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23 Oct. 2014 ICBC launches first UCITS onshore RMB fixed income fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s European subsidy ICBC (Europe) S.A., has become the first EU registered Chinese bank to launch an onshore RMB fixed income UCITS fund, after receiving approval in principle from CSSF, the Luxembourg regulator.
22 Oct. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 3.82% YTD, net asset flows of $60.7bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - - Hedge funds were up 3.82% year-to-date, registering performance-based gains of US$56.4 billion while witnessing net asset inflows of US$60.7 billion in 2014. - Currently, assets under management of funds of hedge funds have recovered to US$529.3 billion, an i
22 Oct. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 2.14% in September; (4.45% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 2.14% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. After three quarters, the Index is up 4.45%. “Although the year-to-date return is modest, more than 75 percent of the CTAs that have reported data through Sept
22 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds, alternative investments only assets gaining value for Kentucky pension [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With a decline of 1.41% in the third quarter, and down by about 3% when October is included, the Kentucky Retirement Systems is having a challenging time, according to chief investment officer David Peden. According to a report in Kentucky.com, hedge funds and other
22 Oct. 2014 Indian hedge fund outperforms with 65.10% YTD as country enters "investment super-cycle" [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Atyant Capital, a specialty investment manager that focuses on the Indian equity markets and precious metals, outperformed in the third quarter with 3.56% gains (+65.10% YTD) compared to the MSCI SmallCap India USD which posted 0.11% (+47.79% YTD), during the sam
22 Oct. 2014 Group of hedge funds close to sealing deal with Detroit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of hedge funds is seen to approve a breakthrough deal between the embattled city of Detroit and a bond insurer, bringing the city a step closer to ending its bankruptcy, the
21 Oct. 2014 Russell buying pace increase - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows that funds are increasing their positions in the Russell 2000. Russell short covering continues with strongest weekly buying in three months, that trend is likely to continue analysts sa
21 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds fell 1.18% in September on Fed tightening and ECB loosening [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds fell 1.18% in September on Fed tightening and loosening of the European Central Bank’s policy on equity markets, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index co
21 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds see outflows for the first time since December '13 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New hedge fund asset flows data from eVestment shows that hedge funds saw asset outflows in September for the first time since 2013. Redemptions in September were likely the result of losses in July. The impact of September's losses may become evident in the
21 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds raise $18bn capital in Q3 to $2.82tln as volatility rises [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry posted steady capital inflows in the third quarter as financial market volatility rose, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report by Hedge Fund Research. In a
20 Oct. 2014 Trent Hancock calls for van Eyk liquidation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Trent Hancock of Moore Stephens Corporate Recovery, the appointed liquidator of van Eyk, has called for the liquidation of the financial services and research house ahead of a scheduled meeting on Tuesday to determine the course of the company. According to a
17 Oct. 2014 Blackstone's assets rise 15% in Q3 to reach $284bn, set to capitalize on rising volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment and alternative investment firm Blackstone Group reported that its assets rose by 15% year-to-date as at end September 30, bringing its total assets under management to $284bn. Blackstone chairman and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman s
17 Oct. 2014 Riches Depot Group Holding Limited takes majority interest in Pacific Sun Adviors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Riches Depot Group Holding Limited, headed up by Liu Xuezhong, is taking a substantial interest in Pacific Sun Advisors, based in Hong Kong. The transaction is pending regulatory approval. Pacific Sun is an independent advisor based in Hong Kong with an af
16 Oct. 2014 ABC Quant launches new cloud risk platform powered by LuxHedge Database [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LuxHedge S.A., a premier provider of Alternative UCITS funds' data, announces that ABC Quant, LLC, a leading provider of risk management analytical solutions for the hedge fund industry, launched Risk Shell LuxHedge Edition. The new cloud-based application, powere
16 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds said to have magnified yesterday’s market swings [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Yesterday saw a steep plunge, followed by a sharp rally in a number of markets. Apparently, hedge funds had a heavy hand in those swings. By 10pm ET last night (Wednesday, October 15th) – according to a recap in the
15 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds hold steady despite US$13 billion redemptions in Q3 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds outperformed underlying markets in September with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index returning a flat 0% while the MSCI World Index finished the month down 1.86%. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 3.87%, falling just slightly behind underlying markets
15 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds falter, especially in the energy sector [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Things are not looking good for hedge funds the last three quarters. But the sector that gives most pain for the industry is energy. In a report, CNBC said that the SPDR Oil & Gas Exploration ETF, a coll
15 Oct. 2014 Investors less confident in global economy as end of quantitative easing nears [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The imminent end of quantitative easing in the U.S. have left investors much less confident in their outlook for the global economy and corporate profitability, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for October. In a
15 Oct. 2014 Sparx optimistic about outlook for Japan [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to SPARX, there are causes to be optimistic about the outlook for the Japanese market and the country's economy in general. Sparx Asset Management is a Tokyo-based asset manager, part of
14 Oct. 2014 Consultants still view hedge funds 'very favorably' [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A survey by hedge funds information provider Infovest21 found that a majority or 41% of consultants still view hedge funds "very favorably" while another 32% view hedge funds "somewhat favorably". The result o
14 Oct. 2014 Short term CTAs, emerging market funds outperform [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Short term CTAs and less correlated strategies such as multi strategy, dividend futures and emerging market funds have been able to navigate the market turmoil the past week, according to data compiled by Lyxor Asset Manag
14 Oct. 2014 Wealth growth in U.S. pushes global household wealth to $263tln, 20% above pre-crisis peak [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The aggregate global household wealth rose by 8.3% in current dollar terms to $263tln from mid-2013 to mid-2014, the highest increase recorded since the financial crisis and despite an ongoing challenging economic environment. Giles Keating, global head of Re
14 Oct. 2014 Janus acquires VelocityShares [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Denver-based Janus Capital Group, the new home of Bill Gross, is out with news of its second major acquisition – VS Holdings the parent company of VelocityShares. VelocityShares is a provider of institutional ETPs and ETFs that manage volatility. Opalesque
13 Oct. 2014 TABB Group Research finds that boutique asset managers continue grappling with regulatory hurdles [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - According to the third annual edition of research undertaken by research and advisory firm TABB Group at SunGard’s request, regulation is the greatest threat to success for
13 Oct. 2014 Funds of hedge funds started to compete with hedge fund managers [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A white paper released by hedge fund research firm Infovest21 says the relationships between funds of funds and hedge fund managers, funds of funds and consultants, and funds of funds and institutions are changing

