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04 Dec. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Has world economy reached the high-point of globalization and open markets? Hedge fund news, week 48 [more]

In the week ending 02 December, 2016, in other miscellaneous hedge fund news, Mike Coleman said at the recent Opalesque Singapore Roundtable that from a market’s perspective, the global economy

26 Nov. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: LatAm hedge fund performance surges to 33% YTD : hedge fund news, week 47 [more]

In the week ending 25 November, 2016, assets dedicated to emerging markets hedge funds increased to $199.66bn in 3Q, up $9.8bn from the prior quarter. LatAm

19 Nov. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: For first time since 2008 more US investors redeem than invest in hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 46 [more]

In the week ending 18 November, 2016, the EY 2016 Global Hedge Fund and Investor survey showed that changing investor preferences is pressuring hedge funds

12 Nov. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Wall Street and some hedge funds found without Plan T: hedge fund news, week 45 [more]

In the week ending 11 November, 2016, an update in the U.S. Election, Wall Street and some hedge funds were caught without a plan under a Trump presidency scenario; the financial markets rocked as it emerged that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton after a brief fall. Bridgewater Associates

05 Nov. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Investors who dump hedge funds are missing the bigger picture: hedge fund news, week 44 [more]

In the week ending 04 November, 2016, hedge funds have not totally lost their appeal for institutional investors as the biggest Danish pension fund is sticking with it; Karen McQuiston of Prudential Global Investment said that those who dump all alternative and hedge funds are missing the big

30 Oct. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Industry wide leverage of 2.6x lifts total hedge fund assets to $7.2tln: hedge fund news, week 43 [more]

In the week ending 28 October, 2016, a study by Convergence showed that hedge funds and alternative industry grew from a year ago despite low

22 Oct. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Strong returns push hedge fund assets to new highs while some replicator ETFs halved: hedge fund news, week 42 [more]

In the week ending 22 October, 2016, strong returns have pushed hedge fund assets to a record level in 3Q16, reaching $2.972tln despite $51.5bn withdrawals.

15 Oct. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds shrink posting second strongest decline since 2009: hedge fund news, week 41 [more]

In the week ending 14 October, 2016, data from HFR showed that hedge fund launches through the first half of 2016 numbered 406 while liquidations reached 530. The resulting net decline of 124 is the most since 2009 when the industry suffered a net decline of 239 funds. Bayshore Capital Adv

08 Oct. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Global healthcare, emerging markets and Japan push fundamental growth hedge funds to +4.35% return YTD: hedge fund news, week 40 [more]

In the week ending 07 October, 2016, the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index returned +0.55% in September (+1.33% YTD). The HFRX Fundamental Growth Index gained +4

01 Oct. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Liquid alternatives, large hedge funds at crossroads: hedge fund news, week 39 [more]

In the week ending 30 September, 2016, industry insiders say that liquid alternative sector funds might be in the decline: since early 2016, liquid alts have seen investo

24 Sep. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: SEC shakes hedge fund industry with Cooperman insider trading case: hedge fund news, week 38 [more]

In the week ending 23 September, 2016, on the legal scene; the SEC has charged Leon Cooperman of insider trading in connection with Atlas Pipeline; Co

17 Sep. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Fewer hedge funds launch but also fewer fold: hedge fund news, week 37 [more]

In the week ending 16 September, 2016, HFR said that hedge fund launches and liquidations fell in the second quarter of this year from the first quarter; Rory

10 Sep. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Latest research vindicates hedge funds' stock picking skills: hedge fund news, week 36 [more]

In the week ending 09 September, 2016, stocks where hedge funds own a large percentage of the outstanding shares tend to outperform the S&P 500 by about 3.6% a year, research firm

03 Sep. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Investors redeem from hedge funds at a scale comparable to 2009 global financial crisis: hedge fund news, week 35 [more]

In the week ending 02 September, 2016, Preqin said that the hedge fund industry saw $34bn in asset withdrawals in the first half of 2016, as total AuM reached $3.11tln. However, separate data from eVestment showed that that investors siphoned off some $25.2bn in July ($55.9bn in H1), a scale

