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02 Dec. 2016 GAMMA launches two alternative investment funds investing into Iceland [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - GAMMA Capital Management in London has launched two Irish domiciled funds focusing on investments into Iceland. The funds are designed to take advantage of the current favourable economic environment in Iceland, high economic growth, high interest rate differential betwee
02 Dec. 2016 AllianzGI to acquire Sound Harbor Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI), an active investment manager, announced that Sound Harbor Partners, a US private credit manager led by Michael Zupon and Dean Criares, have agreed to join its fast-growing Private Debt Platform. Under the terms of the transaction, All
02 Dec. 2016 Golden State Wealth Management welcomes wealth manager Mario Vasquez, leaving J.P. Morgan Securities [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Golden State Wealth Management is excited to welcome its newest Wealth Manager, Mario Vasquez of Mission Viejo, California. “I am excited to welcome Mario to the Golden State Wealth Management team. Mario’s knowledge and experience are exceptional and his commit
02 Dec. 2016 SS&C completes acquisition of Wells Fargo's Global Fund Services business [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc., a global provider of financial services software and software-enabled services, announced it completed the acquisition of Wells Fargo's Global Fund Services business, a provider of comprehensive administration, middle-office,
02 Dec. 2016 Francesco Trapani joins Tages Holding with a 9% stake [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Francesco Trapani enters the capital structure of Tages Holding with a 9% participation through a reserved capital increase. He will also join Tages Holding Board together with the current shareholders: Umberto Quadrino, Panfilo Tarantelli, Sergio Ascolani and Salvato
02 Dec. 2016 Long Trumps Short or the Trump and Dump? The Trump Trades Set Up for 2017 [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Peter Lupoff, Portfolio Manager of Tiburon Capital Management writes on Harvest Exchange: Coming into the new year, I historically write what we call the "Tiburon Panorama" –a look at what would appear to us to be ways to make money long and short in the new year, a
02 Dec. 2016 Julian Robertson-seeded hedge fund, Tyrian Investments, is closing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Tyrian Investments, the hedge fund backed by investing legend Julian Robertson of Tiger Management, is closing down because of mounting redemption pressures, insiders have confirmed. In a report,
01 Dec. 2016 Institutional investors to boost bets on hedge funds, private equity [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Institutional investors worldwide are expecting to make more asset allocation changes in the next one to two years than in 2012 and 2014, according to the new Fidelity Global Institutional Investor Survey. Now in its 14th year, the Fidelity Global Institutional Investor S
01 Dec. 2016 Waterloo Capital appoints new chief investment officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Waterloo Capital, one of the largest fee-only Registered Investment Advisors in the U.S., announced that Bennett Woodward has joined the firm as a partner and will assume the role of Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Woodward brings a wealth of experience from within the inve
01 Dec. 2016 Putnam Investments targets institutional clients, investors in Europe, Middle East and Africa [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global $151bn money management firm Putnam Investments is pushing into Europe, Middle East and Africa in an effort to serve institutional clients and investors in the region. In a
30 Nov. 2016 Administrator SANNE acquires International Financial Services (IFS) for $127m [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - MCB Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of MCB Group, the largest banking group in Mauritius, is acting as Transaction Advisor to SANNE, on the US$127.3 million acquisition of International Financial Services (IFS), a leading Mauritius-based provider of fund and c
30 Nov. 2016 Barclay CTA Index Down 1.24% in October (+1.30% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 1.24% in October according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is down 1.30% year to date. Six of Barclay’s eight CTA indices had negative returns in October. The Diversified Traders Index was down 1.96%, Sys
30 Nov. 2016 Connecticut and Chinese hedge fund associations to partner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Connecticut Hedge Fund Association (CTHFA) and the Zhejiang International Hedge Fund Talents Association (HTA) have announced a strategic partnership. The CTHFA represents the world’s second largest hedge fund center (as measured by number of firms with USD$1bn+ asse
30 Nov. 2016 Wealth Management's Changing Landscape: Women & Millennials [more]
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Betsy Moszeter of Green Alpha Advisors writes on Harvest Exchange: Co-written by Betsy Moszeter (COO, Green Alpha Advisors) & Danielle Burns (VP Sales & Marketing, First Affirmative Financial Network) As consumers and investors, women are changing the way societ
29 Nov. 2016 Barclay Hedge Fund Index down 0.32% in October (+4.03% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds lost 0.32% in October according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. Year to date, the Index is up 4.03%. Ten of Barclay’s 17 hedge fund indices lost ground in October. The Healthcare and Biotechnology Index dropped 6.09%, giving
29 Nov. 2016 Nectar Financial hires senior investment team [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nectar Financial AG, a Swiss financial technology company for wealth and asset management, has announced that it has hired two key senior leaders to spearhead its digital asset management efforts. The company also announced that it has entered into a cooperation with Fund
29 Nov. 2016 Hedge funds gain on Trump market rally, positive U.S. data [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds enjoyed meaningful returns in the week ending November 22, with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index moving up 0.7% over the period (-1.6% YTD). From a broad perspective, all strategies ended the week on a positive note except for CTAs that ended flat. Event d
29 Nov. 2016 Chinese hedge fund managers can benefit from international investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Chinese hedge fund managers can benefit from exposure to international investors, particularly in terms of understanding what institutional investors expect in areas such as risk management, governance and investor disclosure, according to a seminar sponsored by the
29 Nov. 2016 Attempt to stall DOL Fiduciary Rule fails a second time [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Another judge has refused to delay the implementation of the US Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. The rule, which assigns a fiduciary standard of care to some investment advisory relationships, has been under attack by the investment industry since the r
28 Nov. 2016 Palmer Square Capital expands institutional focus with new hires [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Palmer Square Capital Management, an investment management firm that provides structured credit, corporate credit and hedge fund strategies such as long/short credit to a wide range of investors, today announced that Brad McClintock has joined the firm as a senior vice pr
28 Nov. 2016 Old Mutual Global Investors launches risk premia UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Old Mutual Global Investors (OMGI), part of Old Mutual Wealth, has today announced its intentions to launch the Old Mutual Style Premia Absolute Return Fund at the beginning of December. The Ireland-domiciled UCITS fund will be the latest addition to the business
28 Nov. 2016 Conquest Capital Group hires Boardman to focus on institutional clients [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Conquest Capital Group, a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA) and systematic alternative asset management firm, today announced the appointment of Timothy Boardman as Director of Business Development and Client Relations. Mr. Boardman will be leading global distribution and c
28 Nov. 2016 Cayman’s Appeal Court upholds clawback order against hedge fund Weavering investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has rejected Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken's (SEB) appeal against Justice Nigel Clifford's decision to order that redemption proceeds of approximately $8m should be repaid to the liquidation estate of troubled hedge fund We
25 Nov. 2016 Legends Fund adds Discovery Capital as new Legend [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Theta Capital Management, the largest independent hedge fund specialist in the Netherlands, has added the Discovery Capital Global Opportunity Fund (“Discovery”) to its flagship Legends Fund. Discovery is run by Robert Citrone, supported by a team of over 80 people, most
25 Nov. 2016 Hedge fund closures may outnumber launches in 2016 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: According to data from Eurekahedge, 2016 may be the first year this side of the century with more hedge fund closures than launches. As at 21st November, the da
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