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26 Nov. 2015 OTS Capital launches Pan-Asia long bias UCITS fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - OTS Capital Management Limited and ML Capital have launched the OTS Asia Opportunity UCITS Fund, a Pan-Asia long-biased strategy hosted on the MontLake UCITS Platform. MontLake is a leading independent platform for UCITS funds that provides investors with access to a rang
26 Nov. 2015 Abraaj exits Network International to General Atlantic and Warburg Pincus [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Abraaj Group has exited its 49 percent stake in Network International, a payment solutions provider in the Middle East and Africa to Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic. Emirates NBD will continue to own a 51 percent stake in the Company. Terms of the sale were
25 Nov. 2015 Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ends October up 0.58% (0.21% YTD) on equal weighted basis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index ended October 2015 up 1.09% (4.97% YTD) on an asset weighted basis, and up 0.58% (0.21% YTD) on an equal weighted basis. The aim of the Scotiabank Canadian Hedge Fund Index is to provide a comprehensive overview of the C
25 Nov. 2015 CTA launches fall to lowest level since 2006 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Having recorded returns of +10.85% in 2014, their strongest performance since returning +15.70% in 2010, CTAs saw further good performance in Q1 2015 as they posted returns of +4.29%. However, negative returns in Q2 (-3.74%) and Q3 (-0.16%) saw volatile swings in CTA perf
25 Nov. 2015 Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally nears $53.7bn in net new assets in the first 10 months of 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Smart Beta equity ETFs/ETPs listed globally gathered US$3.0 billion in new assets in October and US$53.7 billion in the first 10 months of 2015. There were 764 smart beta equity ETFs/ETPs, with 1,336 listings, assets of US$399 Bn, from 106 providers listed on 31 excha
25 Nov. 2015 S.E.A. Funds newly registered in Singapore for distribution under the Restricted Scheme for Accredited Investors [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - S.E.A. Asset Management Pte Ltd has announced that its two UCITS SICAV investment funds are now registered in Singapore for Distribution under the Restricted Scheme for Accredited Investors as of November 20, 2015. “Our next step for markets where our funds are now re
25 Nov. 2015 APS China A Share Fund gains 14.8% in October [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management saw its APS China A Share Fund gain 14.8% (net) in October and 18.8% YTD in 2015, outperforming the benchmark, the Shanghai A-Share Stock Price & Shenzhen A-Sha
25 Nov. 2015 More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November
24 Nov. 2015 Adrian Lee & Partners wins $1.8bn KPERS active currency management mandate [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Adrian Lee & Partners, the leading active currency manager for institutional investors, has been appointed by KPERS to manage $1.8 billion of their foreign currency exposure. AL&P is the sole active currency manager being hired at this time. The appoint
24 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds’ defensive stance on commodities pays off [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The defensive positioning of hedge funds on the commodity complex has been rewarding as most hedge fund strategies are up in November and previous trends in FX and commodities continue unabated, according to Lyxor Asset Ma
24 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds’ favorite stocks post worst returns this year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With most of their favorite stocks posting worst performance since the financial crisis, hedge fund managers are hit with poor returns, according to Goldman Sachs’ latest Hedge Fund VIP list. The data said that hedge funds’ position in health care companies, par
23 Nov. 2015 Emerging Market hedge funds gain in October on China and Russia exposure [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Emerging markets (EM) lead hedge funds gains in October driven by exposures in China and Russia as risk tolerance and liquidity returned to emerging equity markets. The HFRI Emerging Markets Index rose +3.4% during the month of October 2015 (-1.83% YTD). This was th
23 Nov. 2015 Court orders Ernst & Young to pay $25m in damages for flawed auditing of Madoff feeder hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Washington Superior Court jury last week ordered auditing firm Ernst & Young to pay nearly $25m for its flawed auditing of one of Bernard Madoff’s feeder funds, Tremont Group Holdings, that resulted to losses to its investors, reported
20 Nov. 2015 Managed futures lost in October as the Barclay CTA Index is down 0.78% (+1.52% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Managed futures traders lost money in October the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge dropped 0.78% last month (+1.52% YTD). "A powerful rally in global equities coming on the heels of two consecutive down months found many trend-following CTAs on the wr
20 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds rebound in October, join market rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds recovered in October as the industry joined a healthy market rebound following a period of heightened market volatility in August and September, Lyxor Asset Management said. In a
19 Nov. 2015 UCITS HFS Index turns around, up 0.96% in October (-0.05% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After the recent draw-down the UCITS HFS Index turns around with gains of 0.96% in October 2015 to turn positive from a year to date perspective again. The broad index started great into the month, posting returns of 0.64% after the first full week of trading.
