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12 Feb. 2016 Former FCA head joins Duff & Phelps’ compliance and regulatory consulting practice [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Duff & Phelps, today announced the appointment of Nick Bayley as a Managing Director in its Compliance and Regulatory Consultancy Practice in London. Further strengthening the firm’s expertise globally, Nick will lead the wholesale markets practice, with a particular
12 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds demonstrate 'remarkable resilience’ in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds displayed remarkable resilience in January with five out of the 11 strategies in the Lyxor Indices ending the month in positive territory, Lyxor Asset Management reported in its latest Alternative Investmen
12 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds down -2.22% to start the year - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry produced an aggregate return of -2.22% to start the year, according to the latest performance data from eVestment. Declines were posted across both equity and credit strategies, as widespread market volatility hit nearly every geography
11 Feb. 2016 MFSA announcement - Malta launches new investment fund structure [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Malta Financial Services Authority [MFSA] has announced the launch of a new framework applicable for notification of Alternative Investment Funds [the Notified AIFs] which will be promoted to qualifying or professional investors. The AIFs falling within the scope of t
11 Feb. 2016 Pershing Square hedge fund sheds 18.6% in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager William Ackman is not having a good start this 2016. His Pershing Square Holdings declined 18.6% this year on the back of lingering market volatility, reported
11 Feb. 2016 John Paulson rallies investors to look at opportunities in Puerto Rico [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Puerto Rico may be getting a bad rap for defaulting on its credits and the plan of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla to restructure $70 billion in debt, but hedge fund manager John Paulson thinks there are opportunities in the unincorporated U.S. territory. On Thurs
10 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds off to a rough start in 2016, down 0.91% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - January puts a spotlight on Asia as developments in East Asian economies along with a tumbling oil price took centre stage and sent ripples throughout Asia and beyond with the MSCI World Index1 declining 5.71% during the month. Hedge funds also reflected the sluggish situ
09 Feb. 2016 AIMA publishes a new guide to operational risk management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global representative body for alternative asset managers, has today released a new guide to operational risk management for asset management firms. The AIMA Guide to Sound Practices for Operational
09 Feb. 2016 BCA Research and FiscalNote partner to provide legislative research [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BCA Research, a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced it has partnered with FiscalNote to integrate U.S. policy data and analysis onto BCA’s digital platform BCA Edge. The collaboration will enable investors to easily factor in t
09 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds maintain cautious stance on equities, race to the bottom fuels CTAs and global macro [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds maintain a cautious stance on equities in the week ending Feb. 02 as the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was slightly up 0.3% in January (-1.0% YTD), Lyxor Asset Management said in its Weekly Briefing. Philippe
08 Feb. 2016 Trend-following, quant macro hedge funds post gains in January [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The broad-based HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index posted a decline of -1.7% for last month as hedge funds generated posted mixed performance to begin 2016 wh
05 Feb. 2016 Semper Hired by New York State to manage $250 Million of Common Retirement Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Semper Capital Management, a privately-owned New York based boutique fixed-income investment manager, has been awarded a $250 million mandate for New York State’s largest pension fund. The New York State Common Retirement Fund is hiring Semper Capital to manage
05 Feb. 2016 Stock-focused hedge fund Standard Pacific to shut down [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Doug Dillard and Raj Venkatesan have announced they are shutting down their stock-focused hedge fund firm Standard Pacific Capital as a result of declining profits, reported
04 Feb. 2016 Irish Funds recommends range of key measures for the European Commission’s Capital Markets Union [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Irish Funds, the representative body for the cross-border investment funds industry in Ireland, has responded to the European Commission’s ‘call for evidence’ for the EU regulatory framework for financial services, as part of the Action Plan for Capital Markets Union.
04 Feb. 2016 First Names Group appoints Head of Asia [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - First Names Group is delighted to announce it has appointed Jean Pierre (JP) Koolmees as Head of its Asian operations. This key hire marks a significant milestone for the business, as it looks to build its presence throughout Asia. The appointment is effective immediately
04 Feb. 2016 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index down -2.58% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets posted sharp losses in January led by declines in Oil and global equities, though steep intra-month losses in both were narrowed by strong gains in final trading days of the month. Global equities posted steep declines for the month led by Biotech
03 Feb. 2016 As much as 15% of UCITS funds could be closet indexers - ESMA [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The European Securities and Markets Authority has put out a new statement alleging that as much as 15 percent of the UCITS industry are made up of funds that are essentially closet indexers. This means that investors could be paying active management fees for a
03 Feb. 2016 Computer-driven hedge funds make money during January’s selloff [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Commodity trading advisers (CTAs) that use computer programs to guide how they trade, made millions of dollars during last month’s market selloff on the back of declining oil prices and global equities and big moves in currencies. Data provider
02 Feb. 2016 Neil Tofts launches the Mygale Event Driven UCITS Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - ML Capital have launched of the Mygale Event Driven UCITS Fund, a European focused event driven equity strategy hosted on the MontLake UCITS Platform. MontLake is a leading
02 Feb. 2016 42 of the most important global stocks can’t produce alpha for hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new report by Morgan Stanley claims that some of the world’s largest hedge funds can’t make money from 42 of the most important stocks in the world in the S&P 500, reported
02 Feb. 2016 Hedge funds shed some but still outperform markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: January started the year with a brutal decline in the markets but a recent rebound in risk assets fuelled event driven managers and pared hedge fund losses which the strategy registered earlier last month, Lyxor Asset Mana
01 Feb. 2016 Preqin: hedge funds grow in 2015 despite concerns about performance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s 2016 Global Hedge Fund Report finds that 2015 was another challenging year for the industry, during which the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark recorded gains of 2.02%, compared with 4.65% in 2014. Despite this, total industry AUM increased by $178bn to
01 Feb. 2016 AIMA calls for regulatory reforms to support nonbank lending [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Commission must prioritise non-bank finance and deeper capital markets as part of its regulatory review, according to the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA). AIMA made the comments in its response to the European Commission’s C
01 Feb. 2016 Currency hedge funds fell in December but still on the black last year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency hedge funds declined in December but still posted positive performance in 2015 according to Parker Global. The Parker FX Index reported a -0.51% return last month but ended the year up +1.41%. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.23% in December.
29 Jan. 2016 Legends Fund adds VR Global as new Legend [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Theta Capital Management, the largest independent hedge fund specialist in the Netherlands, has added VR Global Offshore Fund Ltd. to its flagship Legends Fund. VR Global is run by Richard Deitz, supported by a team of nearly 40 people and offices in London, New York, M
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