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16 Nov. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds still largest alternatives investment but quickly giving up market share: hedge fund news, week 43 [more]

In the week ending November 15th 2019, a new study from Ernst & Young (EY) found that hedge funds continue to make up the largest percentage of investors' allocations to alternatives, but they are quickly giving up market share to private equity firms raking in the cash that investors are

10 Nov. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Equity hedge strategy up +1.3% in October, with +9.3% YTD gain: hedge fund news, week 10 [more]

In the week ending November 8th 2019, HFR reported that the HFRI Equity Hedge (Total) Index led main strategy performance for the month with a +1.3 percent return, bringing the Y

02 Nov. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Asia hedge funds fastest growth puts spotlight on local talent: hedge fund news, week 41 [more]

In the week ending November 1st 2019, media reports said that as more and more big hedge funds expand in Asia and the region's assets under management grow at a faster clip than in the US and Britain, industry executives say the number of qualified candidates has failed to keep up. Hedge funds

26 Oct. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds steadily lost investors for 1.5 years but institutions say they'll come back: hedge fund news, week 40 [more]

In the week ending October 25th 2019, Jeffrey Vinik, the billionaire investor who relaunched his hedge fund earlier this year, said he is closing his stock-picking hedge fund less than eight months after he started it, the latest sign of challenges facing the hedge-fund industry. This news come

19 Oct. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hong Kong hedge funds lose assets while 'crazy rich' turn to Singapore: hedge fund news, week 39 [more]

In the week ending October 18th 2019, a report said that Hong Kong's hedge fund industry saw its biggest quarterly outflow since the global recession a decade ago, a shift that may deepen concern about investor sentiment in the protest-wracked financial hub. Hong Kong hedge funds' US$1 b

12 Oct. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Gaining just just 4.9% YTD, hedge funds record best performance in this span since 2013: hedge fund news, week 38 [more]

In the week ending October 11th 2019, Hedge Fund Research said that hedge funds gained 4.9% on average in the first three quarters of 2019, the best performance in this span since 2013. In September, hedge funds

28 Sep. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund launches gain surprising momentum in H1 2019: hedge fund news, week 37 [more]

In the week ending September 27th 2019, a study said that new hedge fund launches in H1 2019 have put the industry on pace to top the 561 launches from last year, which represent

21 Sep. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Ex-Diamondback duo launches $1bn long-short hedge fund: hedge fund news, week 36 [more]

In the week ending September 20th 2019, Larry Sapanski and Richard Schimel started a new hedge fund with $1 billion in commitments seven years after shutting their old fi

14 Sep. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund databases report mixed results for August: hedge fund news, week 35

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In the week ending September 13th 2019, a report said that the hedge fund industry posted negative returns in August, dropping 0.78%, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index, vers

08 Sep. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Do artificial intelligence hedge funds outperform? It depends - hedge fund news, week 34 [more]

In the week ending September 6th 2019, a study said that hedge funds that use AI-based computer models to help with trading have been outperforming the hedge fund benchm

01 Sep. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund investors see equity markets at peak but keep redeeming: hedge fund news, week 33 [more]

In the week ending August 30th 2019, a report revealed that almost three quarters (74 percent) of investors in alternatives believe equity markets are at a peak - up

24 Aug. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds suffer outflows again in July but performance gains buoy AUM : hedge fund news, week 32 [more]

In the week ending August 23rd 2019, eVestment published data showing that hedge fund investors withdrew another $8.42 billion from the industry in July. However, positive performance h

17 Aug. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund and private equity investors add social media menu: hedge fund news, week 31 [more]

In the week ending August 16th 2019, a new investor and operational due diligence (ODD) analyst survey revealed that investors shift focus to social media analysis during hedge fund

11 Aug. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: 46% of large hedge fund managers saw 'material' AUM declines in 2018: hedge fund news, week 30 [more]

In the week ending August 9th 2019, research from law firm Seward & Kissel showed that close to half - 46% - of the 200 largest hedge fund managers experienced a material decline in regulatory assets under management in 2018 compared to the prior year. The study also

04 Aug. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Will more hedge funds follow Coatue's lead into early stage venture? Hedge fund news, week 29 [more]

In the week ending August 2nd 2019, reports said hedge fund Coatue launched a $700m venture fund that will focus on early-stage investments. The New York-based firm submitted a filing for the vehicle with the SEC in November. Set up as a technology sector hedge fund by Philippe Laffont after lea

28 Jul. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: 57% of managers report outflows in June, marking 5th consecutive quarter of redemptions for hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 28 [more]

In the week ending July 26th 2019, Investors pulled $16.43bn from the hedge fund industry in June, bringing year-to-date (YTD) outflows to -$44.61bn, said eVestment. According to the Ju

20 Jul. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund assets reach new record on new inflows and performance gains: hedge fund news, week 27 [more]

In the week ending July 19th 2019, the HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report said hedge fund assets reached a new record in the second quarter, driven by performance gains and inves

