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24 Mar. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 12: Hedge fund liquidations in 2016 surpass 2009 levels, new launches decline [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Even as the hedge fund industry's total assets exceeded the $3tln milestone last year, hedge fund liquidations increased. So much so that 2016 had the highest number of liquidations since 2008, claims the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, released by HFR, the hedge fund indexation provider. For the full yea...

17 Mar. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 11: Comment - This is what happens when private equity firms run out of things to buy, Liquid vs. traditional hedge funds and alternatives Accessing the right strategies, The problem with hedge fund fees [more]

This is what happens when private equity firms run out of things to buy From Zerohedge.com: What do you do when you're part of an industry that has levered up $100's of billions of dollars in investor capital and paid a handsome premium for pretty much every asset available all while "excess cash sits on the sidelines" because there are just no dea...

10 Mar. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 10: With new acquisition, Investcorp launches credit management and edges closer to $25bn AUM target [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global provider and alternative investment manager Investcorp has completed its acquisition and integration of the debt management business of 3i from 3i Group plc. The business, now recognized as Investcorp Credit Management, adds $11bn of assets under management, bringing the total to approximately $21.4bn. Commenting on the announcement, Mohamme...

03 Mar. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 9: Pure countertrend CTA to open to investors [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Investment manager Peter Moon has recently launched a CTA program called 3SD Countertrend, that is run through managed accounts out of Connecticut-based 3SD Capital. The...

24 Feb. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 8: People - Kuwait wealth fund head Al Saad said to step down after 14 years [more]

From Bloomberg.com: Kuwait Investment Authority is set to name Farouk Bastaki as managing director, replacing Bader Al Saad who ran the world's fifth-largest sovereign wealth fund for 14 years, a person familiar with the matter said. The KIA, as the fund is known, is finalizing the appointment, said the person, asking not to be identified because the information is private. Kuwaiti newspaper ...

17 Feb. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 7: With $54bn in assets, Philippines is ready for hedge funds, alternative investment products [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With the country's outstanding fund management industry at $54bn and growing, the Philippine market and its investors are ready to invest in "more sophisticated" asset management products, like hedge funds and alternative investments, said Deanno J. Basas, president of the Fund Management Association of the Philippines and Managing Director...

10 Feb. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 6: Manager Profile - A secretive hedge fund firm that has legendary status on Wall Street is attracting new money [more]

From Businessinsider.com: A strategy run by Renaissance Technologies, the secretive multibillion hedge fund firm, is attracting fresh money. The firm's Renaissance Institutional Equity Fund (RIEF) grew by about $4 billion in 2016, ending the year with $14.9 billion after starting 2016 with about $10.9 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The person declined to ...

03 Feb. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 5: Legal - Fund manager fights SEC claims over 'death put' scheme, Lehman begins $265m court fight with hedge fund manager, Wells Fargo not liable for $168m Ponzi scheme, Ebullio Allegations pile up against hedge fund [more]

Fund manager fights SEC claims over 'death put' scheme From Law360.com: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's administrative suit claiming a New York hedge fund manager defrauded options issuers by recruiting terminally ill patients to profit on early redemptions after their deaths opened Monday, as the manager admitted portions of his d...

27 Jan. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 4: Mariner steers credit trades to where the action is [more]

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Mariner Investment Group, an alternative asset manager headquartered in New York, has been gradually increasing its ETF arbitrage trades, and is practically taking on the role of market maker as a result. Bill Michaelcheck, founder and CIO of Mariner and Jamie Silver, managing director, explain why. Bill Michae...

20 Jan. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 3: Investing - This hedge fund made 37% betting on banks in 2016 and remains bullish after the Trump rally, Hedge fund legend David Einhorn is making a big bet on GM, After impressive 85% return in 2016, hedge fund looks to Canadian gold producer, small banks [more]

This hedge fund made 37% betting on banks in 2016 and remains bullish after the Trump rally From Forbes.com: Can bank stocks continue to rise after a 28% surge in the KBW Bank Index in 2016, fueled by a post-election rally as stock pickers returned to the beaten down sector? Forget the so-called 'Trump Bump' because the rally has only begun, say Martin Fried...

06 Jan. 2017 Opalesque most forwarded article - week 1: Blackstone's Byron Wien predicts Trump mellows down, real growth and more surprises for 2017 [more]

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Byron R. Wien, Vice Chairman of Multi-Asset Investing at Blackstone, released his list of Ten Surprises for 2017. This is the 32nd year Byron has given his views on a number of economic, financial market and political surp...

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  1. Opalesque Exclusive: FS Investments launches energy fund[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: $19 billion Philadelphia-based FS Investments has launched a new interval fund which will invest in energy. The FS Energy Total Return Fund is the firm's first closed-end interval fund and will invest opportunistically in energy companies and assets. FS

  2. Hedge fund liquidations in 2016 surpass 2009 levels, new launches decline[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Even as the hedge fund industry's total assets exceeded the $3tln milestone last year, hedge fund liquidations increased. So much so that 2016 had the highest number of liquidations since 2008, claims the latest HFR Market Microstructure Report, re

  3. Hedge funds find no joy in macro as returns lag Trump rally[more]

    From Gulfnews.com: In 2017, macro hedge funds were expected to shine. So far? Not so much. It's been a far from impressive first two months for funds that trade around macroeconomic events. Discretionary funds rose just 0.3 per cent through February, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc., while the

  4. Strategies - Billionaire investor Marc Lasry shares how he's playing markets right now, Classic models are failing FX hedge funds desperate for return[more]

    Billionaire investor Marc Lasry shares how he's playing markets right now From CNBC.com: Buy on the prospect of deregulation. Sell on the enactment of deregulation. That's the strategy that billionaire investor Marc Lasry is implementing, according to an interview with CNBC in Las Vegas

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Aberdeen makes the case for the lower mid-market[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Aberdeen Asset Management has released a new paper focused on lower mid-market private equity. According to the paper, this segment of the private equity market is gaining popularity with private equity investors that are looking for multiple expansion and less