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12 Sep. 2014 Alpha Strategic buys stake in Premium Point Investments [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Alpha Strategic plc, a affiliate of
11 Sep. 2014 CogentHedge shuts down [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Originally developed and launched in 2001 as an in-house research facility for Cogent Alternative Strategies Inc., a third party marketer of hedge funds and other highly specialized alternative strategies for major institutional investors worldwide, CogentHedge became a t
11 Sep. 2014 Feds investigating four hedge funds in Height Securities insider trading case [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Federal investigators are looking into four hedge funds, including SAC Capital Advisors (now called Point72 Asset Management LP), Viking Global Investors LP, Visium Asset Management LLC and Citadel LLC, to determine whether they violated securities rules by trading
11 Sep. 2014 eVestment: hedge fund performance picks up in August [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds returned an average of 1.4% in August, putting the industry up 4.0% YTD, on pace to return just greater than 6% in 2014, well behind the 10.3% generated in 2013, according to the latest hedge fund performance data from eVestment. However, reduced
11 Sep. 2014 CFTC makes it easier for hedge funds to advertise [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Under the JOBS Act, hedge funds have been allowed to advertise to the public - at least in theory. One of the problems with the regulatory relief at the time the JOBS Act was passed was that it only applied to the SEC. The CFTC which also regulates certain asp
11 Sep. 2014 The UCITS V depository requirements in many ways mirror AIFMD but go beyond in some respects [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: UCITS V, which enters into force on 17 September, will amend the current UCITS regime to tackle apparent discrepancies across the European Union. Those discrepancies touch on the duties and liability of depositaries, remuneration policy and sanctions. They be
10 Sep. 2014 CTAs bounce back to post positive performance in August, Newedge CTA Index up 3.89% (+3.97% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing, today announces the August performance data for its CTA performance indices. Following a tough month for returns in July, all managed futures indices calculated by Newedge reported positive perfor
10 Sep. 2014 Long-term UCITS register largest quarterly inflows in Q2 2014 since Q1 2006, jumping to EUR 152 billion [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), has released its latest statistical release containing the investment fund industry results for the second quarter of 2014. The main highlights for Q2 2014 include: Long-term UCITS, i.e. UC
10 Sep. 2014 Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up 0.9% in August (YTD +1.7%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - It had to get worse before it got better. >> The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index was up+0.9% in August 2014 (YTD +1.7%). 8 out of 12 Lyxor Indices ended the month of August in positive territory, led by the Lyxor CTA Long Term Index (+5.8%), the Lyxor CTA Short Ter
10 Sep. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index rebounds in August gaining 1.36% (4.22%) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds rebounded strongly in August 2014 with the Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 1.36% while the MSCI World Index gained 2.48%. On a year-to-date basis, hedge funds are up 4.22%, falling slightly behind underlying markets as the MSCI World Index returned 5.96% over
10 Sep. 2014 Hedge funds redeem scant $40 Million in July and outperform S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry redeemed a scant $40 million in July, the first monthly outflow of the year, after taking in $5.1 billion (0.2% of assets) in June. “While hedge fund flows were essentially
10 Sep. 2014 Blackstone and TSSP acquire residential mortgage lender Kensington Group [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asset manager Blackstone Group said that its fund management unit Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and TPG Special Situations Partners have agreed to acquire Kensington, the specialty UK residential mortgage lender,
10 Sep. 2014 Demand for compliance audits to rise significantly [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Laven Partners, a compliance expert and hedge fund consultant, expects demand for external resources to review and validate their compliance processes to increase as regulators consistently introduce new or rev
10 Sep. 2014 Investors move capital out of Scotland ahead of referendum [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum on September 18, asset managers, investors and pension savers are moving billions of pounds out of the country,
09 Sep. 2014 Companies can influence HFT trading in their own stocks [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) has released new analysis on the influence of tick size on HFT and algorithmic trading. The research by CMCRC PhD candidate Tony Zhang and Dr Vi
09 Sep. 2014 Deutsche Bank study shows investor demand fuelling dramatic growth of hedge fund liquid alternatives [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Deutsche Bank study revealed the true extent of demand for liquid alternative investments, with the percentage of participating investors allocating to such products up from 28% to 51% year-on-year. The study - From Alternatives to Mainstream (Part Two) – saw almost three
09 Sep. 2014 Maples Fund Services launches Boston office [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Maples Fund Services, a leading independent global fund services provider, has opened an office in Boston, significantly expanding its North American presence and solidifying its brand and offering in the US market. Boston will be a full-service office that wil
09 Sep. 2014 HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index up 1.56% in August (+4.10% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds posted broad-based gains across all strategies in August, as equity markets again eclipsed record levels despite signs of weakening European economic growth and rising geopolitical tensions. The
09 Sep. 2014 Gallatin Advisers rebrands as PivotalPath, appoints Jonathan Caplis as chief operating officer [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Gallatin Advisers LLC, an independent hedge fund advisory firm, has changed its name to PivotalPath (Americas) LLC, which will operate under the brand name PivotalPath and
09 Sep. 2014 SEC charges Minnesota hedge fund manager with fraud [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has brought charges against Minneapolis-based hedge fund manager, Steven R. Markusen for bilking investors out of fees and portfolio pumping. According to the complaint, the management fees earned by Archer Advisors LLC were shrinking due to the funds’ w
09 Sep. 2014 Martoma gets nine years in insider trading case [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Former SAC Capital trader Matthew Martoma will serve nine years in prison for insider trading while at the firm, according to a judges ruling released yesterday. Martoma plans to appeal. Martoma's lawyers originally asked for two to three years, however U.S
09 Sep. 2014 Japanese managers get better in maneuvering through changes – Part 2 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Japanese stock market rallied in July as foreign investors continued to be net buyers, with an improved view on Japanese stocks; TOPIX and the Nikkei were up 2.1% and 3.0% respectively for the month, according to Singapore-based hedge fund consultant GFIA. A
09 Sep. 2014 Market neutral hedge funds raise exposure in August [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: In its latest Hedge Fund Monitor report, the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research s
08 Sep. 2014 Luba Nikulina appointed global head of manager research at Towers Watson [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Towers Watson has promoted Luba Nikulina to global head of manager research, effective immediately, following Craig Baker’s recent appointment to the role of global Chief Investment Officer. Luba has worked for Towers Watson for nine years and held various manager researc
08 Sep. 2014 Emerging markets-focused hedge funds outperform in July, Part One [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Asian hedge funds specialist GFIA said in its latest market Insight that emerging markets hedge funds outperformed in July with the exception of Russia developed markets in both equities and credit. The MSCI AC Asia
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