27 Aug. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund assets grew $8.8bn in first half of 2016: hedge fund news, week 34 [more]

In the week ending 26 August, 2016, Eurekahedge reported that hedge fund assets grew by $8.8bn during the first half of 2016, however eVestment data showed that hedge funds saw their biggest redemptions since 2009 as investors pulled $25.2bn in July. Folger Hill Asset lost a third of its asse

20 Aug. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hurdle rates become the norm and more creative for hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 33 [more]

In the week ending 18 August, 2016, it was reported that hedge funds are increasingly agreeing to hurdle rates which would be becoming the norm and more creative. While many investors are unh

13 Aug. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds struggle with insufficient returns, overcapacity: hedge fund news, week 32 [more]

In the week ending 12 August, 2016, a survey by Barclays has found that hedge funds assets are declining on insufficient returns because of overcapacity; the Barclays study added that the number of hedge funds are on track to shrink this year. The industry is slowing as returns are down and i

06 Aug. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds and alternatives more attractive for Asian institutional investors: hedge fund news, week 31 [more]

In the week ending 05 August, 2016, hedge funds and alternative investment managers continued making inroads into Asia's institutional investor community with the South Korean government announcing it will gradually raise the overseas and alternative investment proportion in seven state-r

30 Jul. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Long term study shows institutions achieve diversification and higher returns through hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 30 [more]

In the week ending 29 July, 2016, new data showed that institutional investors, like pension funds, stay loyal to hedge funds. A long term study from PGIM has found that institutional investors

23 Jul. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: ESMA says no significant obstacles for AIFMD passport to Canada, Guernsey, Japan, Jersey and Switzerland: hedge fund news, week 29 [more]

In the week ending 22 July, 2016, On the regulatory front, European Union watchdog ESMA said no significant obstacles would exist to extend the AIFMD passport to Canada, Guernsey, Japan, Jersey and Switzerland. However, market access equivalency concerns remain in respect of Hong Kong, Singa

17 Jul. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Diversification and value for money to dominate hedge fund allocations: hedge fund news, week 28 [more]

In the week ending 15 July, 2016, a survey by Willis Towers has found that investors’ focus on diversification and value for money will continue to domina

09 Jul. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: North American investors account for 62% of capital committed to hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 27 [more]

In the week ending 08 July, 2016, it was reported that North America-based institutional investors account for 62% of capital committed to hedge funds and Europe-based investors 23% respectively, a slight increase from 12 months ago (21%). These numbers refer to institutional investors which

03 Jul. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Not all hedge funds withstood Brexit shock: hedge fund news, week 26 [more]

In the week ending 01 July, 2016, in Europe, a majority of commentators expect that Brexit will have long lasting impacts on the financial markets and global growth. George Soros warned that the Brexit has ‘unleashed’ a crisis in the financial markets similar to the 2008 global financi

25 Jun. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Redemtions, losses and some gains for hedge funds after Brexit vote: hedge fund news, week 25 [more]

In the week ending 24 June 2016, global markets buckled as Britain’s vote to leave the European Union drove the pound to the lowest in more than 30 years. In Europe, UK asset managers are bracing for redemptions after the Brits voted out of the EU while hedge funds in the U.K. were divided ov

18 Jun. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds shrink as liquidations outpace new launches in Q1: hedge fund news, week 27 [more]

In the week ending 17 May, 2016, HFR said hedge fund liquidations declined narrowly to begin 2016 after rising sharply to conclude 2015, as investors positioned f

11 Jun. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Majority of institutional investors view hedge funds as top investment strategy: hedge fund news, week 23 [more]

In the week ending 10 June, 2016, a study by BNY Mellon has found that institutional investors are planning to boost their allocations to alt

04 Jun. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: $1bn hedge fund Club still saw net inflows despite pullout from NYCERS and MetLife: hedge fund news, week 22 [more]

In the week ending 03 June 2016, a study has found that the largest members of the $1bn hedge fund Club still saw net inflows so far in 2016 despite withdrawals fr

28 May. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Listed hedge fund assets in UK drop from GBP9bn to just 3bn: hedge fund news, week 21 [more]

