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22 Aug. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 34: Institutions – Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives, CalPERS' real estate consultant cautions the pension fund's investment committee, Why Sunsuper likes hedge funds [more]

Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and infrastructure portfolios at a meeting Tuesday at the Austin headquarters of the $26...

15 Aug. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 33: Investing – Hedge funds boost bad-loan prices as U.S. sales increase, Hedge funds hit by RMBS margin calls, Lansdowne takes a stake in luxury online retailer Achica, Using the wisdom of the crowd to democratize markets [more]

Hedge funds boost bad-loan prices as U.S. sales increase From Businessweek.com: Sales of U.S. delinquent mortgages are accelerating as lenders rush to meet demand from hedge funds and private-equity firms that has sent prices surging. Bank of America Corp. is marketing soured mortgages with a balance of about $3 billion, said David Tobin, principal at loan broker Missi...

08 Aug. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 32: Whitebox eyes liquid alternatives [more]

From Risk.net: Whitebox plans to remain a mid-sized hedge fund but has big ambitions when it comes to the liquid alternatives area. Success, say the partners, will hinge on adherence to its investment principles. When Whitebox Advisors was set up in 2000, founder Andrew Redleaf laid out a set of investment principles he wanted to guide the company’s development. The Whitebox ‘edge’ is based on a p...

01 Aug. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 31: Kyria Capital Management bets on women hedge fund managers [more]

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As hedge fund assets top $3 trillion, and long/short strategies get more crowded than ever, with every manager hunting for even the tiniest bit of alpha, a new firm has emerged that claims its own edge – women. A recent Rothstein Kass study showed women-owned and women-managed hedge funds (collectively "women-run") posted annualized returns th...

25 Jul. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 30: Events – AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum, Sept. 16, Sydney [more]

AIMA Australia invite you to join us at our annual Hedge Fund Forum on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. The AIMA Australian Hedge Fund Forum is a non-profit hedge fund conference organised by the industry for the industry, featuring quality Australian and international speakers sharing insights, reflections, war-stories and facts with hedge fund managers and ...

18 Jul. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 29: Opalesque Roundtable Success in hedge fund marketing not linked to performance, but investor appetite [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Success in marketing a fund is not linked to the performance, but to investor appetite, to the way you can market the fund, and to how much time you can spend to raise assets, said Antoine Rolland, the CEO of incubator and seeding firm NewAlpha Asset Management at the recent...

11 Jul. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 28: Modern American family dynamics complicate wealth management [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey of 680 high net-worth individuals in the U.S. with $3m or more in investable assets found that the changing family structures, multi-generational and extended family circumstances, evolving gender roles, and generational views on investing and use of wealth are challenging traditional approaches to wealth planning. The 2014 U.S. Trust Insi...

04 Jul. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 27: Finles Capital offers non EU managers AIFMD solution to access to European capital [more]

Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Finless Capital has partnered with IMP Professionals to develop a cost-efficient, one-stop-shop solution allowing non-EU based investment fund managers to raise capital throughout the European Union under the new legislation, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) which will come into full force on July 22. The partnership of th...

27 Jun. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 26: Fast growth of liquid alternatives fuels hedge fund fee discussion [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Liquid alternative funds continue to show fast growth, said hedge fund information provider Infovest21. In its latest report, Infovest21 said in 2013, net flows for alternatives were $40bn, up from $14.6bn in 2012. So far this year through April, net flows are at $11.6bn. Lois Peltz, pr...

20 Jun. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 25: Hedge fund Pine River soft closes multi-strategy fund [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Minnesota-based Pine River Capital Management, the $15bn hedge fund firm founded by Brian Taylor, is soft closes its $4.5vn multi-strategy Pine River Fund as it shuns new money because of "challenging environment" for the industry. In a report, the ...

13 Jun. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 24: U.S. IRS issues rule reducing hedge fund fees to institutional investors [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has issued a new rule reducing the incentive fees assessed by hedge funds on institutional investors, allowing the sector to invest into the industry at a much lower cost. A report by ...

06 Jun. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 23: A good spell for event driven hedge funds such as FrontFour Capital [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: FrontFour Capital Partners LLC has made appearances in Opalesque’s daily newsletter (AMB)’s Activist News section for a while. The last we heard of the hedge f...

