (global equities), and Putnam Investments (three absolute return funds). We also found out that Swiss & Global Asset Management will launch a single manager fund in partnership with Swiss Hedge Capital, Thames River Capital will launch an emerging markets long/short hedge fund, Ex Dresdner traders Mathias Piardon and Frederic Levy are preparing to launch a $40m Asia-focused fund, Lyxor will roll out a managed futures fund available to retail investors in Hong Kong, TT International has launched a fund (European long/short equities), and Heartwood has launched an investment management division after the firm raised assets of GBP 1.3bn.

And we heard about re-launches from both ex-Artradis co-founder Stephen Diggle (Asia long volatility) as well as from 36 South Capital Advisors which will look for repeat success with a re-launch of the firm’s Black Swan Fund.

Most Edhec indices positive in February, best performer CTA (1.72%, 1.1%YTD), worst Short Selling (-3.22%, -4%YTD); The Lyster Watson hedge fund indices perform positive across almost all strategies, best performer L/S Equity North America (+2.88%, 3.69% YTD); the HFN China Index down -1.00% in February (-1.88% YTD); the Greenwich Investable Hedge Fund Index up 0.99% in February, (+1.58% YTD); and UCITS Alternative Indices from Alix Capital now available on PerTrac.

Aite Group says hedge fund assets swell to $1.92trn in 201......................

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