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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 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 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 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 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. Opalesque Exclusive: Rainwater and Blue Sky - an Australian water fund emerges[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Financial reporters often tout new funds and investments as uncorrelated investments, but few can say they are uncorrelated to everything but weather. Enter Blue Sky Alternative's water fund which invests in the permanent rights to Australia's water. Sev

  2. Regulatory – Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades, Alternative funds to get SEC test for leverage, liquidity[more]

    Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades From A recent Wall Street Journal article — ‘Activist investors often leak their plans to a favoured few’ — focused attention on ‘activist’ investors and stock analy

  3. …And Finally – This week's least competent criminal is Austrian[more]

    From A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria — after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation. Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a police station in the city on Friday night. Sp

  4. Investing – Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures, Marcato Capital Management makes new bet on Dillard’s[more]

    Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures From Hedge funds have joined the rush to real estate deals and development in recent months to close the financing gap left by tightening bank standards, but attorneys say many aren't prepared for the disclo

  5. Agecroft Partners estimates 90% of hedge funds using social media[more]

    The use of social media has increased significantly within the hedge fund industry over the past couple of years. Social media is broadly used by investors as part of their due diligence process on hedge funds, by service providers in their sales efforts to hedge funds, and by hedge funds to enhance