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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 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 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 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 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. Legal - Fannie, Freddie shares dive after U.S. appeals court ruling[more]

    From Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tumbled more than 30 percent on Tuesday after a U.S. appeals court shut down efforts by hedge funds and other investors to pursue numerous legal claims accusing the U.S. government of seizing their profits following taxpayer bailouts. By a

  2. Institutional investors plan to raise allocations to alternative assets in 2017[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by Context Summits Miami showed that nearly 72% of institutional investors and family offices plan to raise their allocations to alternative asset managers this year, suggesting continued strong demand for the industry. "As many large, brand name f

  3. Comment - Mortgages, mergers and hedge fund fees, Fairholme's Berkowitz responds to court ruling against hedge fund suits of Fannie Mae[more]

    Mortgages, mergers and hedge fund fees From Yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed down an odd decision in a lawsuit over the government's nationalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The key issue is what's called the "Third Amendment," the 2012

  4. Investing - Hedge funds continue to chase the herd in record Momentum wager, Marshall Wace bets grocer Sainsbury may need rights offering, Hedge fund net exposure has started to retreat, David Tepper's Appaloosa fund makes a huge buy, The 10,000-mile journey to Short Australia, Skeptical hedge fund investors grill Evan Spiegel about Snap's I.P.O.[more]

    Hedge funds continue to chase the herd in record Momentum wager From Hedge funds can't get enough of momentum - even if it means embracing an investing strategy they hate. Loosely defined as betting on shares that went up the fastest over the preceding nine-to-12 months, h

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Swiss investors take fund seeding and acceleration into their own hands[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Banque Bonhote, a 200-year old Swiss private bank, last year launched a community of investors - heads of Swiss family and advisory offices and wealth managers - with the aim of co-investing in the kind of managers they wanted to invest in, either by way of s