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    From Bloomberg.com: Owning almost anything in the U.S. stock market has been a losing proposition since September. Owning smaller energy companies has been a catastrophe. Hercules Offshore Inc. and Resolute Energy Corp. are among 19 oil-and-gas equities in the Russell 2000 Index that lost more than

  2. Investing - Hedge funds favor equity long/short, Strategic bond managers hedge against further high yield sell-off[more]

    Hedge funds favor equity long/short From Securitieslendingtimes.com: Equity long/short strategies will generate good returns for hedge funds in the future, according to a panel at this year’s Risk Management Association Conference on Securities Lending in Naples, Florida. Panellists Sand

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  4. Goldman in talks to acquire IndexIQ[more]

    From Bloomberg.com: Can Goldman Sachs put ETF investors on a liquid diet? Goldman is in talks to acquire IndexIQ, Reuters has reported. Index IQ is a small exchange-traded-fund firm known mostly for products that replicate hedge fund strategies, called "liquid alternative" ETFs. While IndexIQ has 11

  5. Other Voices: CALPERS dilemma should be a warning to hedge funds wanting institutional investors[more]

    From Ian Hamilton, founder of IDS Group. A quick comment on the CALPERS’ disinvestment from the hedge fund market and the jitters it is causing. Pension Funds should not be sheep and follow CALPERS’ decision as the issues that CALPERS has with hedge fund investments are in many ways unique t