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27 Sep. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Texas Teacher's hedge funds generated alpha of 5.5%: hedge fund news, week 40 [more]

In the week ending 26 September, 2014, institutional investor Teacher Retirement System of Texas' directional hedge funds generated one-year alpha of as of June 30 of 5.5 percentage points; Harvard University's endowment reinforced its commitment to hedge funds and private equity as

20 Sep. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: CalPERS not the only pension to divest entire hedge fund program: hedge fund news, week 39 [more]

In the week ending 19 September, 2014 institutional investor CalPERS, the largest pension system in the U.S., announced it would divest its entire $4bn hedge fund

13 Sep. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Investors to pump $49bn into liquid alternatives over the next year: hedge fund news, week 38 [more]

In the week ending 12 September, 2014, investors are expected to pump $49bn of fresh assets into funds that mimic hedge fund tactics over the next year - liquid alternatives. Hedge fund investors added more cash than they redeemed from the asset class in September; Carlyle Grou

06 Sep. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Stocks with higher levels of hedge fund ownership display higher relative return: hedge fund news, week 37 [more]

In the week ending 05 September, 2014, Erin Gibbs, equity CIO for S&P Capital IQ, said that according to a study stocks with higher levels of hedge fund ownership displayed higher relative returns; another study by from Cerulli Associates showed that financial firms are targeting the $3.4tln held by

30 Aug. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds assets still over $3 Trillion in July: hedge fund news, week 36 [more]

In the week ending 29 August, 2014, eVestment said total assets in hedge funds declined in July, dropping 0.49% to $3.017tln; the hedge fund industry consolidated last year (2013) with the number of funds falling by around a tenth from 2012 but assets under management rose to $2.6tln; private

23 Aug. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: 60% of women surveyed say alternatives will be core holding: hedge fund news, week 35 [more]

In the week ending 22 August, 2014; a study by MainStay Investments found that female investors are more interested in alternative investments compared to their male counterparts with 60% of women surveyed expecting alternatives to become a core part of their portfolio; a joint study by Ineic

16 Aug. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Investments by U.S. public pensions in hedge funds at new peak: hedge fund news, week 33 [more]

In the week ending 15 August, 2014, Wilshire Associates said investments by U.S. public pensions in hedge funds peaked the highest since 2011. The brandi

10 Aug. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds, private equity to grab 40% of revenues by 2020: hedge fund news, week 33 [more]

In the week ending 08 Aug, 2014, McKinsey & Co predicted that hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investments would grab up to 40% of asset management revenues by 2020. A survey by Cerulli Associates found that alternative mutual funds will hit 14% of total industry assets by 202

02 Aug. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Fund of hedge funds assets rose $21.93bn in Q1: hedge fund news, week 32 [more]

In the week ending 01 August, 2014, the assets under management for commingled fund of hedge funds vehicles increased $21.93bn in Q1 2014; Man Group's funds under management rose 7% to $57.7bn in the first half of 2014; Winton increased the assets in its low-cost equities fund to more tha

26 Jul. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Banks helped hedge fund avoid $8bn in taxes: hedge fund news, week 31 [more]

In the week ending 25 July, 2014, legal reports said Deutsche Bank and Barclays Bank are accused of helping hedge funds avoid paying more than $8bn in taxes by selling them “basket options"; Peter Brown testified that the complex financial instruments has helped Renaissance Technologies

19 Jul. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Global alternative assets reached $5.7tln: hedge fund news, week 30 [more]

In the week ending 18 July, 2014, Towers Watson reported that global alternative assets jumped to $5.7tln from $5.1tln over the past year; data from eVestment showed

12 Jul. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds raised $16.9bn in May while mutual funds also become more popular for alternative strategies: hedge fund news, week 29 [more]

In the week ending 29 July, 2014, BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported that the hedge fund industry took in $16.9bn in assets in May; Som Seif aims to reach $7.5bn in assets for Claymore Investments; and Aston Hill reported some $7.5bn in assets as at end June compared with

05 Jul. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Blackstone latest entrant to hedge funds game through independent management companies: hedge fund news, week 28 [more]

