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15 Jul. 2013 Hong Kong hedge fund managers lose jobs as opportunities dwindle - report [more]
Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia: Hong Kong-based hedge fund managers are losing their jobs as offshore fund managers wind down their operations from the former British colony because of slowing growth on the mainland and increasing opportunities in the U.S., the
15 Jul. 2013 MA Capital: A robust absolute return portfolio contains systematic beta [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to Monty Agarwal, chief investment officer at MA Capital Management, an investment management firm based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, the most robust absolute return portfolio he can find has systema
12 Jul. 2013 Cerulli: Optimism returns as global assets set to cross US$70.4tln in 2013 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global assets under management are set to cross US$70.4 trillion by the end of 2013-a full US$20 trillion higher than the industry's low point in 2008. The even better news is that this is a conservative estimate that may need upward revision if the global financial m
12 Jul. 2013 SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Index -1.94% in June (+5.06% YTD), Capital Movement Index for July shows flows decline of 1.30% [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for June 2013 measured -1.94%. Hedge fund flows as measured by the
12 Jul. 2013 French seeding platform EMERGENCE to launch new sub-fund dedicated to innovative equity strategies [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Finance Innovation, a Paris-based business and research cluster dedicated to financial services, announced the launch of the first French Emerging Asset Manager Platform, called EMERGENCE,
12 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund industry weighs in on hedge fund advertising, CFTC to rule on Dodd-Frank derivatives rules [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: With great fanfare the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lifted the ban on hedge fund advertising yesterday. Under the new rules, first set into motion by the JOBS Act, hedge funds will now be able to advertise in ways similar to mutual funds. Consumer
11 Jul. 2013 Viteos launches comprehensive regulatory reporting platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Viteos Fund Services, a leading global administrator and middle office solutions provider, today announced the latest in a series of strategic deliverables designed to mitigate the regulatory burden facing investment managers worldwide. Viteos' offering i
11 Jul. 2013 TrimTabs and BarclayHedge report hedge fund inflows hit two-year high of $18.5bn in May [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds took in a net $18.5 billion (1.0% of assets) in May, more than a forty-fold increase from April’s $430 million inflow. The results are based on data from 3,368 funds. “In May, the hedg
11 Jul. 2013 Hennessee Hedge Fund Index posts first monthly loss of 2013, declines -1.30% in June (+4.76% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hennessee Group LLC announced today that the Hennessee Hedge Fund Index declined -1.30% in June 2013 (+4.76% YTD), while the S&P 500 declined -1.50% (+12.63% YTD), the Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased -1.36% (+13.78% YTD), and the NASDAQ Composite Index fell -1.
11 Jul. 2013 Alix Capital: UCITS funds of absolute return funds outperform the broad market for the first time since 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - The latest quarterly European research on the UCITS absolute return funds’ industry published by Alix Capital, the Geneva-based provider of the UCITS Alternatives Index (UAI) family of indices, reveals that for the first time during the last four years, UCITS funds of abs
11 Jul. 2013 Hedge fund friendly Luxembourg to get new prime minister following spy scandal [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Alternatives friendly Luxembourg will be getting a new prime minister. Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union’s longest-serving head of government said in a statement early today that he will resign after being implicated in a spy scandal rocking the country.
10 Jul. 2013 SaLaurMor Capital LP hires Richard Sbaschnig to focus on insurance [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: SaLaurMor Capital LP has announced that Richard Sbaschnig, CFA, has joined the firm as a Senior Analyst focusing on the insurance industry. Mr. Sbaschnig brings to SaLaurMor almost ten years in the investment business, including buy-side and sell-side experience covering p
10 Jul. 2013 First dedicated Latin American placement firm, LatAm Capital Partners, launches despite market issues [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: The first dedicated placement agent focussed on raising capital for Latin America, has just been launched in São Paulo by Daniel Rummery, former CEO of Ridgeway Capital. “I am very excited about the opportunities across Latin America, and the long term pr
10 Jul. 2013 Preqin: number of UCITS hedge funds has grown by 260% since 2008 [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - UCITS Hedge Funds reveals that the alternative UCITS sector has grown significantly in recent years, particularly following the global financial markets events of 2008. In 2002, UCITS hedge funds became possible with the UCITS III directive;
10 Jul. 2013 Tarpon Trading launches currency trading program on Horton Point's incubation platform [more]
Opalesque Industry Update, for New Managers - Tarpon Trading LLC, a global macro FX manager launched its currency trading program on the Horton Point incubation platform, in mid-June. Tarpon is run by J. Stephen Theall, a 20-year veteran of quant FX and global macro trading at such marque
10 Jul. 2013 Global Perspectives: Make sure to be ready to comply with AIFMD requirements [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In the second part of its two-part white paper on the AIFMD’s compliance requirements, the author Shane Brett looks at further obligations and opportunities the Directive implies, including fund domiciliation, manager liability, reporting requirements, mana
10 Jul. 2013 Skybridge enters South Korea market through partnership with Woori [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: A U.S. alternative investment firm and a Korean financial group are partnering to allow the distribution of hedge fund products throughout Korea and other regions in Asia. The U.S. firm in question is
10 Jul. 2013 Credit strategies see the largest losses since September 2011 - eVestment [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: June saw sell offs in both equities and credit as investors reacted to comments from the US Federal Reserve, as well as Asian weakness. According to the latest hedge fund performance report from eVestment, cre
10 Jul. 2013 BCG: Global assets under management surpass 2007 level, reach $62tln in 2012 [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: According to a report released yesterday by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm, the global asset management industry has finally started to recover from its four year-long sta
09 Jul. 2013 Eurekahedge: Hedge funds end 7 month winning streak, down 1.47% (+2.47% YTD) [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Hedge funds recorded negative returns in June ending their seven month winning run, as global markets witnessed broad based declines during the month. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was down 1.47% in June (1), outperforming the MSCI World Index which
09 Jul. 2013 IDS acquires middle office services of Prime Administration [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - IDS Group is pleased to announce that it has acquired the middle office administration business of Prime Administration. Last year IDS and Prime launched Centro, a joint middle office administration service between Prime, IDS Group and Point 9, an international softw
09 Jul. 2013 Rosemont Partners buys into frontier investment boutique Silk Invest [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Silk Invest and Rosemont announce that Rosemont has made an equity investment in Silk Invest. The investment proceeds will enable the company to continue the expansion of its leadership position within the frontier markets as the firm opens new offices and launches new pr
09 Jul. 2013 John Paulson’s gold fund’s losses widen, down 23% in June (-65% YTD) [more]
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge fund manager John Paulson is under extreme pressure after his gold fund plunged 65% so far this year (-23% in June), after the yellow metal fell 12% that month on concerns that the Federal Reserve might scale back on its quantitative easing program, various
09 Jul. 2013 US continues making FATCA agreements despite doubts on implementation [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The US continues to make arrangements with foreign governments over the implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) despite doubts raised by some in Congress that the IRS has the resources to implement the law. The UK’s tax authority, HMRC
09 Jul. 2013 Courant report: Investor biases lead to significant opportunities for value driven systematic investors [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: In a new report, Dr. Mel Mullin, CIO of New York-based Courant Capital Management, and his team observe the dynamics of U.S. large-cap equity mispricings that often result from investor behavioral biases. These behaviors often create significant opportunit
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