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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
14 May. 2015 Ridgeback Capital injects $15m into Prima Biomed [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: American hedge fund Ridgeback Capital Investments, which is run by renowned healthcare sector investor Wayne Holman, has injected $15m into Prima Biomed in exchange for convertible notes, various media reported.
14 May. 2015 Long/short strategies limit risk while 'staying in the game’ [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque: According to Bob Rice, senior advisor to Neuberger Berman and managing partner at New York-based Tangent Capital, long/short strategies limit equity risk while staying "in the game." Rice made the com
13 May. 2015 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.52% in April (3.42% YTD) as emerging markets lead hedge fund gains [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds registered their fourth consecutive month of gains since the start of the year, with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 0.52% in April 2015 while the MSCI World Index gained 1.25% during the month. Key takeaways for the month of April 2015
13 May. 2015 Short Bund pays off for global macro hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds lost stream in the first week of May and gave back some gains as the bond market rout took its toll on systematic managers, reported Lyxor Asset Management in its 12 May
12 May. 2015 Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services calls for industry standards in reporting [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services today called on the hedge fund industry to leverage technology and adopt clearer industry standards in data management to help close a gap in transparency expectations between fund managers and investors. The recommendation fol
12 May. 2015 NEPC: Investment committee diversity and size top issues for endowments and foundations [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The diversity and size of fund investment committees rank as two top factors for endowments and foundations when they consider new allocations according to the latest survey from NEPC. The
11 May. 2015 Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index up +0.41% in April, 3.20% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index ended April 2015 up +0.41% driven by strong global equity markets. Global equity markets as measured by MSCI EAFE were up 3.73%. Bond markets as measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index were down -0.36%. Hedge Fund Strat
11 May. 2015 Asia Pacific stock Exchange signs MOU with China Beijing Equity Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In an important step towards its goal to build capital flows and act as a gateway between Australian and Asian capital markets, Asia Pacific Stock Exchange (APX) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Beijing Equity Exchange (CBEX). APX
11 May. 2015 Belgium proposes to fight 'vulture’ funds praying on indebted developing countries [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The main political parties in Belgium have put forward a bill to fight so-called vulture funds that targets indebted countries. This comes at the heel of a bank accounts freeze order recently obtained by NML Capital. The bill is a reaction to what is hap
08 May. 2015 Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached new record $2.998tln [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record $2.998tln but fell short of breaking through the $3tln milestone at the end of April according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for April 2015. Our forecast was that assets will break thr
08 May. 2015 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 0.83% in April (+3.07% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted gains in April as regional equity and currency markets across China, Russia, Brazil and the Middle East posted sharp gains, while volume surged on the Shanghai/Hong Kong Connect program to a daily record, driving Chinese A-shares to a gain of over 18 pe
08 May. 2015 Long/short equity hedge funds outperform in April [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Long/short equity hedge funds were by far the outperformers in April with the Lyxor L/S Equity Long Bias Index up +4.5%, said Lyxor Asset Management’s AII Barometer. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up +0.1% in April. T
07 May. 2015 Keywise Capital partners with Milltrust to launch the Milltrust Keywise China (UCITS) Fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Keywise Capital, one of the leading China-focused asset management companies, has partnered with Milltrust International to launch the Milltrust Keywise China Fund on the award-winning Emerging Markets Managed Accounts PLC (EMMA PLC) platform domiciled in Dublin. EMMA
07 May. 2015 Maples Fund Services celebrates 10 years [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a division of MaplesFS, marks a major milestone in 2015, celebrating its tenth anniversary – a decade of excellence and innovation. Since commencing operations in the Cayman Islands in 2005, Maples Fund Services has grown to become a recognised
07 May. 2015 Lawson Conner launches ‘Discovery’, a unique offshore investment management platform for Cayman Islands [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Lawson Conner, Europe’s provider of investment management and compliance solutions to the alternative investment fund industry, has launched ‘Discovery’, the first AIFM integrated offshore Investment Management Platform. ‘Discovery' will be structured as
07 May. 2015 Managers need to be aware of new SEC cybersecurity guidance [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The SEC last year examined 57 registered broker-dealers and 49 registered investment advisers to better understand how they address the legal, regulatory, and compliance issues associated with cybersecurity, and issued its initial
07 May. 2015 SFC recovers $190m for investors of collapsed Athena Fund [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Six years after freezing the assets of the Athena Fund, Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) managed to recover some $191m, pav
07 May. 2015 Yum Brands not an activist play for Dan Loeb [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb dispelled concerns the restaurant chain company Yum! Brands was the target of an activist campaign. He was quoted by
07 May. 2015 Convergence: Trends in alternative asset management are leading to greater operating complexity [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Convergence Inc., a data provider based in South Norwalk, Connecticut, has just produced a report detailing its annual research insights
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