In the week ending 04 July, 2014, Blackstone Group which is already the largest investor in hedge funds has signed on traders in preparation to launch its hedge funds group that involves independent management companies; Solomon "Sol" Kumin said he was planning to launch a stock t

28 Jun. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Investors face pros and cons of hedge fund investing: hedge fund news, week 27 [more]

In the week ending 27 June, 2014, it was reported that institutional investors put money into hedge funds to get returns that are uncorrelated to equity markets. At the same time, press in the U.S. claimed that corporate pension funds and university endowments have missed the stock rally as

22 Jun. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund launches rose in early 2014: hedge fund news, week 26 [more]

In the week ending 20 June 2014, hedge fund launches rose through early 2014 as new launches in Equity Hedge and Event Driven continued to attract new investors, HFR said; long/short consumer-focused hedge fund Pagoda Asset Management plans to launch a fund in Q4; Paul Saferstein

14 Jun. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds’ assets exceeded $2.1 trillion in May: hedge fund news, week 25 [more]

In the week ending 13 June 2014, Eurekahedge said hedge funds’ assets exceeded $2.1tln in May; BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research said hedge funds get $56.4b

08 Jun. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds assets to reach $4.81tln by 2018: hedge fund news, week 24 [more]

In the week ending 06 May, 2014, a comprehensive study by Citi Investor Services predicted hedge funds assets to increase by 81% to $4.81tln by 2018. Preqin also confirmed that hedge funds are managing more assets despite lagging returns. Assets of emerging market hedge funds rose to record l

31 May. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: London and Connecticut compete for hedge funds' #2 spot: hedge fund news, week 23 [more]

In the week ending 30 May, 2014, data provider Preqin said 500 of the largest hedge fund managers control 90% of the industry’s assets; London is home to the second highest number of $1bn plus managers (80), although Connecticut is second in terms of capital managed by these firms with a comb

24 May. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund redemptions rose to 4.32% in mid-May: hedge fund news, week 22 [more]

In the week ending 23 May 2014, hedge funds assets redemptions rose to 4.32% in mid-May from 3.23% in April according to the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator; Eurekahedge said positive returns and less redemptions stabilized AuM for funds of hedge funds; and Citadel completed its fir

18 May. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds disclose Q1 positions: hedge fund news, week 21 [more]

In the week ending 16 May, 2014, hedge funds disclosed their latest investment positions in Q1 with top funds shedding light on their stakes in high-profile Internet names such as Netflix and Groupon; hedge funds invested in technology and healthcare fell 3.65 %in April; the biggest U.S. hedge fund

11 May. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Age outweighs size for hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 20 [more]

In the week ending 09 May, 2014 new reports claimed that age would play a greater factor in relative performance than size as young hedge funds posted the highest cumulative returns since 2003. The 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers in the United States took home a total of $21.15bn in compensat

03 May. 2014. Opalesque Roundup: Shorting small caps best performing hedge fund strategy since 2012: hedge fund news, week 19 [more]

Hedge funds that short small caps are amongst the best performing strategies since 2012 and the highest versus average levels since 2004; Meanwhile, Tower Watson's Chris Ford has called for less stock-picking and more strategy from fund managers; and global multi-asset, alternative assets

27 Apr. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund assets reached $2.931tln: hedge fund news, week 18 [more]

In the week ending 25 April, 2014, eVestment’s Hedge Fund Asset Flow Summary for March and Q1 2014 showed hedge fund assets reached $2.931tln; the HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report said hedge fund assets rose to $2.70tln in Q1 2014; the SS&C GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for April

20 Apr. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge funds attract $55bn new money in Q1: hedge fund news, week 17 [more]

In the week ending 18 April, 2014, eVestment reported hedge funds raised assets in Q1 attracting $55bn of net new money. Assets held by European hedge funds hit record high levels in the first three months of this year to record $476.2bn by the end of March; multi-strategy hedge fund firm Cen

12 Apr. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Oldest and biggest hedge funds have the most assets: hedge fund news, week 16 [more]

In the week ending 11 April, 2014, the oldest and biggest hedge funds have the most assets according to the latest data from eVestment; Capstone Investment

