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07 Mar. 2012 Public Trust Advisors go live on newly launched Linedata Admin Edge administrator platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Linedata (NYSE Euronext: LIN), the global solutions provider dedicated to the investment management and credit industries, today announced that start-up investment advisor Public Trust Advisors LLC has gone live in only six weeks from signing, with the recently announced L
07 Mar. 2012 Direct Firms are well-positioned for managed account distribution [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:The discount channel, also known as the direct channel, accounts for 7.1% of the overall managed accounts industry, or $169 billion in assets in 4Q 2011. While still only a small portion of the managed account industry, the direct channel has been steadily gaining industry
07 Mar. 2012 Nikko Asset Management’s McCarthy to retire, successor Beazley to continue growth strategy [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd today announced that Timothy F. McCarthy, Chairman and CEO of Nikko Asset Management, has decided to retire at the end of this fiscal year. Effective April 1st Charles Beazley will take over as Chairman and CEO as part of the firm’s long ag
07 Mar. 2012 Alternative and niche asset managers to drive 2012 global M&A: Cerulli [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - As global managers seek to supplement existing capabilities, 2012 M&A activity will center on managers of alternative strategies. Increasingly, managers are looking for niche sales opportunities and this means it is likely that merger
07 Mar. 2012 A third of surveyed insurers say they will increase allocation to alternatives in the wake of Solvency II [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: As European insurers are scrambling ahead of the implementation of Solvency II, a new EU directive, BlackRock commissioned a report on the effect of Solvency II on asset allocation and investment strategy, which was written by the Economist Intelligence Unit
07 Mar. 2012 Financier R. Allen Stanford convicted in $7b swindle, may face life in prison [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York - Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, was convicted Tuesday on 13 counts of fraud for an extensive Ponzi scheme he operated for 20 years. According to the charges he took investors for $7b during that time. Stanford was found guilty on a variety of fraud charges,
07 Mar. 2012 Yang and Liang join forces to launch macro hedge fund in Asia [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - Former Huatai Asset Management CIO Yang Yang and veteran derivatives trader Yiming Liang have joined the bandwagon of Asian hedge funds with the launch of Greater China-focused macro hedge fund Goldstream Absolute Return Fund,
06 Mar. 2012 VIX futures open interest hits new record: over 280,000 contracts [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: CBOE Futures Exchange, LLC (CFE) today announced that open interest in CBOE Volatility Index (VIX index) futures reached new all-time highs on Monday, March 5 and Thursday, March 1. On March 5, open interest hit 282,314 contracts, exceeding a 256,870-contract record on Mar
06 Mar. 2012 Great Lakes Fund Solutions, Inc. is acquired and re-branded Marcal Systems Corporation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Great Lakes Fund Solutions, Inc. (GLFSI or the Company) today announces its new name and management following the sale of Marcal Systems Corporation to Mark Lancaster, the Company’s new President. Marc Veeneman, the co-founder and former President of the Comp
06 Mar. 2012 U.S. Bancorp Fund Services partners with TS Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (USBFS) announces an investment in TS Capital, LLC (TSC). This equity ownership allows USBFS to leverage TSC’s active distribution services. TSC is a third party marketing organization specializing in strategic consulting, product originatio
06 Mar. 2012 Morningstar launches alternative investments centre [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Morningstar Inc, a provider of independent investment research, has launched a new alternative investments center as part of several enhancements to MorningstarAdvisor.com, a free website that provides financial advisors with practice management information, investment tr
06 Mar. 2012 Advent supports carrhae capital in growth ambitions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:Advent Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADVS), a leading provider of software and services for the global investment management industry, today announced that Carrhae Capital LLP has gone live on Advent’s hedge fund solution to support growth and maximize efficiency and transparency
06 Mar. 2012 Future Capital Partners rolls out third renewable energy EIS [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Future Capital Partners, the Ł6 billion alternative investment boutique, has launched another EIS fund that will capitalise on the firm’s successful green energy investment strategy. The new fund is the third of FCP’s renewable energy EISs, following the success of Elara
