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22 Jul. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Institutions and family offices shift to hedge funds and alternatives despite valuation concerns: hedge fund news, week 30 [more]

In the week ending 21 July, 2017, the global trend to shift into alternative assets is gathering pace more institutional investors are turning to private equit

15 Jul. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Majority of hedge fund investors to "significantly or moderately" shift money to quant funds: hedge fund news, week 29 [more]

In the week ending 14 July, 2017, in FinTech, a report by Jefferies pointed to a chart from Google Trends as a visualisation how interest in "data science&q

08 Jul. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: One third of surveyed hedge funds break even with $50m or less assets: hedge fund news, week 28 [more]

In the week ending 07 July, 2017, a study by AIMA has found that most alternative investment management firms are able to turn a profit and expand with considerably less th

01 Jul. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Investors shift assets as quants start dominating hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 27 [more]

In the week ending 30 June 2017, in FinTech, the 2017 Hedge Fund 100, Institutional Investor's Alpha's 16th-annual ranking of the world's 100-largest hedge funds by assets is dominated by quants. Quantitative hedge funds all saw their assets grew last year, dominating the sector.

25 Jun. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Number of hedge fund now 9,733 as launches rose in Q1: hedge fund news, week 26 [more]

In the week ending 23 June, 2017, the number of hedge fund launches in Q1 increased to 189 but was overshadowed by 259 liquidations with the total hedge fund count now at 9,733. In Singapore, Qualgro and Gordian Capital announced the spin out of the QUALGRO ASEAN FUND I, L.P. from the Gordia

18 Jun. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Not all hedge funds reject the bitcoin rally: hedge fund news, week 25 [more]

In the week ending 16 June, 2017, in FinTech, hedge funds are quietly investing in bitcoin which gained over 180% last year. Most hedge fund managers have not invested in bitcoin, but those who did were some of the best performers, beating the market. Jeffrey Tarrant is betting that a new

10 Jun. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Proportion of European pensions allocating to hedge funds grew by 4.6% year on year [more]

In the week ending 09 June 2017, consultant Mercer found that 4.6% more European pensions allocate to hedge funds now compared to one year ago. This is interestingly the largest gr

03 Jun. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund icons warn of market risks and keep dry powder: hedge fund news, week 23 [more]

In the week ending 02 June, 2017, hedge fund icons Paul Singer and Seth Klarman warned about global financial risks. Singer, pointing to the last crisis of 2008, has put dry powde

27 May. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Artificial intelligence continues its march through hedge fund land: hedge fund news, week 22 [more]

In the week ending 26 May, 2017, in FinTech, industry experts are predicting that hedge fund investors would soon bet on a machine and not on a man; Guillaume Vidal said that France's

20 May. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Former NYC pension chief wants to seed five to seven women- and minority-led hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 21 [more]

In the week ending 19 May, 2017, Seema Hingorani, a former chief investment officer of New York City's five pension plans, is said to be raising $500m to help five to seven new women-

13 May. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: How a long/short hedge fund model based on blue-green algae cell biology made 32% in one day: hedge fund news, week 20 [more]

In the week ending 13 May, 2017, Opalesque reported how Professor Desmond Lun is using cell biology to understand the financial markets. Much like the genes and

06 May. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Investors redeemed from hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia giving up double digit quarterly returns: hedge fund news, week 19 [more]

In the week ending 05 May, 2017, hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia posted the strongest quarterly performance since 2Q15, benefitting from improving investo

29 Apr. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: More hedge funds enter digital currencies sector: hedge fund news, week 18 [more]

In the week ending 28 April, 2017, Alphabit has announced plans to raise $300m for its newly launched global fund that invests in digital currencies on the back of growing demand for virtual assets that allow for instant, borderless transactions. The market capitalisation of digital currenc

22 Apr. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Smaller hedge funds only segment with net inflows as industry assets peak : hedge fund news, week 17 [more]

In the week ending 17 April, 2017, hedge fund assets reached $3.07tln in the first quarter of 2017 as the industry sustained its expansion to a third co

16 Apr. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Family offices turn again to hedge funds: hedge fund news, week 15 [more]

In the week ending 14 April, 2017, Alessandra Tocco of JPMorgan Chase said that family offices are back to their historic levels of interest in hedge funds. Fa-mag said it's a

08 Apr. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Next generation hedge fund managers more innovative and flexible with fees: hedge fund news, week 14 [more]

In the week ending 07 April, 2017, a study a study by Peltz International has found that institutional investors will continue to pressure managers

02 Apr. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: How hedge fund investors get consistently fooled by fund names: hedge fund news, week 13 [more]

In the week ending 31 March, 2017, a new research has shown that investors allocate more flows to hedge funds whose names exhibit gravitas - defined as a combination of words from geopolitics and economics,

26 Mar. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund liquidations surpass 2009 numbers as industry shrinks below 10,000 funds: hedge fund news, week 12 [more]

In the week ending 24 March, 2017 it was reported that the number of hedge fund liquidations in 2016 have surpassed the 2009 financial crisis level. For

