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30 Jul. 2015 Investors recognise advanced beta equity investing as a promising avenue [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In a new study produced as part of the Société Générale Prime Services (Newedge) research chair on “Advanced Modelling for Alternative Investments”, EDHEC-Risk Institute attempts to give an overall view on alternative equity beta strategies, to
30 Jul. 2015 ESMA advises on extension of AIFMD passport to non-EU jurisdictions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published its Advice in relation to the application of the AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive) passport to non-EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIFMs) and Alternative Investment Funds (AIF
30 Jul. 2015 As asset flows to ETFs climb, hedge fund managers eye liquid alts [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: ETF assets are up $116 billion year-to-date as investors continue to drive up the use of these instruments, outperforming a range of options available. Assets in absolute dollars have increased by $265 billion over the past year, outpacing the $200 billion in lo
29 Jul. 2015 Asiya Investments to launch Emerging Asia Fund on Trium UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Trium Capital and Asiya Investments have partnered to launch the Asiya Emerging Asia Fund in Autumn 2015 on the Trium UCITS Platform. Founded in 2005, Asiya is an asset management firm with assets of more than US$1billion invested in the public and private markets of e
29 Jul. 2015 Credit Suisse mid-year survey: Global macro continues to be institutional investors' most favored strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Credit Suisse announced the results of its mid-year Hedge Fund Investor Sentiment Survey, which polled over 200 global institutional investors representing nearly USD 700 billion in hedge fund investments. This survey follows Credit Suisse's Annual Global Inves
29 Jul. 2015 Man Group’s assets grow on stronger fee revenue, acquisitions [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Man Group Plc, the largest publicly traded hedge fund manager, saw its funds under management (FuM) go up 8% in the first half of this year, from $72.9bn at the end of 2014 to $78.8bn at the end of Jun
29 Jul. 2015 Fund of hedge funds gained $5.61 billion in AUM during Q1 2015 - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: eVestment released it's Funds of Hedge Funds Report which shows that funds of hedge funds gained $5.61 billion in assets under management during Q1 2015 for a total of $943.40 billion, accounting for approximately 30.41% of hedge fund industry assets.
28 Jul. 2015 Marinus adds former MKP portfolio manager Aaron Garvey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Marinus Capital Advisors LLC, an alternative fixed income asset manager specializing in the broad spectrum of structured products, has announced that Aaron Garvey has joined the firm as a senior macro trader. Mr. Garvey was formerly a senior portfolio manager at MKP C
28 Jul. 2015 CTAs lead hedge fund recovery as commodities slump [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds are on track to deliver solid returns in July, up 1.4% month to date (0.4% of as end July 21). CTAs and global macro managers outperformed other hedge fund strategies, said Lyxor Asset Management. In it
28 Jul. 2015 McGraw Hill Financial buys SNL Financial for $2.2bn [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: McGraw Hill Financial has acquired SNL Financial from New Mountain Capital for $2.2 billion in cash. SNL is a provider of financial news, data and analysis. The economic impact to McGraw Hill Financial will be partially offset by tax benefits with an estimated p
27 Jul. 2015 Churchill Asset Management hires CRO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Churchill Asset Management LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of TIAA-CREF focused on originating, underwriting and managing senior loan investments, today appointed Christopher Cox as a Senior Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer. The appointment is effective immediate
27 Jul. 2015 Asian hedge fund startups raise a record–breaking $5.32 billion in first half of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Asian hedge fund startups raise a record–breaking $5.32 billion in first half of 2015, making it one of the biggest launch seasons in the history of Asia, shows the latest AsiaHedge New Fund Survey. Key Highlights -The era of mega hedge fund spinouts has arriv
24 Jul. 2015 Adrien Pichoud appointed new Chief Economist at SYZ Asset Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - SYZ Asset Management, the asset management division of the SYZ Group, has announced the appointment of Adrien Pichoud as Chief Economist. Adrien Pichoud also sits on the Strategy Committee, which defines the Group's investment policy. Under the direction of Fabriz
24 Jul. 2015 Edward DeNoble to launch hedge fund Frontlight Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Convexity Capital Management executive Edward DeNoble starting his own hedge fund firm, Frontlight Capital, which aims to start trading early next year, reported the
24 Jul. 2015 Australian long/short global equity fund returns 10.7% YTD from longs in Japan, U.S. banks and healthcare [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The Morphic Global Opportunities Fund, a long/short global equity hedge fund, returned 10.77% in H1 2015, outperforming its benchmark (MSCI All Countries World Total Return Net Index in A$) by 1.46% net of fees. It has annualized 26.6% (net) since its August
24 Jul. 2015 ESMA delays recommendation on non-EU passporting; consults on UCITS remuneration guidelines [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) was due to provide its initial recommendation to the European Commission, Council and Parliament, as to which jurisdictions should be considered for a Passport under the AIFMD (Alternative Investment Fund M
23 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess leaves Perella Weinberg [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager Daniel Arbess is leaving Perella Weinberg Partners to concentrate on investments in private markets. Arbess founded the Xerion funds in late 2002, and sold the business to Perella Weinberg in 2007, then stayed on as a partner after Xerion was
23 Jul. 2015 Bridgewater turns bearish on China [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The world’s biggest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates and one of the most vocal of China’s potential is now turning its back against the world’s second largest economy as it joins a growing list of high-profile investors who are challenging China’s potentials.
22 Jul. 2015 Industry veterans launch commodity investment firm Argon Capital Management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Ex-Graham Capital commodity veteran, Marcos Bueno, and former Barclays’ Global Head of Fixed Income Structuring, Aurelia Lamorre-Cargill, announced the launch of Argon Capi
22 Jul. 2015 Maples Fund Services opens San Francisco office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, an independent global fund services provider and division of MaplesFS, has announced the opening of its office in San Francisco, its first on the West Coast. Maples said this expansion further solidifies the firm’s North American presence and bolster
22 Jul. 2015 Hedge fund AuM have increased by $93 billion in first six months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Key highlights for June 2015, from the July 2015 Eurekahedge Report: Hedge fund assets under management have increased by US$93 billion in the first six months of 2015, with roughly US$52 billion coming from performance driven gains and US$
22 Jul. 2015 Two more executives leave Saba Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Two more key executives of the $1.5 billion Saba Capital Management are leaving the company, people with knowledge of the matter told
22 Jul. 2015 Hong Kong fund management business hits record high in 2014 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New data out from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) shows that the fund management business in Hong Kong hit new highs in 2014. The combined fund management business in Hong Kong sustained another year-on-year increase to reach a record high of $17,68
21 Jul. 2015 Preqin: Only 15% of US hedge fund managers are now AIFMD compliant [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Preqin’s latest survey of global hedge fund managers reveals that most UK- and Europe-based hedge fund managers are AIFMD-compliant. By contrast, there has been slow uptake among firms beyond the EU’s borders; a quarter of hedge fund managers based across Asia and Rest of
21 Jul. 2015 Hedge funds rally on improved risk appetite in Europe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The sharp improvement in risk appetite in Europe has benefitted the global macro managers who maintained their long European equities stance during the turmoil. The Lyxor Global Macro Index was up 1% (+4.3% YTD) as of end July 14. The rebound came following the
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