06 Mar. 2012 UCITS Alternative Index Global is up +0.87% in February, +2.25% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In February, the UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.87% while the UCITS Alternative Index Fund of Funds is up 0.99%. The UCITS Alternative Index Global is up 0.87% in February, continuing its good run since the beginning of the year (up 1.37% in January). Th
06 Mar. 2012 Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta (LAB) Index up +1.71% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Credit Suisse LAB Index was up 1.71% in February according to Dr. Jordan Drachman, Head of Research for Alternative Beta Strategies at Credit Suisse. Dr. Drachman noted, “The Credit Suisse Liquid Alternative Beta Index (“CSLAB”), which aims to reflect the pe
06 Mar. 2012 The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up +1.31% in February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index closed up 1.31% in February as all of the index component strategies reported positive results for February. The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Core Hedge Fund Index provides daily published index values which enable in
06 Mar. 2012 Macquarie Group to offer external hedge fund capital raising services [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Triple A Partners’ Australian Hedge Newsletter reports that Macquarie Group will now offer hedge fund capital-raising services to exte
05 Mar. 2012 Hedge fund industry raises $2.2 Million to prevent and treat child abuse [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:Hedge Funds Care, an international non-profit organization which raises funds and awareness for programs to prevent and treat child abuse within the hedge fund industry, raised $2.2 million at its 14th Annual Hedge Funds Care New York Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit
05 Mar. 2012 Amida Capital Management adds senior staffers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:Amida Capital Management II, LLC, a New York based investment manager specializing in relative value and convertible arbitrage, has expanded its investment platform and appointed Sudeep Duttaroy as a Portfolio Manager and Raymond Lam, CFA as a Credit Analyst. Messrs. Duttar
05 Mar. 2012 Billion Dollar Club: assets rose 2.96% to $1.335 trillion at the largest U.S. hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Despite widespread, if shallow, performance losses, the 241 largest hedge fund firms in the Americas—those managing $1 billion or more—increased their assets by 2.96% in 2011, to $1.335 trillion (as of January 1, 2012), according to
05 Mar. 2012 Bank of America Merrill Lynch report shows hedge funds lagging S&P 500 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Mary Ann Bartels, head of U.S. Technical Analysis at Bank of America Merrill Lynch reports that in their February Hedge Fund Monitor, the hedge fund flash return was up 1.19%, lagging the S&P 500 by 2.87%. Event Driven and Convertible Arbitrage performed the best for the m
05 Mar. 2012 BarclayHedge and TrimTabs report hedge fund January redemptions of $15.2bn [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Barclay Hedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported, that hedge funds redeemed an estimated $15.2 billion (0.9% of assets) in January 2012 while underperforming the S&P
05 Mar. 2012 AIMA chief executive celebrates vote of confidence in hedge funds from institutional investors [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The first quarter AIMA Journal opens with an address from the association’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Baker, entitled 'In defence of hedge funds: instit
05 Mar. 2012 Alternative asset manager FRM believes 2012 will afford better opportunities for hedge funds due to diversity of sources of return [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: FRM remains optimistic for investment returns from hedge funds for the coming year, citing idiosyncratic risk beta as evidence. In their Early View commentary, the firm says: "Technical factors i
05 Mar. 2012 Key hedge fund investors amongst those who lost money in AIJ collapse [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The majority of investors who lost money from the collapse of Japanese hedge fund operator AIJ Investment Advisors Co., were considered to be "bright spot investors" in the Asian hedge fund industry over the last two to three years, said Singapore-based research fi
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  1. Opalesque Exclusive: Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) launches several car investing funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  2. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  3. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  4. Opalesque Exclusive: Hedge fund replicators evolve[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge fund replicators as a group of products tend to get a bad rap from hedge fund managers who suggest that the best a replicator can offer is dynamic beta capture. A

  5. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo