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28 Jan. 2015 AIMA and CAIA launch series of hedge fund papers for pension fund trustees [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, and the CAIA Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, have jointly published the first of a series of educational papers about hedge funds for pension f
28 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund Bridgewater gains on back of Swiss franc move [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $160bn hedge fund firm Bridgewater Associates run by Ray Dalio posted a 4.5% gain this month through Jan. 16 in one of its hedge funds after benefiting from the Swiss National Bank's sudden decision to allow the franc to trade freely against the euro. Ac
28 Jan. 2015 Update: Prosecutors seek 12 years for hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal prosecutors have asked the court to sentence convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi to 12 years imprisonment for running an elaborate Ponzi scheme that bilked investors hundreds of millions in dollars, including a Venezuelan pension fund, report
28 Jan. 2015 Ohio hedge fund manager charged with $5.5m Ponzi scheme [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Ohio-based hedge fund manager Geoffrey W. Nehrenz was accused of running a Ponzi scheme and defrauding his investors with an estimated $5.5m. Nehrenz, 36, was charged with one count of securities fraud, three counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, one c
28 Jan. 2015 Private credit catches the eye fixed income players [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new white paper from BroadRiver Asset Management places the future of fixed income in the private credit markets. "The rate of interest for traditional fixed income no longer matches the cost of offsetting lia
27 Jan. 2015 Research reveals hedge funds are optimistic about future [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - A new global survey commissioned by State Street amongst 235 hedge fund professionals reveals strong optimism within the industry. The findings show that respondents (55 percent) expect pension funds to increase their exposure to hedge fund strategies over the next five
27 Jan. 2015 Greenwich global hedge fund index -0.14% in December [more]
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27 Jan. 2015 CTAs post sharp gains, global macro stand to win from ECB’s expansionary move [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The expansionary measures announced last week by the European Central Bank (ECB) to reflate the region’s economy pushed positive gains for CTAs and global macro strategies. Lyxor Asset Management said that the move has positive implications for hedge funds and was m
27 Jan. 2015 SEC joins chorus to reverse insider trading ruling [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has joined the chorus in asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling reversing the insider trading convictions of hedge fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. The SEC
27 Jan. 2015 QInvest partners with Pioneer Investments to launch a sharia’a-compliant pan-European equity fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Qatar-based investment bank and Islamic financial institution QInvest has partnered with global asset management firm
26 Jan. 2015 Uber negotiating to raise $600 million from hedge funds and international investors [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of hedge funds and international strategic investors are negotiating with Uber to infuse at least $600m into the app-based transportation network and taxi company headquartered in San Francisco, California, which operates 54 countries, said
26 Jan. 2015 U.S. prosecutors appeal reversal of insider trading conviction of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: United State prosecutors, led by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its landmark ruling when it reverses the insider trading conviction of hedge fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, said
26 Jan. 2015 Hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi faces sentencing for fraud [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Convicted hedge fund manager Francisco Illarramendi faces sentencing this week after pleading guilty to running a Connecticut-based fraud scheme several years ago, said
23 Jan. 2015 Newalpha AM raises $250m in seed capital for long-only strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In the wake of the convergence between mainstream and alternative asset management, NewAlpha AM expands the scope of its activities beyond hedge funds to Long Only Equity funds. The success of this new orient
23 Jan. 2015 Anil Prasad to launch $500m macro hedge fund in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Anil Prasad, the former global head of Citigroup’s foreign exchange unit, is readying to launch his own macro hedge fund called Silver Ridge Asset Management with $500m in initial assets in April,
23 Jan. 2015 Fund of hedge funds ALTIN closes 2014 up 5.75% [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Swiss alternative investment firm ALTIN AG, the $250m multi-strategy fund of hedge funds listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, a positive return over the last quarter of the year, ending 2014 up +5.75%, clear
23 Jan. 2015 2014 best year since 2007 for hedge funds [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds ended the year just north of $3 trillion - a record high not matched since 2007, according to the latest hedge fund asset flows data from eVestment. The figure is notable as December saw some redemptions on the month. Investors withdrew $13.2 billion
22 Jan. 2015 Alternative assets hover near $7tln in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The total alternative assets held by hedge fund, private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure fund managers reached $6.9tln in 2014, up from the $6.22tln reported a year ago, according to Preqin’s
22 Jan. 2015 Fund managers see oil to slide further but warn of global recession if it falls to $30 per barrel [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Financial managers believe that oil prices may further slide this year but warned a decline to $30 per barrel would signal a global recession. According to the Oil
22 Jan. 2015 Top performing private equity firms you should invest in [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Professor Oliver Gottschalg of Paris-based HEC Business School, also known as Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris has released his annual ranking of the top performing private equity firms. The 2014 HEC-DowJones Private Equity Performance Ranking
21 Jan. 2015 Barclay CTA Index gains 7.71% in 2014; largest traders return 12.31% for the year [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge gained 7.71% in 2014. The Barclay BTOP50 Index, which measures performance of the largest CTAs, was up 12.31% in 2014. “The BTOP50 had a strong finish, ending the year with five consecutive profitable months and putt
21 Jan. 2015 AIMA to hold inaugural Asia regional forum in Hong Kong [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the global hedge fund association, will be holding its inaugural Asia-Pacific regional forum this week in Hong Kong, on Thursday 22 January. As AIMA's first regionally themed forum, "AIMA
21 Jan. 2015 Investors allocate record $76.4bn into hedge funds in 2014 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investors increased their allocations to hedge funds in 4Q 2014 with $3.6bn in new capital bringing the full year of inflows to $76.4bn. 2014 was the highest calendar year of inflows since 2007 as financial market volatility soared into year-end led by a steep decli
21 Jan. 2015 Hedge funds BlueCrest, Comac also hit by Swiss franc [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The surge in the Swiss franc has claimed more casualties. Michael Platt’s $15bn hedge fund BlueCrest Capital Management announced it was closing a trading book run by Peter Von Maydell after sustaining significant losses from the 41% surge in Swiss franc’s valu
21 Jan. 2015 Comment: Entering 2015, US equity values are at fair valuation levels [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to LJM’s President and founder Anthony Caine, 2015 is the first year in seven years where easy monetary policy will be reversed. The Federal Reserve ceased its bond-buying program in 2014 and is postured to increase interest rates. However, the implication
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