30 May. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 22: Mitsubishi UFC completes acquisition of Meridian Fund [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global asset administrator Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services announced it has completed acquisition of Meridian Fund Services Group on 27 May. The deal was completed as part of the ongoing growth strategy of Mitsubishi UFJ...

23 May. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 21: News Briefs – Chenavari Investment pays over GBP1m per head after stellar year [more]

It’s been a good year for Chenavari Investment Managers, the credit hedge fund with a focus on distressed debt founded at the height of the financial crisis by former head of credit at Calyon, Loic Fery. Assets under management swelled by over $1bn, it received numerous industry accolades, most of its funds posted double-digit returns and it expanded into Asia. It’s also been hiring more senior st...

16 May. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 20: DMS advises U.S. fund managers to get European substance [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In July of this year, it will be illegal for fund managers to market in Europe unless they are compliant with the AIFMD. What makes this regulation so weighty is that 25% of U.S. capital comes from Europe and most U.S. managers are unaware that their prospective investors may become illegal this summer. The European Union'...

09 May. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 19: Opalesque Radio Time for farmland investing [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: There is an increasingly active community of farmland investors hoping to profit from the world's growing need for nourishment, said CNBC in March. Famed commodity investor Jim Rogers, who launched the international Quantum Fund with George Soros in the early 197...

02 May. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 18: Hedge funds gain interest from endowments and foundations - survey [more]

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new survey from NEPC shows that endowments and foundations have a strong preference for hedge funds. 81% of those surveyed noted that they plan to continue their allocations in 2014. Based on current macroeconomic indicators respondents say that domestic equities are the strongest to invest In. On a strategy basis, allocators are examining e...

25 Apr. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 17: …And Finally – Flight attendant has passengers rolling in aisle [more]

From Orange.co.uk: A video of a US flight attendant turning her safety talk into a comedy routine is proving a huge hit online. More than five million people have watched the clip of Marty Cobb which has her passengers rolling with laughter on a Southwest Airlines flight to Salt Lake City. She began:"If I can pretend to have your attention for just a few moments, my ex...

18 Apr. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 16: Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) launches several car investing funds [more]

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand coupled with the limited supply of unique older vehicles, the returns on classic car investments hav...

11 Apr. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 15: European stock-picking fund up 19% YTD, bets on small caps’ high cash level [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Here is a European long/short equity fund that has been beating the odds since its 2008 inception by employing its own investment model, frequent company visits and a concentrated portfolio. ...

04 Apr. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 14: Malta to declare the Island of Filfla a tax free zone for hedge funds and hedge fund managers [more]

Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Taurus Orators, the well-known alternative thinking group, have persuaded the Maltese Authorities to declare the Maltese island of Filfla as a tax free zone to encourage hedge fund managers to move to Malta and to domicile funds within the EU. The Three Maltese Islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are well known to the international community, but the islan...

28 Mar. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 13: Context Asset Management launches first hedge fund-of-funds mutual fund [more]

From PIOnline.com: Context Asset Management, a newly formed alternative investment mutual fund manager, on Wednesday launched its first fund, Context Alternative Strategies Fund. The new fund was seeded with $40 million from a family office that CEO Steve Kneeley said in an interview he couldn’t name. Portfolio managers for the multistrategy hedge fund-of-funds mutual fund are Andrew D...

21 Mar. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 12: M&A – Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services acquires Meridian Fund Services Group [more]

Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, a global asset administrator, announces the acquisition of Meridian Fund Services Group, a fund administrator with $14bn of assets under administration (AuA). Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services, part of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), provides a wide range of fund administration and investor services to hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity and real ...

14 Mar. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 11: Hedge funds back at net long S&P500 after buying spree [more]

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds are once again net long the S&P500 following buying spree, according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. F...

07 Mar. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 10: Emerging market-focused hedge funds suffer sharp losses [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Emerging market-focused hedge funds suffered sharp losses at the start of 2014 as the HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index declined by 2.5% in January on weakness in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Comparatively, the index gained 7.1% in the final four months of 2013. According to the latest ...

28 Feb. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 9: South African manager to launch emerging and frontier markets long/short value-biased fund [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Emerging markets have been suffering from slower economic growth, weak currencies, high interest rates and capital outflows of late. But frontier markets seem to have fared better. The MSCI Frontier Markets Index ro...

