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09 Apr. 2015 Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record high of $2.926tln at the end of Q1 2015 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Record levels of assets were reached at the end of Q1 for ETFs/ETPs listed globally at US$2.926 trillion, in the United States at US$2.094 trillion, Asia Pacific ex-Japan at US$119.6 billion and Japan at US$109.3 billion, according to ETFGI’s preliminary monthly ETF and E
09 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds gain 2.4% in Q1 driven by currency and commodity markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted positive results last March to conclude a strong first quarter, with performance driven by strong macro trends in currency and commodity markets, complemented by broad-based gains and positioning in event driven, equity hedge and fixed income-b
08 Apr. 2015 Financial services provider ALPS to acquire private equity firm Red Rocks [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: ALPS, which provides products and services to the financial services industry, has agreed to acquire asset manager Red Rocks Capital LLC, a private equ
07 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds add $7.2bn in February, rebounding from outflow of $11.2bn in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that the hedge fund industry took in $7.2 billion (0.3% of assets) in February, the strongest inflow in the past six months and a turnabout from January’s outflow of $11.2 billion (0.5% of assets). “Th
07 Apr. 2015 Hedge funds end Q1 on a strong note, up 3.2% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The first quarter’s market conditions have been supportive of hedge fund performance, posting solid gains while the S&P 500 index is down year-to-date. Looking back at the quarter, there are many positive points worth highlighting, following a lacklustre 2014. Once ag
07 Apr. 2015 Russia’s ultra wealthy set to wait out crisis [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The number of wealthy Russian investors employing a conservative wealth management strategy has more than quadrupled in two years. The findings come from a new report on Russian wealth holders, one of the most discreet communities worldwide, titled /The UBS / Campden
07 Apr. 2015 Investors to shun emerging markets in 2015, finds Legg Mason survey [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Investors around the globe are planning to cut their exposure to emerging markets in 2015, following a tough 12 months which saw heavy losses for equities in key regions such as Brazil and Russia, according to a survey by global asset manager Legg Mason. A po
06 Apr. 2015 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index up 0.72% in March (+4.59% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Financial markets posted mixed performance in March to conclude a volatile 1Q15 which included extreme dislocations in Currency and Commodity markets, record highs for equity markets and record lows for fixed income yields. Global equity markets also posted mixed performa
06 Apr. 2015 South African hedge fund registrations start now [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The South African regulations have finally been published. As from 1st April, all existing South African hedge funds have to register with the Registrar of Collective Investment Schemes, before the end of September. Fund managers – and regulators – will have
02 Apr. 2015 Parker FX Index down -0.19% for the month of February (+2.35% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.19% return for the month of February. Thirty-two of the thirty-five programs in the Index reported February results, of which twelve reported positive results and twenty i
01 Apr. 2015 Hedge fund consultant Albourne gets new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - After a strong year in terms of revenue and profit growth, Albourne is pleased to be able to promote the following four Colleagues to Partner: Sue Chester Jose Jimenez Carmen Lam Christina Stavrinides Including these new P
01 Apr. 2015 Boris Tiomkin joins ConceptONE [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - ConceptONE, LLC, a leading provider of Risk and Regulatory Reporting Solutions, has announced that Boris Tiomkin has joined the firm as Executive Chairman. Mr. Tiomkin will be primarily responsible for leading ConceptONE’s strategic planning and business development effor
01 Apr. 2015 Tiger cub Tigershark Partners to shutter [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Tiger cub hedge fund Tigershark Partners will close by the end of this month according to a Bloomberg report. Tigershark is a $100 million market
31 Mar. 2015 Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry grows by almost 30% in 2014 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry reached $145bn in assets under management at the end of 2014, up from $112bn as of December 2013. Preqin has analyzed the growth of this market within the global hedge fund community in our latest report, and other key findings include
31 Mar. 2015 HFSB appoints Bruce Cundick and Dale West to the board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Bruce Cundick of Utah Retirement Systems (URS) and Dale West of Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) have joined the board of the Hedge Fund Standards Boa
31 Mar. 2015 SFC survey: Hong Kong hedge fund assets hit record high [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hong Kong’s hedge fund assets under management (AUM) reached a record high in 2014, according to the Report of the Survey on Hedge Fund Activities of SFC-licensed Mana
31 Mar. 2015 SEC brings charges against Tilton, Patriarch Partners [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The SEC has brought fraud charges against distressed maven Lynn Tilton and her firm Patriarch Partners. According to the complaint, Tilton and her firm stand accused of hiding the poor performance of loan assets in three collateralized loan obligation (CLO) fund
31 Mar. 2015 Asian long/short hedge funds beneficial in risk on/risk off phases in Western markets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds continue to climb higher with the Lyxor Hedge Fund Index up 3.5% year-to-date (up to 24th March). The asset class was supported this week by long/short equity and in particular Asian managers that have done particularly well, said Lyxor Asset Manageme
30 Mar. 2015 Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund surpasses $100 million in assets under management [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Abbey Capital Limited (“Abbey Capital”) is pleased to announce that our recently launched mutual fund, the Abbey Capital Futures Strategy Fund (ABYIX) (the “Fund”), has surpassed $100 million in assets under management. The Fund, Abbey Capital’s first 1940 Act
27 Mar. 2015 Retirement market is next frontier for liquid alternatives [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A new white paper by Pershing Prime Services has predicted that the retirement market may be the next frontier for the growth of liquid alternatives. The paper,
27 Mar. 2015 Alternative lending more than triple since 2006, nears $500bn in assets [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The global alternative or non-bank lending industry, also referred to as private debt market, is fast approaching $500bn in assets under management. The industry has seen steady growth over recent years, with one of the most significant gains made through 2013, when
27 Mar. 2015 U.S. authorities 'looking into’ trades of Omega Advisors hedge fund [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey and the Securities and Exchange Commission had subpoenaed Omega Advisors to seek information on some of the trades made by the $9.4bn hedge fund led by Leon Cooperman, reported
26 Mar. 2015 HFSB launches new consultation on managing conflicts of interest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) is proposing changes to its Standards to improve disclosure of conflicts of interest to investors. The proposed changes also seek to strengthen internal compliance procedures to mitigate conflicts of interest. One of the i
26 Mar. 2015 Institutional investors reduce energy exposures in Q4 [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by industry data provider eVestment has found that institutional investors have offloaded their energy stock holdings in the last quarter of 2014 on concerns about global geo-politics, technology and globa
26 Mar. 2015 Oaktree co-founder Howard Marks downplays liquid alternative funds performance [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Oaktree Capital Group co-founder Howard Marks downplayed the "promise" of liquid alternative funds and said that the asset class is not reliable to deliver stable positive performance, reported
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