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Hedge funds kick off 2012 with average of 2% return – and other hedge fund news - Week 6

Saturday, February 11, 2012

In the week-ending February 10, 2012, it was reported that Sal Naro, former co-managing partner of Sailfish Capital, would launch a new hedge fund firm to be called Coherence Capital Partners; Michael Hintze’s CQS will start a new hedge fund that will trade in mortgage-backed securities; Barclays Capital will launch a global macro onshore fund called Research Analysis Driven Absolute Return in March; Finisterre Capital launched its first emerging market equity fund; Jaimin Rangwalla quit Coatue Management last week to start his own long/short fund before year-end.

Lazard A.M. launched a fund of hedge funds; and Dublin Hill Capital is gearing up for the launch of its flagship hedge fund Dublin Hill Global Macro Fund next quarter.

Thaddeus Capital Management shut down its $300m Asia event-driven hedge fund after losing around 8% last year. The hedge fund industry kicked off 2012 with positive returns as the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index gained +2.63% in January and the Hedge Fund Intelligence Global Composite Index returned +1.27% during the same period; the industry gains reflect a positive outlook for this year as the Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index returned +2.31% and the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index gained +2.51%; the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +1.72%; the Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up 2.26%; the IndexIQ Hedge Global Macro Beta Index went up +2.96%; and the Bloomberg aggregate hedge fund index gained +0.2%

Phil Falcone’s Harbinger Capital lost 47% last year ......................

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