21 Feb. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 8: Comprehensive online hedge fund glossary now available [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A comprehensive online hedge fund glossary that provides users with a complete set of key terms, phrases, and definitions specific to all aspects of the global hedge fund industry has been launched by the Managed Funds Association in tandem with law firm ...

14 Feb. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 7: Swiss vote on immigration may not affect the Swiss financial services industry significantly [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Swiss voters on Sunday approved a restriction on immigration and a return of tighter quotas, overturning the Swiss-EU agreement on freedom of movement; the country must now renegotiate this treaty with the European Union. In fact, Switzerland can expect all of its treaties with the EU to be reviewed, Martin Schulz, the president of the Euro...

07 Feb. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 6: Investing – Fund targets legally entangled RMBS, Buyout groups, hedge funds bid for public finance specialist Depfa, Ackman's Pershing Square trims holdings of Beam, SoftBank sags 7.4%, hedge funds seen cutting positions [more]

Fund targets legally entangled RMBS From Reuters.com: A hedge fund holding legacy mortgage securities entangled in JP Morgan's proposed private settlement with institutional investors is offering other bondholders a whopping 833% premium compared with the bank's recovery offer in order to get hold of one specific battered bond, according to offer documents s...

31 Jan. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 5: Topni’s Asia Pacific long/short equity fund returns 15% in first three years, bets on small and mid cap stocks inefficiencies [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: The Topni Pacific Century Fund, L.P. is a fundamental long/short equity hedge fund managed by Ms. Jiyoung Kim in the firm that she founded in 2010, Topni Capital, in New York. A biochemistry graduate born in South Korea, Ms. Kim s...

24 Jan. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 4: Opalesque TV South African hedge fund managers see great opportunity in African consumer theme [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: James Faircliff and Richard Böttger, two young South African hedge fund managers, are passionate about the stock market and about investing: you’d have to be if you started trading stocks at the age of 13 – which they did. As grown-ups, they began their professional career in private equity, and then moved into the listed space. Together they eventual...

17 Jan. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 3: Blackstone’s new illiquid alternative Alternative Alpha Fund charges 8.28% in fees [more]

From Investmentnews.com: If the thought of paying the classic “two and 20” to a hedge fund makes you queasy, you may want to look away. Private-equity giant Blackstone Group is soliciting new shares for its $300 million Blackstone Alternative Alpha Fund, which carries a price tag that makes 2% in annual fees and 20% of profits look like a clearance sale. The non-traded fund of hedge funds has all-...

10 Jan. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 2: Axiom International picks co-portfolio manager to help run new small-cap equity fund [more]

From PIonline.com: Yogesh Borkar was named co-portfolio manager at Axiom International Investors, according to Axiom spokesman Shane McMahon. The position is new. Mr. Borkar will co-manage the newly launched Axiom International Small Cap Fund with Matthew Franco, who manages the small/microcap equity team. Mr. Borkar will also work with Mr. Franco as a senior analyst for the internatio...

03 Jan. 2014 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 1: There is going to be a bull’s eye on the back of any hedge fund manager who advertises [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:In July 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules in connection with the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, lifting an 80-year old ban on general solicitation and advertising and allowing hedge f...

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  1. Study shows what resonates with investors: 'Unwavering', 'passionate' beats 'committed', 'dedicated' and more surprises[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new study by Pershing Square, a unit of BNY Mellon company, showed that an effective value proposition strengthens audience connections and fosters growth, yet many advisors have had little objective guidance in formulating such statements until now. In the

  2. Hedge fund assets decline in July - eVestment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Total assets in hedge funds declined in July and dropped 0.49%, marking the industry's second monthly asset decline in 2014, according to the latest asset flows data from eVestment. Despite the asset decline, total industry AUM remained above the $3 trillion

  3. AIMA makes 'the case for hedge funds'[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund industry body,

  4. Managed futures' global diversification is important in next phase of economic recovery[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global diversification provided by managed futures may prove to be extremely valuable as the markets enter the next phase of the economic recovery, said Campbell & Company, a pioneer in absolute return invest

  5. Ex-UBS prop trader's hedge fund Manikay Partners eyes UK launch[more]

    From eFinancialnews.com: Manikay Partners, a $1.7 billion US multi-strategy hedge fund set up in 2008 by a proprietary trader from UBS with backing from Goldman Sachs, is planning to open in the UK. New York-based Manikay's move into Europe comes after Financial News revealed on Monday that Aurelius