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08 Sep. 2015 Swiss CTA outperforms with 22.46% YTD returns (+1.69% August) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Swiss-based managed futures fund Singularity fund survived the onslaught of the market sell-off last month and was up 22.46% as of end of August. The fund was up 1.69% for the month of August, largely outperforming the industry benchmark BTOP50 Index which closed –2
07 Sep. 2015 Man Group’s head of China unit Li Yifei denies rumors she was assisting probe [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The head of Man Group’s China unit denied on Monday speculations she was had been taken into custody by Chinese authorities, and that she had been
07 Sep. 2015 Australia’s hedge fund industry seen to exceed $100bn [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The size of the Australian hedge fund industry is projected to exceed $100 billion, as institutional investors look for alternative sources of income amidst flat debt and equity market landscape, said the Alternative Invest
07 Sep. 2015 China economic deceleration will hurt trade partners [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Much ink has flowed on the subject of China lately. Here are some recent commentaries from Marc Faber, Nouriel Roubini, and Didier Saint-Georges. Marc Faber: firms doing business in China will suffer Marc Faber, publisher of "The Gloom, Boom
07 Sep. 2015 UK may relax rule on Cayman public register [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The UK government is relaxing its demand on the Cayman Islands to create a public register that discloses the owners of companies, said
03 Sep. 2015 Surveyed hedge fund managers and investors agree that performance is primary industry concern at present [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds delivered below-average performance last year, with the Preqin All-Strategies Hedge Fund benchmark making gains of 4.58%, compared with 12.23% in 2013. Following Preqin’s mid-year surveys of both hedge fund investors and fund managers, both parties s
03 Sep. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declined -2.54% in August (1.53% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS compliant Hedge Funds posted declines for August 2015, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index declining -2.54%. HFRU Event Driven Index posted a decline of -1.34% for August with declines in Global Special Situations equity, Merger Arbitrage and Distress
03 Sep. 2015 China’s woes hurt Tiger Global and other hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The $3.5bn Tiger Global Long-Only Opportunities fund, which is managed by Chase Coleman, the most prominent of Julian Robertson’s so-called Tiger Cub hedge fund managers, suffered a 7.4% loss in August, following the Chinese stock market turmoil. According to th
03 Sep. 2015 Hedge fund executive Stuart Bohart leaves Fortress [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Stuart Bohart, president of Liquid Markets and Senior Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group (FIG), has left the firm. His departure follows disappointing performance and investor withdrawals from the firm’s macro hedge fund unit, reported
02 Sep. 2015 AlternativeSoft adds comprehensive private equity fund analysis to analytics platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - AlternativeSoft, a provider of buy-side analytics for manager research and portfolio construction in the alternatives and long only markets, has released its latest software, AlternativeSoft v3.5. The platform provides users with comprehensive quantitative analytics, CRM
02 Sep. 2015 China-focused hedge funds post worst month in 16 years [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: New data from Eurekahedge and Bloomberg show that China-focused hedge funds posted their worst performance in almost 16 years in August. According to
02 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds posted mixed performance for August with gains in market neutral strategies [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds reported mixed performance for August with market neutral strategies leading the gain, said data provider
02 Sep. 2015 Market Vectors long/short equity indices suffer losses during August volatile market [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Vectors Index Solutions (MVIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Eck Associates, a US-based investment manager, has reported that its investable long/short equity indices were not spared by
01 Sep. 2015 Currency hedge funds survive volatile July market with 0.49% gains (+2.02% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Currency hedge funds survived the volatile July market as the Parker FX Index returned +0.49% during the month (+2.02% YTD). The U.S. dollar was up in July on safe haven demand as commodities fell and the Fed took a
01 Sep. 2015 Hedge funds come out of vicious cycle with high dispersion of returns [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The deflation and growth scares morphed into a vicious cycle last week, said Lyxor Asset Management. Multiple trading anomalies were observed, especially on Monday, suggesting that systematic and algorithmic trading am
01 Sep. 2015 Man Group China chair Li Yifei taken into custody [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Li Yifei, the chairwoman of global hedge fund Man Group's China unit was taken into custody today to face questioning as part of a large probe of financial services within the country.
31 Aug. 2015 Artivest hires Tom Gatto [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Artivest, a technology-driven investment platform that expands access to leading private equity and hedge funds, today announced it has hired Tom Gatto, a 28-year financial services veteran, as head of business development, deepening its already strong ties to the financi
31 Aug. 2015 Royal Bank of Canada (Suisse) SA becomes Banque SYZ Suisse SA [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Seven weeks after the agreement was announced, the SYZ banking group announces the completion of the acquisition of Royal Bank of Canada (Suisse) SA. The acquisition, approved by FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, became effective on 28 August. The n
31 Aug. 2015 Finvex Group acquires LuxHedge [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Finvex Group, the Brussels based independent financial consulting boutique, has acquired 100% of LuxHedge S.A., the Luxembourg-based alternative UCITS funds data provider. Finvex Group specializes in risk based investment solutions. The company advises instituti
27 Aug. 2015 Investor confidence falls in August by 4.5 Points to 108.7 - State Street [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - State Street Global Exchange today released the results of the State Street Investor Confidence Index® (ICI) for August 2015. The Global ICI decreased to 108.7, down 4.5 points from July’s revised reading of 113.2. Confidence among North American investors d
27 Aug. 2015 Pershing Square hedge fund loses YTD gains after China decline [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: William Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management lost all its gains so far this year, following the market rout caused by Chinese worries. In a report to investors on Wednesday, Ackman said that his hedge fund, Pershing Square, had returned 10% (net) YTD thro
27 Aug. 2015 Surveyed hedge fund members believe Jeb Bush most likely Republican presidential candidate (not Donald Trump) [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The New York Hedge Fund Roundtable recently surveyed its members on the topic of income inequality in America, with a "bonus" question on Republican candidates. On the latter question, 59% of the respondents said Jeb Bush was most likely to en
27 Aug. 2015 JP Morgan AM sees changing trends in institutional investments [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In a market environment that is likely to be characterized by lower absolute beta returns, institutions are reviewing their return drivers accordingly, says a recent report.
26 Aug. 2015 Preqin: Hedge fund industry sees $76bn net inflow in H1 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The global hedge fund industry has seen a $76bn net inflow of assets through the first half of 2015, bringing the size of the industry to $3.22tn. The second quarter saw the greater amount of inflows from investors, with $48bn in Q2 compared to $29bn in first quarter. Sin
26 Aug. 2015 Alternative funds growth for Jersey as private placement uptake breaks 200 barrier [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The number of Jersey funds marketing into Europe through national private placement regimes (NPPRs) under the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) has broken through the 200 barrier (June 2015), underpinned by strong combined performances in Jersey
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    By Bruce Frumerman. How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash. Wa

  2. People - Solus Alternative Asset Management adds chief strategist from BTIG[more]

    From Daniel Greenhaus joined hedge fund manager Solus Alternative Asset Management as managing director and chief strategist. He will work closely with Chris Bondy, Solus’ chief economist, managing director and executive vice president, said Chris Pucillo, CEO and chief investmen

  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