In the week ending 27 May, 2016, it was reported that listed hedge funds in the UK have been “decimated” by investor outflows and fund closures since the financial crisis while in general ETF

21 May. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund managers continue launching UCITS funds: hedge fund news, week 20 [more]

In the week ending 20 May, 2016, Tages Capital has launched a global credit long/short fund called Tages Fore UCITS Fund; Capital Group will launch a UCITS version of its flagship U.S. equities strategy, Investment Company of America; and Lyxor Asset has partnered with SEB to launch an innovative da

15 May. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: 282 US public pensions, 20% more than 2010, invest in hedge funds with 10% average allocation: hedge fund news, week 19 [more]

In the week ending 13 May, 2016, Data from Preqin showed that institutional investors, like public pensions, are sticking with hedge funds despite frustrations. The number of public pensions that use hedge funds has steadily increased to 282 in 2016 from 234 in 2010, while the average hedge f

07 May. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: With searches on for $20bn new hedge fund mandates, institutions don’t follow NYCERS: hedge fund news, week 18 [more]

In the week ending 06 May, 2016, institutional investors are not following New York City's lead to dump hedge funds, data showed. Through April 28 2016, institutions hand

02 May. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: South Korean hedge fund growth to buck the trend: hedge fund news, week 17 [more]

In the week ending 29 April, 2016, in outlooks, Dan Loeb described the first quarter as "washout" and "catastrophic" for hedge funds and predicted a

23 Apr. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Despite falling hedge fund assets, industry sees high quality launches: hedge fund news, week 16 [more]

In the week ending 22 April, 2016, the HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report showed that hedge funds assets declined $15.1bn in Q1, marking not only the largest quarterly outflow since 2Q09, but also the first consecutive quarters of outflows since 2009; Eurekahedge reported that hedge funds

16 Apr. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Funds of hedge funds need at least $4.4bn to survive and thrive [more]

In the week ending 15 April, 2016, a survey has found that the evolution of funds of funds reflects the changing roles of traditional fund of funds in th

09 Apr. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: A bunch of top hedge funds suffered losses in March: hedge fund news, week 14 [more]

In the week ending 08 Apr, 2016, data from HSBC showed that a bunch of top hedge funds sustained performance losses in March while hedge funds in South Africa serviced by Peregrine Capital

02 Apr. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Some US mega hedge funds gain ground again in Q1: hedge fund news, week 13 [more]

In the week ending 11 March, 2016, in the U.S., hedge funds are crowding into U.S. Treasuries, and that has bond traders bracing for more turbulence. Daniel Loeb's Third Point Partners fund gained 3.2% in March but is off 1.9% for the year while Barry Rosenstein's Jana Partners Fund i

26 Mar. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds gain by mid-March but still down for the year: hedge fund news, week 12 [more]

In the week ending 25 March, 2016, the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index gained +0.66% (-2.32% YTD); The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index

19 Mar. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Clerkenwell Matterhorn real estate hedge fund up net 91% since inception in Sept. 2012: hedge fund news, week 11 [more]

In the week ending 18 March, 2016, Opalesque reported the Clerkenwell Matterhorn Fund is up net 91% since inception in Sept. 2012, annualizing a 20.5% net return

12 Mar. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Florida’s State Board of Administration content with hedge fund returns and fee level: hedge fund news, week 10 [more]

In the week ending 11 March, 2016, Florida’s State Board of Administration has said that its hedge fund investments produced a handsome profit for the pension fund. For the three years that ended Nov. 30, Florida made an average annual return of 9.6 percent on its hedge fund investments after expens

05 Mar. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: One third of investors search for new alternative investments: hedge fund news, week 09 [more]

In the week ending 04 March, 2016, it was reported that one third of investors are carrying out manager searches for new alternative investment mandates. Research among c

27 Feb. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Investors to add hedge funds, quant strategies in 2016: hedge fund news, week 08 [more]

In the week ending 26 February, 2016, a Deutsche Bank survey showed that hedge fund investors are backing equity long-short for 2016; the Alternative

20 Feb. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Warren Buffett’s chosen index in commanding lead over hedge funds : hedge fund news, week 07 [more]