05 Apr. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Pension funds now largest and fastest growing hedge fund investors: hedge fund news, week 15 [more]

In the week ending 04 April, 2014, EDHEC-Risk Institute cautioned institutional investors on portfolio diversification; pension funds are now the largest and fastest growing investor in the hedge fund industry; Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund at Pimco, forecasted a lo

29 Mar. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Asset concentation at largest US and UK hedge funds goes on unabated: hedge fund news, week 14 [more]

In the week ending 28 March, 2014, Absolute Return’s latest Billion Dollar Club showed the largest 293 U.S. hedge funds now manage a record $1.71tln in assets whil

22 Mar. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Investments in hedge funds surged to pre-crisis level: hedge fund news, week 13 [more]

In the week ending 21 March, 2014, eVestment said investments into hedge funds are piling up as inflows surged to pre-financial crisis level; hedge funds and priv

16 Mar. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Several hedge funds posted strong gains in February: hedge fund news, week 12 [more]

In the week ending 14 March, 2014, several high-profile hedge fund manages posted strong performances in February. While Balestra Capital lost more than 6% last month pressing bullish bets on Japanese stocks and against the yen, Andy Hall's Astenbeck fund rose nearly 8% in February and LJ

08 Mar. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Big institutional investors account for 80% of emerging market bonds: hedge fund news, week 11 [more]

In the week ending 07 March, 2014, the IMF said big institutional investors account for 80% of the $500bn that plowed into emerging market sovereign debt in the last few years; hedge funds

02 Mar. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge funds saw a resurgence in inflows in 2013: hedge fund news, week 10 [more]

In the week ending 28 January, 2014, Preqin said hedge funds reported a resurgence in asset inflows from family offices and wealth managers in 2013; Forbes released the 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers and traders in 2013 who also made the most gains; hedge funds redemption climbed 3.3

23 Feb. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund assets could reach $3tln by year-end : hedge fund news, week 09 [more]

Deutsche Bank said hedge fund assets might reach $3tln by year-end; eVestment said hedge fund assets declined to $2.845tln in January; Towers Watson said smar

16 Feb. 2014. Global asset management industry to reach $100tln by 2020: hedge fund news, week 08 [more]

In the week ending 14 February, 2014, PricewaterhouseCoopers predicted the global asset management industry would grow to $100tln by 2020; BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research said hedge funds sustained $10bn in outflows in December 2013; and LG Capital Fund raised a total of $59.9m

08 Feb. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Defined benefit plans prefer hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 07 [more]

In the week ending 07 February, 2014, hedge funds outperformed the S&P500 in January this year said Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Bridgewater Associates’ Ray Dal

01 Feb. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Majority of hedge funds exceeded performance expectations in 2013 : hedge fund news, week 05 [more]

In the week ending 31 January, 2014, Preqin said that majority of investors believed hedge funds exceeded performance expectations in 2013; it added that Asia Pacific hedge funds were the top performers last year; Citi Prime Finance said composite hedge fund performance, equal-weighted acros

25 Jan. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Alternative and hedge fund assets peak as equities turn choppy: hedge fund news, week 04 [more]

The week ending 24 January, 2014, has seen two days of sell-off in global equities. Meanwhile, Preqin said that the global alternative industry’s assets reached $6tln for the first time; the HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report said that hedge funds’ assets surged to $2.63tln at the end of

18 Jan. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Over-diversification – the risk of hiring too many hedge fund managers: hedge fund news, week 03 [more]

In the week ending 17 January, 2014, a new Rothstein Kass study confirmed its 2013 findings that women hedge fund managers outperform their male count

11 Jan. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund of funds post best results in four years, but investors still pull out - hedge fund news, week 02 [more]

In the week ending 10 January, 2014, the HFRI Fund of Hedge Funds Index was up 1.2% in December (+8.7% in 2013), its highest return in four years; but despite the rebound

04 Jan. 2014. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge funds gained $225bn+ in 2013: hedge fund news, week 01 [more]

In the week ending 03 January, 2014, the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index gained 8% in 2013, hedge funds gained $225bn+ in 2013; The Parker FX Index was down 0.26% in Novem

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