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22 May. 2015 Nomura adds to prime finance team [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Nomura has added two new executives to its U.S. prime finance team in New York. Ryan Donaldson has been named an executive director, responsible for hedge fund financing. He joins Nomura following 18 years at Goldman Sachs, where he held various financing
22 May. 2015 Activist hedge fund manager Carl Icahn says underweight Apple bets will hurt performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Carl Icahn has warned mutual funds that their underweight bets on Apple will eventually hurt their performance as the technology giant continues to improve. Apple remains the favorite position in the hedge fund industry with 191 hedge fun
22 May. 2015 Jared Cohen plans to launch distressed-debt hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Former Fortress Investment Group (FIG) managing director Jared Cohen has announced plans to launch a new distressed-debt hedge fund with the backing of his old boss, FIG co-chairman Pete Briger,
21 May. 2015 Law firm Walkers to enter fiduciary services business, expands to Bermuda [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - International law firm Walkers announced it will be re-entering the corporate and fiduciary services business with the launch of Walkers Professional Services in mid-June. The firm will also be expanding its global legal footprint to Bermuda, where it plans to open an off
21 May. 2015 Health care stocks top hedge fund buys in Q1 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund managers bought the largest volume of healthcare stocks in Q1, according to S&P Capital IQ’s latest
21 May. 2015 SEC introduces new asset manager report rules [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: On Wednesday, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to seek comment on a new rule requiring bond funds to report the vulnerability of their holdings in relation to interest-rate changes, reported
21 May. 2015 Z Capital pushes for Affinity Gaming sale [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Las Vegas-based Affinity Gaming is under new pressure to sell according to a letter sent by Z Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Z Capital is the largest shareholder of the company with an approximately 40% stake. Z made an offer to buy the remaining
20 May. 2015 APS Greater China Long/Short fund gains 14.6% in April (+46% YTD) on contrarian and IT bets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: APS Asset Management (APS), an asset manager headquartered in Singapore and founded by Wong Kok Hoi in 1995, saw its APS Greater China Long/Short fund generate strong returns in April with 14.6% gains, bringing the YT
20 May. 2015 BVI introduces two new fund products [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia for New Managers: The British Virgin Islands has introduced two new fund products to expand its existing funds offering, according to international offshore law firm
19 May. 2015 Pierre-Edouard Coiffard joins as Managing Director of the global consultancy firm Laven Partners [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Laven Partners, a global integrated consultancy servicing the financial industry, has been joined by Pierre-Edouard Coiffard as Managing Director within Laven Partners’ Operations Consulting department. Pierre-Edouard will use his experience in designing inno
19 May. 2015 Survey: North American institutions eye European infrastructure investments [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - North American institutions are planning long-term investments in foreign infrastructure and are pumping billions of pounds into Europe, a report from Armstrong International reveals today. Based on a survey of 305 North American institutional investors in the
19 May. 2015 Societe Generale Prime Services launches portfolio margining for clients trading with CME Group [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Societe Generale Prime Services, formerly Newedge, today announced it now offers CME Group portfolio margining for its clients. This enhancement enables its clients to treat cleared IRS contracts and exchange traded futures contracts as a single portfolio, resulting in r
19 May. 2015 Hedge funds show dispersion in May [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds have exhibited high performance dispersion since the end of April, both at the strategy and the fund level. The Lyxor Hedge Fund index posting a flat performance, up 0.06%, but this number is hiding significant discrepancies behind the scenes, reporte
19 May. 2015 Single manager hedge funds gain 1.28% in April (+4.23% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Single-manager hedge funds returned 1.28% in April and are providing YTD returns of 4.23%, according to the Preqin Hedge Fund Performance. However, the report added that the rec
19 May. 2015 Feroz Dewan leaves Tiger Global, launches own firm [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Feroz Dewan and Caleb Watts, two partners at Tiger Global Management are leaving the firm according to a statement. Dewan was the head of public equity investing at Tiger, and his departure signals a significant shift in management of the firm. Dewan plans to s
19 May. 2015 Barclays Americas execs launch Intrepid Financial Partners, will focus on energy [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Intrepid Financial Partners has launched as a specialist merchant bank for the energy sector. The firm is founded by energy sector investment banker Hugh "Skip" McGee III. The firm will work with companies and investors in the energy sector to provide merger &
18 May. 2015 Barclay CTA Index Down 1.27% in April (+2.22% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures traders lost 1.27% in April according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 2.22% year to date. “Sharp trend reversals in commodity and bond markets, coupled with a rapid unanticipated decline in the value of the US D
18 May. 2015 Barclay Hedge Fund Index Up 1.25% in April (+3.82% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds were up 1.25% in April, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index has gained 3.82% year to date. “Rising stock prices provided the tailwind for equity hedge funds in April,” says Sol Waksman, founder and president of Bar
18 May. 2015 IT holdings drive value of activist hedge fund Jana Partners by $2.2bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund Jana Partners has reported that the value of its U.S. public equity holdings jumped by $2.2bn in Q1 to reach $11.5bn on the back of its investments in information technology companies, reported
18 May. 2015 John Paulson buys $800m stakes in American International Group [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: John Paulson’s New York-based hedge fund, Paulson & Co., bought a stake valued at $800m in American International Group (AIG) in the first quarter of 2015. This is his latest wager on the insurance industry, reports
18 May. 2015 Hedge funds dumping oil position as OPEC may raise supply level [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds and oil speculators are losing faith in the oil rally on concerns the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will increase supply to its highest level since 2012, according to
15 May. 2015 Blackstone Group acquires minority stake in hedge fund Magnetar Capital [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A hedge fund unit of the Blackstone Group has confirmed that it has acquired a minority stake in the $13.6bn Magnetar Capital, which is run by former Citadel trader Alec Litowitz. According to the
15 May. 2015 Everest Capital emerging markets team resurfaces at RWC [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: RWC Partners confirms that it has hired a 15 person investment team previously at Everest Capital to establish a new Emerging, Frontier and Asia equity business. To support the team, RWC Partners has established a new office in Miami and is in the process of es
14 May. 2015 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge funds lose $850m in March and redeem $34.6bn in past six months [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research report that the hedge fund industry redeemed $850 million (0.03% of assets) in March 2015, a turnabout from February’s inflow of $5.4 billion (0.2% of assets). “Redemptions from hedge funds totaled $34.6 billion over the pa
14 May. 2015 HFRI China Index up +13% in April (18.76% YTD); Asian hedge fund capital surges to 750bn RMB [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds investing in China surged to a record monthly gain in April, as trading volume on the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program soared and the Chinese Central Bank reduced interest rates, with the HFRI China Index up +13.0 percent in April 2015, the strongest m
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