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05 Sep. 2013 GAM's commentary finds that August's light volumes saw asset prices drift down [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: GAM’s latest hedge funds’ Insight finds that asset prices drifted lower on seasonally light volumes during August. The firm writes that equities and bonds sold off, with the MSCI World
05 Sep. 2013 Court puts SAC Capital civil suit on hold as hedge fund firm eyes family office route [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in New York on Wednesday granted the request to put on hold the forfeiture case against troubled hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors while the trial over insider trading is ongoing, various media reported. According to
05 Sep. 2013 AIMA updates 2009 hedge fund policy principles [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: AIMA, the hedge fund industry association, has published an enhanced statement of policy principles, in a paper entitled 'Regulating Capital Markets: AIMA’s Policy Principles’. The paper updates the
05 Sep. 2013 SEC lifts ban on general solicitations, then proposes regulations [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Scott Gluck, attorney with U.S.-based law firm Venable LLP, who
04 Sep. 2013 Pelagus Capital Fund clears its first trades on Newedge’s OTC Clearing Service [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Pelagus Capital Fund LP and Newedge, a global leader in multi-asset brokerage and clearing announced that the fund has cleared OTC interest rate swaps (IRS) at L
04 Sep. 2013 Retailer J.C. Penney pulls in more hedge funds [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Retailer J.C. Penney is attracting investors after activist hedge fund manager William Ackman pulled out from the firm as Glenview Capital became the largest shareholder in J.C. Penney even outstripping George Soros’ shares, various media reported. A report
04 Sep. 2013 FSB issues policy recommendations to strengthen rules on shadow banking [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: After nearly three years since its creation, Financial Stability Board has issued policy recommendations to strengthen the oversight and regulation of the shadow banking system, international law firm
04 Sep. 2013 Hedge funds outperform S&P500 in August, despite negative returns [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds outperformed the S&P500 in August, according to the latest research fr
04 Sep. 2013 Former HFSB chairman Antonio Borges passed away [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to the Hedge Fund Standard Board’s August 2013 newsletter, Antonio Borges passed away on
04 Sep. 2013 Asset raising for hedge funds is more exponential than linear says Agecroft’s Don Steinbrugge [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Don Steinbrugge of Agecroft Partners has issued his thoughts on asset growth in hedge funds, saying that he believes momentum in asset growth is vital to successfully raising hedge fund assets.
03 Sep. 2013 Commonfund white paper: "From SRI to ESG Changing The World Of Responsible Investing" [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Commonfund Institute has released its latest white paper, “From SRI to ESG: Changing the World of Responsible Investing” by John S. Griswold, Executive Director, William F. Jarvis, Managing Director, and Commonfund’s Assistant General Counsel, Lauren Caplan,. The three au
03 Sep. 2013 UCITS Alternative Index Global loses 0.40% in August bringing its YTD performance to 1.34% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UAI Benchmarks: The UCITS Alternative Index Global loses 0.40% in August 2013, bringing its year to date performance to 1.34%. Funds of absolute return funds are also down this month (-0.66%) but still up 1.68% for the year. Only two strategy indices are
03 Sep. 2013 Cerulli finds larger asset managers get bigger on wave of consolidation [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Cerulli Associates' latest report finds that the 50 largest asset managers account for more than US$38 trillion in assets under management as at the end of 2012, a full US$4 trillion mor
03 Sep. 2013 Citigroup sells more than $6bn in hedge fund and private equity assets [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Investment bank Citigroup Inc. offloaded more than $6bn in hedge fund and private equity assets over the past month, in compliance with the Volcker Rule that sets a cap on alternative investments, people familiar with the deals told The
03 Sep. 2013 Orange County pension fund seeks emerging markets equity investment managers [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Apparently, the Investment Committee of the Orange County Employee Retirement System (OCERS) is requesting information from qualified firms interested in providing Emerging Markets Equity Investme
03 Sep. 2013 ASEAN markets showing signs of recovery but investors’ confidence remains low (Part Two) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The ASEAN markets have been showing signs that the region’s economy are recovering from the June market sell-off, said Singapore-based research firm GFIA. The majority of Asia-ex Japan fund managers with an ASEAN
03 Sep. 2013 Clear Path’s outsourcing report finds concerns on AIFMD implementation [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: A new report from Clear Path Analysis asks how long will it take for all domiciles to be fully compliant with AIFMD. The report unpicks the implications of AIMD’s implementati
02 Sep. 2013 FSB publishes reports on OTC market reform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report by the FSB Chairman to the G20 Leaders summarising progress in over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives reforms, together with the sixth of the FSB’s semi-an
02 Sep. 2013 Prestige and Metexis launch Commercial Finance fund [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The affiliation between the international investment operation Prestige and Methexis Capital has borne first fruit with the launch of Commercial Finance Oppor
02 Sep. 2013 Asian market sell-off stabilizes in July (Part One) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: The Asian market sell-off in June that saw most of the region’s currencies falling, has stabilized in July as most of the regional funds reported modest gains, said Singapore-based data provider GFIA. In its
02 Sep. 2013 Swiss fund of hedge funds ALTIN up +4.02% in 1H (+4.61%YTD) [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Swiss alternative firm ALTIN,a $250m multi-strategy fund of hedge funds listed on the London and Swiss stock exchanges, said it gained 4.02% in the first half of the year (+4.61% YTD) as underlying managers took ad
30 Aug. 2013 Sturgeon Ventures launches Non-Profit Portfolio Service for Charities Overlooked by Asset Managers [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Opalesque Industry Update - Short-termist investors who are negative on the bond market will miss great opportunities, according to Sturgeon Ventures, the regulatory incubator, which has launched a non-profit fixed income portfolio management serv
30 Aug. 2013 Preqin reveals hedge funds with highest fees achieve best net returns [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Hedge funds with highest performance fees deliver best net returns reveals new research from Preqin. The firm found that hedge funds that charge performance fees of mor
29 Aug. 2013 Parker FX Index down -0.95% in July, +0.54% YTD [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The Parker FX Index is reporting a -0.95% return for the month of July. Thirty-nine of the forty-two programs in the Index reported July 2013 results, of which ten reported positive results and twenty-nine incurred losses. On a risk-adjusted basis, the Index was down -0.4
29 Aug. 2013 CFTC harmonizes investment adviser and CPO rules [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Legal firm K&L Gates published an alert on the news that the Commodity Futures Tradin
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    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Blackstone Strategic Capital Holdings Fund, a vehicle managed by Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM), has acquired a passive, minority interest in Marathon Asset Management, for an undisclosed sum. Based in New York,