13 Jul. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds report strongest first half of a calendar year: hedge fund news, week 26 [more]

In the week ending July 12th 2019, HFR reported that hedge funds rose 5.7% from January through June, according to Hedge Fund Research Inc.'s asset-weighted index of managers. Funds posted broad gains "to conclude the strongest first half of a calendar year, with varied and wide range of leadership

07 Jul. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: All hedge fund strategies show sweet gains in June: hedge fund news, week 25 [more]

In the week ending July 5th, 2019, Lyxor said that all hedge funds strategies delivered positive returns in June 2019 - L/S Equity Directional, L/S Credit and Market Neutral L/S out

30 Jun. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund performance dispersion narrows significantly in 1Q19: hedge fund news, week 24 [more]

In the week ending June 28th 2019, Hedge Fund Research showed that hedge fund performance dispersion narrows significantly in 1Q19 with the top decile posting an average gain of +21.12%, up from

23 Jun. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Investors redeem $46.4bn from hedge funds in Q1 2019: hedge fund news, week 23 [more]

In the week ending June 21st 2019, the June 2019 Eurekahedge report said that the global hedge fund industry AUM has grown by $0.5bn as of May 2019 year-to-date. Final Q1 2019 net outflows fi

16 Jun. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Nearly all hedge fund categories outperformed the S&P 500 in May: hedge fund news, week 22 [more]

In the week ending June 14th 2019, a report said that hedge fund returns fell last month after four straight months of positive results to start the year, but managed to outperform the broader U.S. stock market - posting much slimmer losses. Nearly all hedge fund categories outperformed the S&P

08 Jun. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: New Chapter for Barnes & Noble as hedge fund buys the bookstore chain: hedge fund news, week 21 [more]

In the week ending June 07th 2019, Barnes & Noble Inc. is acquired by hedge fund Elliott Management for $638 million and will be taken private. The acquisition follows Elliott's purchase of the British bookstore chain Waterstones in June 2018. Barnes & Noble has faced continued pressure from A

01 Jun. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: China-focused hedge funds propel emerging markets assets to record: hedge fund news, week 20 [more]

In the week ending May 31st 2019, the HFR Asian Hedge Fund Industry Report found that Chinese hedge funds have posted record gains into mid-2019, dominating the risk-on sentiment-fu

25 May. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds are gaining steadily this year but for one large credit fund things don't work out as planned: hedge fund news, week 19 [more]

In the week ending May 24th 2019, hedge funds are gaining steadily this year but still lagging well behind the broader market. The $3.2 trillion industry is up 7% through April while the S&P 500 popped 17.5%, according Preqin. Strong hedge fund performance was additive to industry

19 May. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds fail to turn February's net inflows into a two-month trend, but AUM bounces back in April: hedge fund news, week 18 [more]

In the week ending May 17th 2019, a report by BarclayHedge said that hedge funds extended their run of positive returns to four straight months in April following a five-month string of aggregate de

11 May. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds up 6.52% YTD, best first four months since 2006: hedge fund news, week 17 [more]

In the week ending May 10th 2019, Hedge funds gained an average of +1.26% in April, the fourth consecutive month of positive returns according to eVestment April 2019 hedge fund performance

04 May. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Four out of five investors plan to raise hedge fund allocation despite shaky 2018: hedge fund news, week 16 [more]

In the week ending May 3rd 2019, a research report found that investors were largely unsatisfied with performance in 2018. Half of them thought their investments failed t

27 Apr. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund redemptions accelerate dramatically in March while new launches crater: hedge fund news, week 15 [more]

In the week ending April 26th 2019, eVestment reported that hedge fund redemptions continued despite a strong start to the year, which saw Q1 2019 average hedge fund perfor

20 Apr. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Performance gains lift hedge fund assets despite four consecutive quarters of net asset outflows: hedge fund news, week 15 [more]

In the week ending April 19th 2019, a report from Hedge Fund Research said that hedge funds turned in their strongest first quarter in 13 years. HFR's index of hedge funds saw a 5.7 per

14 Apr. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: More hedge funds with market beating returns in 2018 become known: hedge fund news, week 14 [more]

In the week ending April 12th 2019, Further in performance news, Chase Coleman's firm's long-short fund, Tiger Global Investments, posted a 13.6 percent net gain last year. Renaissance Technologies' various funds returned between 8.5% and 10.3%, giving Renaissance founder Jim Sim

07 Apr. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: The new economics of start-up hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 13 [more]

In the week ending April 5th 2019, the 'Seward & Kissel 2018 New Hedge Fund Study' found that minimum investment amounts required by newly launched funds have sky

30 Mar. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: New hedge fund launches hit an 18-year low in 2018: hedge fund news, week 12 [more]

New hedge fund launches hit an 18-year low during 2018. The fund liquidations declined during 2018, hitting their lowest point since 2007. An estimated 561 h

17 Mar. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds snap back +4.55% after a hard-hearted 2018: hedge fund news, week 10 [more]