18 Mar. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Are new hedge funds abandoning equity strategies? Hedge fund news, week 11 [more]

In the week ending 17 March, 2017, a Seward & Kissel study showed that a rising number of newly launched hedge funds are employing non-equity-based investment strateg

11 Mar. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: A new hedge fund seeder emerges out of Chicago: hedge fund news, week 10 [more]

In the week ending 10 March, 2017, Scott Schweighauser, who from 1994 until 2016 has been a key figure at Chicago based hedge fund of funds Aurora, has launched Bore

05 Mar. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Despite improvements in performance and fee structures, hedge funds of funds to further consolidate: hedge fund news, week 09 [more]

Reports in the week ending 03 March, 2017, said the fund of hedge funds sector remains in a period of consolidation; the report added that hedge funds inve

25 Feb. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Former Citadel head of equities could top this year's hedge fund launches with $1bn fund: hedge fund news, week 08 [more]

In the week ending 24 February, 2017, former Citadel money manager Brandon Haley is gearing up for the biggest hedge fund launch so far this year with $1bn in capital. Philippe Laffont, Louis Bacon, and Steve Cohen, are planning to invest in Ben Melkman's Light Sky Macro; Willis Towers Wa

18 Feb. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: All hedge fund strategies except macro and managed futures up nicely in January: hedge fund news, week 07 [more]

In the week ending 17 February, 2017, data from eVestment showed that over 70% of hedge funds reported positive performance. Particularly emerging markets did well, returning 3.37

11 Feb. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Two of the last hedge funds of funds standing join forces to launch $30bn liquid alts firm: hedge fund news, week 06 [more]

In the week ending 10 February, 2017, KKR and PAAMCO have partnered to launch a new liquid alternatives investment firm by combining PAAMCO and KKR Prisma. Unde

04 Feb. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Three systematic funds now among the top 20 all time performers: hedge fund news, week 05 [more]

In the week ending 03 February, 2017, computer-based hedge funds have been admitted to a list of the all-time top 20 best performers for the first time. Edmond de Rothschild group's LCH Investments, a fund of hedge funds, gave DE Shaw, Citadel and Two Sigma the ranks 3, 5 and 20 in a me

28 Jan. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge funds can't keep up with UCITS sales in Europe: hedge fund news, week 04 [more]

In the week ending 27 January, 2017, it was reported that in Europe UCITS are beating hedge funds in net capital raising. A joint AIMA-Preqin study has shown that hedge funds

21 Jan. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund fee debate enters new round as investors focus on pass-through fees: hedge fund news, week 03 [more]

In the week ending 20 January, 2016, in other miscellaneous hedge fund news, the hedge fund fee debate has entered a new round as investors focus on pass-through fee

14 Jan. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Hedge fund launches in 2016 lowest since 2008: hedge fund news, week 02 [more]

In the week ending 13 January, 2016, data from Hedge Fund Research showed that the number of hedge fund launches in 2016 is set to be the lowest since 2008 with only 576 new funds in the first three quarters. On the FinTech side, LendingRobot has launched an automated hedge fund to buy cr

07 Jan. 2017. Opalesque Roundup: Hope for hedge funds as mutual fund study finds that size will not always impact returns: hedge fund news, week 01 [more]

In the week ending 06 January 2017, a study a study of mutual fund performance in 2016 by research firm Birinyi Associates runs against the conventional wisdom that size would "k

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    Hedge fund CQS favors structured credit From BArrons.com: A hedge fund manager that can invest across the investment landscape says in his latest semi annual report this week that he's finding opportunities in structured credit -- particularly the shorter term, floating rate kind. Exampl

  2. Launches - Bitcoin hedge fund launches ethereum-subscribed ICO investment vehicle, Jersey players institutionalize first regulated crypto-currency hedge fund[more]

    Bitcoin hedge fund launches ethereum-subscribed ICO investment vehicle From Coindesk.com: The operators of a regulated, Jersey-based bitcoin hedge fund have officially closed a new $5 million fund aimed at investing in cryptocurrency tokens and initial coin offerings (ICOs). Backed by fun

  3. SWFs - China Wealth fund backs TPG lender as part of U.S. property push[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: China Investment Corp., the sovereign wealth fund that controls $814 billion in assets, is betting on U.S. real estate by investing in a commercial real estate lender formed by the money management firm TPG. In conjunction with last week's initial public offering of TPG RE Financ

  4. Months to minutes: Enigma launch aims to boost crypto hedge fund creation[more]

    From Coindesk.com: What if starting a hedge fund was as easy as downloading an API? A startup incubated at MIT Media Lab is today revealing a product designed with this ease-of-use in mind. Called Catalyst, the first product offering by blockchain startup Enigma aims to trigger nothing short of an e

  5. Seward & Kissel launches new compliance service[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The law firm that formed the first hedge fund - Seward & Kissel - has launched a new compliance service for asset managers. Seward & Kissel Regulatory Compliance, or SKRC, offers full-scale regulatory compliance consulting solutions provided by the firm's attor