In the week ending 19 February, 2016, in miscellaneous hedge fund news it was reported that Warren Buffett’s chosen index fund holds a commanding lead over a collection

13 Feb. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Short hedge funds and managed futures shine in early 2016: hedge fund news, week 06 [more]

In the week ending 12 February, 2016, while some of the biggest hedge funds are reporting negative performances so far this year, the HSBC Hedge Fund performance showed that short hedge funds and managed futures are

06 Feb. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Investors put $29bn in quant hedge funds reversing 2014 trend: hedge fund news, week 05 [more]

In the week ending 05 February 2016 it was reported that quant hedge funds, who use mathematical models to bet across asset classes, raised a net $29bn last year, reversing a $16bn outflow in 2014. Meanwhile, a report by Barclays has found that recent trends in fees, liquidity and transparency sugge

30 Jan. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds beat equities. liquid alts in 2015: hedge fund news, week 04 [more]

In the week ending 29 January, 2016, AIMA reported that hedge funds outperformed stocks and bonds on a risk-adjusted basis last year; a study by Beachhead Capi

23 Jan. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Only 72 hedge funds launched in 2015, down from 149 in 2012 : hedge fund news, week 03 [more]

In the week ending 22 January, 2016, a Eurekahedge report said hedge fund launches are on the decline with 72 recorded last year (until November) from 117 launches in 2014 and 14

16 Jan. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds brace, fund liquidations up 25%: hedge fund news, week 03 [more]

In the week ending 16 January, 2016, the outlook amongst hedge funds is that they are said to be bracing for more pain this year. The pace of hedge fund liquidations climbed

09 Jan. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: Continued institutional demand ensures billions of hedge fund inflows also in 2016: hedge fund news, week 01 [more]

In the week ending 08 January, 2016, the outlook of eVestment showed that the hedge fund industry is, barring the occurrence of an outlier event, in a decent position for another year of growth. Hedge funds are seen to attract between $50 billion and $60 billion in new assets in 2016, with in

02 Jan. 2016. Opalesque Roundup: As China counts 24,625 hedge funds, managers globally hope for better opportunities in 2016: hedge fund news, week 53 [more]

In the week ending 01 January, 2016, the Asset Management Association of China has announced that 24,625 hedge funds are active onshore in Mainland China (“sunshine funds”, see also the recent Opalesque Hong Kong Roundtable for more

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  1. Institutions - Texas County & District culls 5 hedge funds, reallocates to existing managers, Kentucky board gives final approval to halve hedge fund portfolio, $38bn Finnish fund moves assets to U.S. as Europe flounders, South Korea’s National Pension Fund holds 5% stake in 62 listed companies[more]

    Texas County & District culls 5 hedge funds, reallocates to existing managers Texas County & District Retirement System, Austin, continues to reduce the number of hedge funds, but not the size of its $6.2 billion hedge fund portfolio. It will redeem a total of $760 million from five hedg

  2. Opalesque Roundtable: Australian family offices search for good risk adjusted returns, happy to pay for skill[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Australian family offices want foremost good risk adjusted returns, and they are happy to pay for the skill, and in some cases, the limited capacity of an active manager. Jonas Daly, Head of Distribution at B

  3. StepStone announces close of Swiss Capital acquisition[more]

    StepStone Group LP announced it has successfully closed the acquisition of Swiss Capital Alternative Investments AG, one of the leading private debt and hedge fund solutions providers in Europe. The transaction was originally announced in May 2016, and has been in the process of receiving regulatory

  4. Investing - Stephen Cohen investing $275m in free clinics treating veterans' mental health issues, California Resources loses favor with hedge funds[more]

    Stephen Cohen investing $275m in free clinics treating veterans' mental health issues From Healthcarefinancenews.com: …Now, a new chain of free mental health clinics for vets has opened in five cities across the United States to fill the gap. The much-needed new treatment is underwritten

  5. Hedge funds flat in last week of November 'in sympathy with markets’[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds were close to flat in the last week of November in sympathy with markets, which took a pause ahead of the OPEC meeting and Italian referendum. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was -0.1% as of end November 29 (-1.7% YTD), according to the latest