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27 Feb. 2012 Alternative funds hit their highest level in over four years as investors search for pockets of value [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - EPFR Global's latest survey found that the third week of February saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average flirt with the 13,000 point level, Greece move closer to securing the bailout needed to avoid a hard def
27 Feb. 2012 Survey finds that seed investors support start-up hedge funds over established hedge funds [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Globally, 78 leading investors who provide capital to hedge fund managers upon launch (Day One) or within the first 12 months of a fund’s existence (Early Stage) allocated $12.4 billion to Day One/Early Stage managers from 2009-2011, with an average ticket size of $16 mil
27 Feb. 2012 John Budzyna and Maurice Holmes Join KPMG’s Alternative Investments Practice [more]
In a clear response to marketplace demand and growth opportunities in alternative investments, KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, continues to expand its alternative funds team and today named industry figures John Budzyna and Maurice Holmes to key posts. Budzyna, an internationally r
27 Feb. 2012 Japanese hedge fund group AIJ suspected of losing $2.3bn of client funds [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Sources from Japanese financial regulator Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission on Monday said that the missing $2.3bn (183.2bn yen) of client pension funds, which had been managed by hedge and other asset managers, AIJ Investment Advisors Co, may have b
27 Feb. 2012 Deacons given licence for retail sale of two RQFII funds [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission recently granted one of the island’s oldest and largest independent law firms, Deacons, a licence to offer for retail sale of two RQFII funds. The SFC g
27 Feb. 2012 Preqin: Private real estate fund raising remains low [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Private real estate fundraising improved slightly in the second half of 2011 but still remains significantly below 2007 levels according to new research from glo
24 Feb. 2012 HFRI Emerging Markets Index leads hedge fund industry with +4.4% return in January, top gains from Russia, Latin America [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – Emerging Markets hedge funds led broad-based performance gains across the global hedge fund industry to start 2012, with the HFRI Emerging Markets (Total) Index gaining +4.4 percent for the month of January, as reported by HFR today with the most recent release of the Eme
24 Feb. 2012 Four hedge fund traders indicted in Black Diamond Capital Solutions Ponzi scheme [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Four mid-West-based hedge fund traders were indicted by a federal grand jury for charges that they created a $40m ponzi scheme according to a
23 Feb. 2012 Abacus Group recognized as top 100 managed service provider [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Abacus Group LLC (“Abacus”), the market leader in hosted technology services for hedge funds, today announced that it has been named to Nine Lives Media’s fifth annual MSPmentor 100 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world’s top 100 managed ser
23 Feb. 2012 Hedge funds drown in high water marks [more]
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Swiss bank Credit Suisse recently said that more than two thirds of hedge funds are below their high water marks. This means most of them are not getting their 20% fee on performance. Almost all hedge fund performance fees include a
23 Feb. 2012 AISIN pension fund’s manager shares six specific criteria for hedge fund investment [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - The variety of hedge fund strategies may be sufficient to meet the needs of specific of investors, but it might also obscure what pension funds desire from hedge fund investments said, Takeshi Ito, Senior Portfolio Manager for the AISIN Employees' Pension Fun
23 Feb. 2012 CFTC fines D.E. Shaw for over speculation [more]
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced yesterday the filing and simultaneous settlement of charges against D.E. Shaw &
22 Feb. 2012 HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index up +1.06% (est) in mid-February [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - Global Equity markets continued to build on January gains through mid-February, as investors focused on optimism with regard to both the US economy and European sovereign debt crisis. The US Dollar fell slightly against the major currencies, while Energy commodities rose,
22 Feb. 2012 Asia to see boom in family offices [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia – The rising number in Asian rich will help push a boom in the number of family offices in the region, a new study by UBS and Campden has revealed. Family offices are private companies that manage investment and trust for high-net worth families with over $100
22 Feb. 2012 Canadian hedge funds up 0.65% in January on broader equity markets rally [more]
From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The rally of the broader equity markets in January helped push Canadian hedge funds to start the year on a positive note as the Scotia Capital Canadian Hedge Fund Perfo
22 Feb. 2012 Given the right tools, hedge funds can evaluate broker effectiveness [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Client engagement manager at MIK Fund Solutions, Jay Rooney has posed the question 'how can hedge fund managers evaluate the effectiveness of their brokers?’ Rooney observes that traditional asset managers and hedge funds find themselves increasingly beset by
21 Feb. 2012 ASM Capital announces plans to purchase MF Global customer claims [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: ASM Capital, one of the largest domestic purchasers of bankruptcy claims, recently announced its intent to purchase investor claims in the MF Global Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) liquidation. “It is estimated that at least $1.2 billion of investor cas
21 Feb. 2012 Morningstar reports hedge fund performance for January, asset flows through December [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported preliminary hedge fund performance for January 2012 as well as estimated asset flows through December 2011. The Morningstar MSCI Composite Hedge Fund Index, an asset-wei
21 Feb. 2012 U.S. Bancorp Fund Services launches exchange traded fund multiple series trust, ETF Series Solutions [more]
Opalesque Industry Update:U.S. Bancorp Fund Services, LLC (USBFS) today announced the launch of its first exchange traded fund (ETF) multiple series trust (MST) and a partnership with Exchange Trade Concepts (ETC). This newest trust, called ETF Series Solutions (ESS), extends the benefits of a share
21 Feb. 2012 Update: GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator measures 3.14% in February, up from 1.85% in January [more]
Opalesque Industry Update – The GlobeOp Forward Redemption Indicator for February 2012 measured 3.14%, up from 1.85% in January. “Seasonally adjusted, February continues the recent trend of very low redemption levels,”
21 Feb. 2012 Eaton Vance expands fund management operations in Singapore [more]
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – Boston-based asset manager Eaton Vance has revealed its expansion plans in Asia after the Singaporean government granted its request to conduct fund management in the city-state. Eaton Vance was given the licens
21 Feb. 2012 Lipper research shows ETFs generally, and emerging market ETFs particularly, were centre of attention for the start of 2012 [more]
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Latest fund flow research from Lipper shows that for the third month in a row, investors have been net purchasers of fund assets, bringing $8.6bn into the sector. Tom Ro
20 Feb. 2012 Palmer Square signs investment deal with LNG Capital [more]
Opalesque Industry Update: Palmer Square Capital Management, along with Montage Investments and Atlantic Asset Management, today announced a partnership with LNG Capital, a long/short European credit firm based in London that focuses on European corporate credit investments. In addition to securing
20 Feb. 2012 Creo Capital joins Vulpes Group [more]
Vulpes is pleased to confirm the addition of Creo Capital and the appointment of Paul Cuthbert-­Brown as a Partner in Vulpes Investment Management. Creo Capital is an alternative investment fund company now focused on German real estate and providing investors with the opportunity for significant re
20 Feb. 2012 All EDHEC hedge fund strategy indices up in January except for short selling [more]
Opalesque Industry Update - In January, the S&P 500 gained 4.48%, almost erasing the losses incurred since June 2011, while the implied stock market volatility continued to decrease, with the VIX returning to 19.4%, close to last year’s initial level. Equity-focused strategies, having increased
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