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09 Oct. 2015 Vontobel launches SICAV-compliant version of flagship fund of hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Swiss group Vontobel Asset Management has launched on Wednesday the Harcourt Alternative Leaders Fund, a SICAV-compliant version of its flagship fund of hedge funds strategy. The fund will be managed alternatives investment brand Harcourt, said
09 Oct. 2015 Warrington Asset names Christian Johnson as director of business development [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Dallas-based option-focused hedge fund Warrington Asset Management has confirmed that Christian Johnson has joined the firm as global head of strategic business development. Johnson has a 25-year history
08 Oct. 2015 USA Mutuals converts hedge fund to mutual fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - USA Mutuals announced the launch of its newest mutual fund, the USA Mutuals/WaveFront Hedged Emerging Markets Fund (WAVFX). The Fund is a conversion of its hedge fund predecessor, managed by WaveFront Capital Management, and will maintain the same investment management te
08 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund performance down in September, fourth month in a row [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds fell for the fourth straight months in September with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index down -1.1% last month , the longest such sustained decline since the financial crisis in 2008. Data provider Hedge Fund Research (HFR) said that the performance
08 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass wins patent review for Shire drug [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Score another round for Kyle Bass. On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted a petition to review a Shire Plc colitis drug, after it ruled that his hedge fund Hayman Capital had a "reasonable likelihood" of proving the patent owned by Cosmo Phar
08 Oct. 2015 AIFMD fails to provide positive impact on EU investors accessing private equity [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of panelists who attended recent September’s Regulation Summit of the SuperReturn CFO/COO Forum 2015 in Amsterdam, have agreed that the European AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive) has not resulted in many positives. In a discussion
08 Oct. 2015 AIMA also issues guide on cybersecurity for hedge fund firms [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Following the footsteps of the UK Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB), which added a Cyber Security Memo to its Toolbox in September, the
07 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds relatively resilient in Q3 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds fell in the third quarter as market conditions remain challenging, but still outperformed the S&P 500. The Lyxor Hedge Fund index was down 3.6% during Q3 while the S&P 500 fell 8.2%. According to Lyxor, "hedge funds were quite resilient in Q3. Falling en
07 Oct. 2015 Bain Capital shuts down Absolute Return Capital hedge fund after three years of losses [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Boston-Massachusetts-based Bain Capital is shutting down its $2.2bn Absolute Return Capital hedge fund, which invests in fixed income, equity and commodity markets, after three consecutive years of losses, variou
07 Oct. 2015 Alternative UCITS fall in September but outperform markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The LuxHedge Global UCITS Index fell by
06 Oct. 2015 Hedge funds reduce bets against euro and yen [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have reduced their bets against the euro and the yen as the two currencies have defied the quantitative easing by the European Central bank. Data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) showed that short positions against the euro fell by mo
06 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund Barnegat survives September’s market selloff [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s $679 million Barnegat Fund proved resilient after another month of market letdown as the hedge fund gained 2.2% last month, bringing its year-to-date gains to 2.8%. Treue said in his monthly report to i
05 Oct. 2015 U.S. hedge funds prepare for worst finish this year since 2008 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-focused hedge funds are preparing for their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis, following a series of letdown including the market sell-off in August and the sell-off in healthcare and biotechnology sectors last month, reported
05 Oct. 2015 DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach warns of another round of market shakedown [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is painting a bleak future as he warned that the U.S. equity market and other risk markets, such as high-yield "junk" bonds, are facing another round of selling pressure. Gundlach said in an interview with
05 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund Litespeed raises stake in Bradken [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New York-based hedge fund Litespeed Management has again raised its stake in Bradken, the struggling mining services and heavy equipment manufacturer, from 10.82% to 11.91%, reported the
02 Oct. 2015 Glencore slides as hedge funds profit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Anglo–Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company Glencore slid into negative territory as hedge funds and short sellers gain, reported
02 Oct. 2015 Alternative mutual fund Catalyst Funds launches two new liquid alternative funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Alternative mutual fund firm Catalyst Funds has announced the launch of two new liquid alternative funds. The first, the Catalyst IPOx Allocation Fund (OIPAX), primarily invests in the common stocks of newl
01 Oct. 2015 Hedge fund Two Sigma hires Alfred Spector as Chief Technology Officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Two Sigma, a technology-driven investment manager with approximately $28 billion in assets under management, today announced that Dr. Alfred Spector has joined the company as Chief Technology Officer and Head of the Engineering Organization, effective immediately. In this
01 Oct. 2015 Aventis Asset Management hires head of business development [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aventis Asset Management, LLC (Aventis), a Chicago-based commodity hedge fund, has hired Keith Byers as Managing Director Business Development. Effective September 1, 2015, Byers is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all Business Development effo
01 Oct. 2015 Institutional investors open to investing in smaller hedge funds, even if they still mainly invest in large ones [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Preqin, a research provider, has interviewed around 300 hedge fund managers and looked into its fund size benchmark to gauge the
01 Oct. 2015 Highland vs. Credit Suisse: Hedge fund firm to seek additional pre-judgment interest [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Many investors lost out on real estate or mortgage-related deals during the credit crisis, and many sued their deal providers for inflated appraisal or misrepresentation. This one is a lingering case in which Credit Suisse, a Swiss investment bank, is again i
30 Sep. 2015 Multi-strat hedge fund Deimos hires James Warner [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deimos Asset Management LLC, a multi-strategy hedge fund manager, announced today that James A. Warner III has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager. At Deimos, Warner will focus on building and managing a portfolio of investments in companies in t
30 Sep. 2015 UBS to pay $15 million settlement over Puerto Rican bonds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UBS Puerto Rico will pay a $15 million settlement to UBS over mishandling of its Puerto Rican bond investments and causing harm to investors. According to the SEC, UBS Puerto Rico was the underwriter for bonds that the country was attempting to sell on the open
30 Sep. 2015 Corporate Resolutions Inc. and iThreat Launch "Cyber Risk Intelligence" [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As our collective dependence on the digital landscape continues to grow, we have been inundated with an increasing number of news headlines referencing large-scale cyber security breaches. Sony, Ashley Madison, JP Morgan – all have delivered crushing blows to businesses a
30 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds looking to profit from Power Assets, CKI merger [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are looking to profit from the proposed buyout of Hong Kong's Power Assets Holdings by Li Ka-shing’s Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings (CKI) and hoped the latter will sweeten their $11.6 billion bid, reports
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