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03 May. 2013 HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index posts narrow decline of -0.05% in April (+2.33% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds compliant with UCITS posted a modest decline for April 2013, with the HFRU Hedge Fund Composite Index posting a narrow decline of -0.05%, with gains in Event Driven & Relative Value Arbitrage offset by declines in Equity Hedge & Macro strategies. •
03 May. 2013 Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up 0.72% in April, 2.78% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up 0.72% in April 2013 as six of the seven index component strategies reported positive results for the month. March, April and year-to-date 2013 performances are here:
03 May. 2013 IndexIQ's Hedge Composite Beta Index up 0.86% in April, 1.18% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IndexIQ, a leading developer of index-based alternative investment solutions, announces the performance of its proprietary family of hedge fund replication and alternative beta indexes for April 2013. Designed as investable benchmarks that replicate the performance cha
03 May. 2013 UCITS Alternative Index Global gains 0.21% in April, 1.80% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The UCITS Alternative Index Global gains 0.21% in April and 1.80% in 2013. The UCITS Alternative Index Funds of Funds does slightly better this month with a gain of 0.22% and is now up 2.25% for the year. As was the case in March, the UAI CTA displays the best performance
03 May. 2013 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index up 1.11% in April (+3.30% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 1.11% in April according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman is the author of a new whitepaper, Flex Ability: The Diversification Potential of Managed Futures, available on www.credi
03 May. 2013 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up 0.62% in April (+3.77% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global financial markets recovered from a sharp intra-month commodity decline, as US large cap equities ended the month of April at record highs once again. Global equity markets were mixed for the month, with gains in US large cap, Technology, Healthcare and Financials p
03 May. 2013 Man Group reports positive performance, net outflows in first quarter [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Man Group today published its interim management statement for the quarter ended 31st March 2013. Key points - operating Funds under management (FUM) at 31 March 2013 of $54.8 billion (31 December 2012: $57.0 billion) Positive investment m
02 May. 2013 April’s performance for Market Vector’s Hedge Fund Beta indices shows Asia out in front [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Market Vector Index Solutions revealed April performance for its six investable hedge fund indices. Since 2003, the firm has used a patented methodology to capture the beta return
02 May. 2013 Backstop acquires PerTrac CMS and names new CEO [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Backstop Solutions Group (BSG), a Software-as-a-Service provider to the alternative asset management industry, announces the acquisition of the PerTrac CMS product line, a specialized customer relationship manage
02 May. 2013 Varden Pacific hires MCAM Group to raise funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Varden Pacific, the San Francisco-based structured credit hedge fund manager launched in late 2010 by a group of senior Wall Street veterans from Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and Barclays Capital, announced that it
02 May. 2013 Opinion on commodities is split according to CMC's clients [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The April trading update from CMC Markets finds that the debate on the volatile gold price is splitting sentiment on commodities. The firm writes: "Sentiment on the direction of commodities is split almost equ
02 May. 2013 AIMA reviews hedge funds’ charitable performance in new paper [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - AIMA, the global hedge fund association, has just produced the first ever global review of the hedge fund industry’s charitable and philanthropic activities. This comes at the heels of news that
30 Apr. 2013 Risk, correlations continue decline except for China, Japan - Axioma [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Risk declined in the first quarter of 2013, the fifth consecutive quarter in which overall risk levels slid lower, according to Axioma Insight: Quarterly Risk Review, a report on the state of risk in publi
30 Apr. 2013 India hedge funds struggle in competitive market [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Indian hedge fund managers are struggling to attract investors but hope to succeed where their much larger foreign counterparts don't, reports
30 Apr. 2013 SEC orders hedge fund Level Global to pay $21.5m in settlement over insider trading charge [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Yesterday, Greenwich, Connecticut-based hedge fund advisory firm Level Global Investors LP agreed to pay more than $21.5m to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that its co-founder/portfolio manager Anthony Chiasson and its analyst Spyr
29 Apr. 2013 Parker FX Index gains 0.72% (est.) in March, 1.70% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a +0.72% return for the month of March. Forty-one of the forty-five programs in the Index reported March 2013 results, of which twenty-seven reported positive results and fourteen incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was up
29 Apr. 2013 Edhec-Risk launches scientificbeta.com, the first multi-strategy platform for smart beta investing [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As of April 22, 2013, EDHEC-Risk Institute has inaugurated its new smart beta index design and production activity, ERI Scientific Beta. This activity aims to revolutionise the index world through, firstly, a new approach to smart beta investing called Smart Bet
29 Apr. 2013 Radcliffe becomes Signatory Member of the Hedge Fund Standards Board [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Radcliffe Capital Management, a SEC registered investment adviser which started in 1996 to manage alternative assets in relative value and arbitrage strategies, and now manages over $1 billion in long-only defensiv
29 Apr. 2013 Hedge fund managers feeling the heat over fees - reports [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Maturing industry, changing investor base, financial crisis and regulations are adding pressures to hedge fund managers to rethink their "2 and 20" fee structure, according to a report by the
29 Apr. 2013 Academic finds Sharpe ratio et al wanting in measuring hedge fund performance [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Marcos Lopez de Prado of Hess Energy Trading Company, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has published a paper entitled The High Cost of Simplified Math: Overcoming the 'II
26 Apr. 2013 Hong Kong court allows private fund marketing on the internet [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A Hong Kong court has recently acquitted a company and its director on four counts of issuing advertisements to promote a collective investment scheme, including posting relevant information on its website, without authorisation by the Securities and Futures Commis
26 Apr. 2013 Preqin study finds long/short equity funds have outperformed other strategies over first quarter [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest research from Preqin reveals that long/short hedge funds have outperformed other strategies in the first quarter of 2013 with cumulative net returns of 4.43%. The strategy is described by Preqin as the most
25 Apr. 2013 Dutch fund of hedge funds manager Kempen hires two senior portfolio managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Kempen Capital Management (KCM) announced that Igor Puljic and Marjoleine van der Peet will join the Hedge Funds team at their firm in Amsterdam. Igor Puljic (36) will join KCM’s Hedge Funds team in May as senior portfolio manager. Igor has thirteen years of man
25 Apr. 2013 Fake AP Tweet: Not much can be done about bogus bad news [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - Tuesday's mini sell-off following a fake tweet has led to renewed questions as to whether high frequency selling is harmful to the financial markets and whether manipulation through social media can be stopped or regulated. Meanwhile, Twitter is working on
25 Apr. 2013 John Paulson is sticking with gold [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – Beaten black and blue and losing close to $1bn over gold’s sell off the past weeks, John Paulson, the billionaire hedge fund guru told investors he would stick with gold, confident that the yellow metal will bounce back, various media reported. In a gathering
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