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    Soros, Druckenmiller among hedgies profiting in market plunge From HITC.com: Bullish positions in gold and volatility and well-timed short bets on China and emerging markets, among other areas, were some of the trades that benefited hedge funds on Friday as markets digested Britons' s

  3. Manager Profile - A 26-year old hedge fund manager called Brexit — here's what he thinks about the historic vote[more]

    From Businessinsider.com: Taylor Mann is not your typical fund manager. The twenty-six year old Texas A&M graduate manages Pine Capital in Larue, Texas (population 160), where he resides with his three-year old daughter. Also atypical compared with many of the largest funds out there, Mann makes

  4. Visium hedge fund manager Sanjay Valvani found dead[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque London: A hedge fund manager connected with an insider trading case has apparently committed suicide. Sanjay Valvani, 44, a hedge fund manager at New York-based Visium Asset Management, was found dead in an apparent suicide on 21 June in his Brooklyn residence,

  5. People - Mariner Investment’s co-CIO Williams to leave $5.5bn firm, IOOF hires new alternatives portfolio manager[more]

    Mariner Investment’s co-CIO Williams to leave $5.5bn firm From Bloomberg.com: Basil Williams, co-chief investment officer of Mariner Investment Group, is leaving the $5.5 billion hedge-fund firm after negotiations to renew his contract failed. Williams will stay in his role until t