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30 Oct. 2014 Report says hedge funds remain significantly underestimated in $75tln global shadow banking [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global shadow banking grew by $5tln in 2013 to reach $75tln, according to the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) fourth annual Global Shadow Banking Monitoring Report. The
30 Oct. 2014 Mistakenly wired $1.5 million and hedge fund manager gone with the wind [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: It’s all over the news throughout Switzerland. Credit Suisse, the country’s second largest bank, apparently wired a total of $1.5m to a U.S. hedge fund manager in three transactions in January this year. As banks do. However, the bank realized later that the
29 Oct. 2014 Strong performance pushes asset management compensation to pre-crisis highs [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Strong performance in the financial management sector has pushed up incentive compensation in the asset management industry, according to a new report, Asset Management Compensation: Second Choice No More, from
29 Oct. 2014 New app allows asset managers easy interaction with portfolios, securities, holdings, transaction details [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Global financial services software company SS&C Technologies Holdings has launched Explorer, a powerful data visualization and analysis tool that turns critical investment data into meaningful information. Explore
28 Oct. 2014 Ash Park partners with ML Capital to launch its Global Consumer Staples Fund on the MontLake UCITS Platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Ash Park, a boutique investment advisor, today announced the launch of its global Consumer Staples equities fund on the MontLake UCITS platform, a leading independent platform for UCITS funds designed to give investors convenient access to a range of liquid, transparent a
28 Oct. 2014 Privium launches European emerging managers platform [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York for New Managers: Amsterdam-based Privium Fund Management has launched a new platform for European emerging managers. The Privium Investment Fund will allow portfolio managers to de
28 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds return to buying crude - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds have renewed their purchases of crude oil after an extensive sell off according to the latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Funds are back at a net long on the position. The diversified hedge fund index was down 2.2%
28 Oct. 2014 Americans feel guilty for not investing enough in 2014, set higher target next year [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A majority of Americans feel guilty for not investing enough this year, outpacing common year-end regrets such as poor eating and drinking choices, not sharing enough time with loved ones or spending too much money on oneself, according to the latest survey by Ba
27 Oct. 2014 Michael Steinhardt-backed WisdomTree launches UCITS ETFs on London Stock Exchange [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - WisdomTree Europe has launched its first UCITS ETFs on the London Stock Exchange. With this launch, WisdomTree becomes Europe’s first ETF provider focused on exposures to dividend - weighted indices. The first ETFs
27 Oct. 2014 Alternative emerging markets funds offers better diversification in current market conditions [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The emerging markets, which are expected to reach 40% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), offers better option for diversification purposes in the current market conditions, said Lyxor Asset Management’s Weekl
27 Oct. 2014 Trade finance in Asia gets boost from favorable pricing [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Following a period of de-concentration in the competitive landscape of trade finance providers in Asia, the leading providers on average lost a few points of market penetration, as a long tail of local and emerging regional banks picked up relationships, said
23 Oct. 2014 ICBC launches first UCITS onshore RMB fixed income fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s European subsidy ICBC (Europe) S.A., has become the first EU registered Chinese bank to launch an onshore RMB fixed income UCITS fund, after receiving approval in principle from CSSF, the Luxembourg regulator.
22 Oct. 2014 Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index up 3.82% YTD, net asset flows of $60.7bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - - Hedge funds were up 3.82% year-to-date, registering performance-based gains of US$56.4 billion while witnessing net asset inflows of US$60.7 billion in 2014. - Currently, assets under management of funds of hedge funds have recovered to US$529.3 billion, an i
22 Oct. 2014 Barclay CTA Index Gains 2.14% in September; (4.45% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Managed futures gained 2.14% in September according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. After three quarters, the Index is up 4.45%. “Although the year-to-date return is modest, more than 75 percent of the CTAs that have reported data through Sept
22 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds, alternative investments only assets gaining value for Kentucky pension [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: With a decline of 1.41% in the third quarter, and down by about 3% when October is included, the Kentucky Retirement Systems is having a challenging time, according to chief investment officer David Peden. According to a report in Kentucky.com, hedge funds and other
22 Oct. 2014 Indian hedge fund outperforms with 65.10% YTD as country enters "investment super-cycle" [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Atyant Capital, a specialty investment manager that focuses on the Indian equity markets and precious metals, outperformed in the third quarter with 3.56% gains (+65.10% YTD) compared to the MSCI SmallCap India USD which posted 0.11% (+47.79% YTD), during the sam
22 Oct. 2014 Group of hedge funds close to sealing deal with Detroit [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A group of hedge funds is seen to approve a breakthrough deal between the embattled city of Detroit and a bond insurer, bringing the city a step closer to ending its bankruptcy, the
21 Oct. 2014 Russell buying pace increase - BAML [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The latest hedge fund monitor data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch shows that funds are increasing their positions in the Russell 2000. Russell short covering continues with strongest weekly buying in three months, that trend is likely to continue analysts sa
21 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds fell 1.18% in September on Fed tightening and ECB loosening [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds fell 1.18% in September on Fed tightening and loosening of the European Central Bank’s policy on equity markets, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index co
21 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds see outflows for the first time since December '13 [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New hedge fund asset flows data from eVestment shows that hedge funds saw asset outflows in September for the first time since 2013. Redemptions in September were likely the result of losses in July. The impact of September's losses may become evident in the
21 Oct. 2014 Hedge funds raise $18bn capital in Q3 to $2.82tln as volatility rises [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The hedge fund industry posted steady capital inflows in the third quarter as financial market volatility rose, according to the latest HFR Global Hedge Fund Industry Report by Hedge Fund Research. In a
20 Oct. 2014 Trent Hancock calls for van Eyk liquidation [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Trent Hancock of Moore Stephens Corporate Recovery, the appointed liquidator of van Eyk, has called for the liquidation of the financial services and research house ahead of a scheduled meeting on Tuesday to determine the course of the company. According to a
17 Oct. 2014 Blackstone's assets rise 15% in Q3 to reach $284bn, set to capitalize on rising volatility [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Investment and alternative investment firm Blackstone Group reported that its assets rose by 15% year-to-date as at end September 30, bringing its total assets under management to $284bn. Blackstone chairman and chief executive officer Stephen A. Schwarzman s
17 Oct. 2014 Riches Depot Group Holding Limited takes majority interest in Pacific Sun Adviors [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Riches Depot Group Holding Limited, headed up by Liu Xuezhong, is taking a substantial interest in Pacific Sun Advisors, based in Hong Kong. The transaction is pending regulatory approval. Pacific Sun is an independent advisor based in Hong Kong with an af
16 Oct. 2014 ABC Quant launches new cloud risk platform powered by LuxHedge Database [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - LuxHedge S.A., a premier provider of Alternative UCITS funds' data, announces that ABC Quant, LLC, a leading provider of risk management analytical solutions for the hedge fund industry, launched Risk Shell LuxHedge Edition. The new cloud-based application, powere
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