In the week ending March 15th 2019, a report revealed that the first two months of 2019 offered up the hedge funds industry's best returns to start a year since 2012, when average ret

09 Mar. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Some of the largest multi manager hedge funds advanced in February: hedge fund news, week 10 [more]

In the week ending March 08th 2019, various reports said many of the hedge fund industry's biggest multi-manager firms advanced in February. Ken Griffin-led Citadel's flagship multi-strategy funds, Izzy Englander's Millennium Management, ExodusPoint Capital Management, Point72 Asset Mana

03 Mar. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Private equity and hedge funds fail to improve gender balance in almost two years: hedge fund news, week 09 [more]

In the week ending March 1st, 2019, a latest analysis of female representation revealed that the hedge fund and private equity industries' overall gender balance has shown little to no

23 Feb. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds less volatile than S&P 500 while posting comparable gains over the long term: hedge fund news, week 08 [more]

In the week ending February 22nd 2019, a report said hedge funds have a lower volatility than the S&P 500 PR Index: 5.59% compared to 13.60%. Over the longer term, hedge funds have pos

16 Feb. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: How to determine the yearly income of hedge fund moguls: hedge fund news, week 07 [more]

In the week ending February 15th 2019, Bloomberg's inaugural ranking of hedge fund manager income shows that the top 10 managers reaped approximately $7.7bn last year. The company said

10 Feb. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds gained 2.9% in January: hedge fund news, week 06 [more]

In the week ending February 8th 2019, Bloomberg revealed that six out of seven strategies tracked by the firm have advanced. Hedge funds gained 2.9% in January, the first positive return since July, as the rally in stocks offered managers some relief. Also

03 Feb. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Insider says Bridgewater's success a result of unique and intense culture: hedge fund news, week 05 [more]

In the week ending February 1st 2019, Ray Dalio's Bridgewater fund topped all other hedge funds in 2018 in terms of total net gains, according to data provided by LCH Investments. Bridgewater - which is the world's largest hedge fund firm with $150bn in assets under management - led the annual ra

26 Jan. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund investors redeem like it's 2009: hedge fund news, week 04 [more]

In the week ending September 25th 2019, a research by eVestment showed that the hedge fund industry assets under management plummeted by -$88.7bn. Investors removed -$19.64bn from the

20 Jan. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Investors pulled $51.6bn from hedge funds in 2018: hedge fund news, week 03 [more]

Throughout 2018 the global hedge fund industry saw performance-based losses and net investor outflows totalling $58.9bn and $51.6bn respectively, in contrast to how the industry ass

12 Jan. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: In a contrarian move, contrarian hedge fund manager Jeff Vinik re-opens fund: hedge fund news, week 02 [more]

In the week ending January 11th 2019, investment titan Jeffrey Vinik said he is ready to manage money for outside clients again and plans to relaunch his hedge fund firm Vinik Asset Management after sitting out the last six years. While other hedge-fund titans are quitting, Jeff Vinik is going ba

05 Jan. 2019. Opalesque Roundup: Significant upside opportunities for hedge funds in Asia: hedge fund news, week 01 [more]

In the week ending January 04th 2019 Don Steinbrugge, CEO of Agecroft Partners, posted a list of industry trends highlighting, among other developments, the fact that many Asian markets are d

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    Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia: Boston-based HarbourVest Partners closed its latest private equity fund above the fundraising target - the $3 billion HarbourVest Partners Co-Investment Fund V was oversubscribed and above its $2.5 billion target. The fund's strategy is to create a global, diversif

  2. Opinion: Cliff Asness: It's 'time to sin'[more]

    From Institutional Investor: Timing the market can be "deceptively difficult," as quantitative investor Cliff Asness has pointed out before. But now, the AQR Capital Management co-founder believes that while factor timing is "an ugly thing," it is "about time we did some" - specifically when it com

  3. Investing: Hedge fund Whitebox places big bet on gunmaker Remington, Quant funds exit Japanese bonds in worst sell-off since 2013[more]

    Hedge fund Whitebox places big bet on gunmaker Remington From Reuters: Whitebox Advisors LLC, a credit-focused hedge fund, has been quietly capitalizing on Wall Street's ambivalence toward gun manufacturers by replacing some banks as a lender to Remington Outdoor Company. Whitebox

  4. Tech: Investors race to tech start-ups despite SoftBank stumbles, Two Sigma launches risk management software[more]

    Investors race to tech start-ups despite SoftBank stumbles From FT: Investors are planning to pour billions more dollars into later stage tech start-ups, even as Japan's SoftBank reels from a succession of faltering bets. Stephen Schwarzman's Blackstone plans to raise between $3bn and $4b

  5. Regulatory: Carried interest tax rules slated for 2020, official says[more]

    From Bloomberg: The Treasury Department is planning to issue regulations restricting how hedge fund managers can claim a valuable tax break early next year, a top Treasury official said. The regulations will likely bar money managers from using S corporations to take advantage of an exemption