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Many Call to Eliminate Capital Gains Taxes in the U.S., Holders of Greek Debt Try to Avoid Total Loss - and Other Hedge Fund News, Week 4

Sunday, January 29, 2012

In the week-ending 27th January, 2012, it was reported that several high profile hedge fund managers are rushing to launch their own funds this year; that distressed debt investor Avenue Capital had raised $2bn for the launch of its second Europe-focused fund; advisory and FoHFs manager Hermes BPK Partners launched a $275m managed futures fund called Alpha Vault; Eric Sprott is to roll out mutual and hedge funds that invest in core Canadian stocks; UK-based emerging markets equity hedge fund Javelin Capital launched a UCITS version of its fund via a SICAV platform; Betsy Battle's Lone Peak Partners Management launched a $100m hedge fund; Philippe Gougenheim wants to raise more than $50m for the launch of the Glasnost hedge fund; and Davie Tepper is backing his former protégé Jeff Lignelli for the launch of his own fund, Incline Global.

Activist hedge fund MMI Investment is winding down after liquidating its portfolio.

The Barclay CTA Index was up +0.14% in December, (down -3.05% in 2011); The EDHEC Convertible Arbitrage was up +0.29% (-0.7% in 2011); The Emanagers Total Index was up +0.12% (-1.83% in 2011), emerging managers outperformed again In 2011; The Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Performance Index ended 2011 down -3.8%; The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index finished Q4 +0.71% (-2.52% in 2011). And the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained 1.18% so far in January;

More than two-thirds of hedge funds are below their high-water marks, said Credit Suisse; a new quantitative research by Opalesque showed that emerging managers in hedge funds regularly break with conventional wisdom about performance; the Abaco Financials market neutral f......................

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