19 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds rebound in October on global equity rally [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds rebounded in October with the Barclay Hedge Fund Index up 2.19% (+0.69% YTD), after sustaining four successive months of losses, BarclayHedge reported. Sol Waksman, founder and president of BarclayHedge
19 Nov. 2015 BlackRock is shutting down its Global Ascent macro fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has announced plans to shut down a macro fund, Global Ascent Fund, because of "headwinds facing the industry". The hedge fund, which makes bets on stock, bond and currency markets, will return money to investors. Ac
19 Nov. 2015 Currency hedge fund Quaesta Capital gains 21% through Nov. 11 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Zurich-based hedge fund firm Quaesta Capital AG manages a $420m foreign-exchange options program that outperformed its major peers with 21% gains through November 11, by betting on volatility,
18 Nov. 2015 Compensation growth stalls in asset management, says new report from Greenwich Associates and Johnson Associates [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pay levels in asset management in 2015 are projected to be slightly lower, according to a new report, Say Goodbye to Buy-Side Boom Times, from Greenwich Associates and Johnson Associates. Across the industry, compensation levels are expected t
18 Nov. 2015 Fund managers more optimistic, regain risk appetite [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Fund managers have apparently regained some of their risk appetite; they have raised their exposure to equities, real estate and alternative investments and cut their cash holdings as they expect higher growth, inflation, and a US rate hike this quarter. This is
18 Nov. 2015 Chicago-based Achievement A. M. is shutting down hedge fund following losses [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: Achievement Asset Management, a Chicago-based hedge fund firm, has announced it is closing down its hedge fund operation following losses on energy market bets this ye
18 Nov. 2015 Hedge funds and speculators more bearish on oil as price nears $40 per barrel [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and speculators are more bearish on oil as prices approached $40 a barrel for the first time since August, a report by Bloom
17 Nov. 2015 Aventicum launches maiden UCITS-compliant fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Aventicum Alternative Equities, the investment boutique focusing on European Long/Short strategies and part of Aventicum Capital Management, announces the launch of its maiden UCITS-compliant fund. The Aventicum UCITS - Absolute Return European Equity Fund offers i
17 Nov. 2015 AR Capital suspends capital raising activities for certain investment programs due to regulatory and market uncertainty [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AR Capital, LLC, an alternative asset manager, has announced it will suspend the acceptance of new subscriptions to certain of its current investment programs effective December 31, 2015, as a result of regulatory and market uncertainty affecting capital raising for both
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  3. Opalesque Roundtable: Seeding deal terms can be onerous for hedge funds[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Executives from fund of funds firms, family offices, a placement agent, a private equity firm, and an accounting firm gathered in Connecticut last month for the

  4. Opalesque Roundtable: Family offices flock to co-investment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Co-investments have been a hot topic for pension funds in recent years, as they try to move away from high fees and improve transparency. But now, family offices are more readily getting into the mix and establishing in-house deal teams, according to the delega

  5. More institutional investors invest in CTAs compared to last year despite dissatisfaction with performance[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: "Despite a strong start to 2015 for CTAs in Q1, commodity market conditions have made return generation difficult for fund managers over much of the rest of the year to date," says Preqin’s November